Thinking Ahead To the New Year

By Joni Walton
Thursday, October 31, 2019

November and December are some of the most exciting months of the year because they make up the holiday season.

In the post Halloween aftermath, Thanksgiving moves to the forefront of nearly everyone’s mind. Then Black Friday always seems to come too early — serving as the unofficial start of the holiday season — kicking off an entire month of stress-inducing activities. Moreover, another year draws to a close and a new one begins.

The holiday season is when we’re often feeling pressured, overweight, needy, and in a rushed and hurried headspace. Most feel trapped in this all-too-common cycle where their resolutions reflect a panicked anxiety rather than deliberate purposeful choices.

Making resolutions can be traced back to the Babylonians. They made promises to their gods to return anything borrowed and repay debts. In this day and age, the tradition continues with goals set around health and fitness, breaking bad habits, financial prosperity, as well as helping others, to name a few. So, it begs the question: Why do we engage in New Year’s resolutions?

We make resolutions as we ride the crest of a wave of good cheer and the renewed belief that anything is possible. Then reality sets in, as does procrastination. To make it work, you need to find the willpower to drive you to the apex of achievement, and more specifically, to the moment that you can punch your fist into the air and shout that you’ve done it!

I say break with tradition! Instead of starting your resolutions on January 1, try smaller, more tangible goals that funnel into your grand vision. Attach deadlines to your goals, but also plan for manageable, incremental and realistically attainable goals sprinkled throughout the year. Plan your attack so that you can attack your plan — no matter the start date.

For example, maybe your goal is to lose weight. Wanting to lose 20 pounds overall is a large goal, but by breaking it down into smaller, incremental goals, it’ll be easier to achieve. Maybe you cut your soda consumption by half in the first week and change your evening snack from ice cream to a frozen yogurt in the second week. In week three, you may choose to forego the workplace morning donut but have a small cup of fruit as an alternative. You may then add a brisk 20 to 30 minute walk before work and/or after dinner by week four.

All of these smaller, short-term weekly goals are manageable changes that you can implement to reach your long-term goal of losing 20 pounds. In as little as a four short weeks you may have lost upwards of eight to ten pounds, nearly half way to your overall goal, giving you that much needed incentive and motivation to push you through. This turns the vague, lofty goal of losing 20 pounds into a plan that has more reasonable, attainable and detailed mini-goals.

We’re all impatient beings and want changes to be instantaneous, but that quick-fix-magic-pill simply doesn’t exist. Often when we try those fly-by-night ideas, they end up leading to nothing more than frustration and wasted time.

In short, look to change your lifestyle in a slow, controlled manner and the results will come. Not only do I utilize this method in my personal life and in my fitness endeavors, but also in business. I’ve grown my business by using precisely this methodology, and 25 years later we’ve grown 800%. In my opinion, setting the framework for how you are going to achieve your desired result is the key to success.

Joni Walton is the owner of Danlee Medical Products and Walton’s Total Fitness. Walton holds certifications in Group Fitness and Spin. To learn more about Danlee Medical, call 800-433-7797 or visit For more information regarding Walton’s Total Fitness, contact Joni Walton at 315-430-3655 or