The history of making New Year’s resolution began with the Babylonians approximately 4,000 years ago. The Babylonians New Year’s Day was March 23rd. March was a logical time period for the New Year because spring begins and crops are planted. The Romans celebrated the New Year on March 1st, not January 1st.
New Years Day was changed to January 1st by Julius Caesar to honor Janus, the two-faced god who looks backwards into the old year and forward into the new. January 1st has no astronomical or agricultural significance. It was a random date selected by Julius Caesar. The vision of Janus started the custom of New Year’s resolutions. Most of the resolutions were based on moral favor.
Studies show that in the past 10 years, 40 to 45% of American adult make one or more resolutions each year. Among the top New Year’s resolutions are resolutions about weight loss, exercise, and stopping to smoke. Also popular are resolutions dealing with better money management / debt reduction. Although many people fail to achieve their goals, or break their resolution before the year is up; you are always going to come closer to achieving your goal if you set one, than if you don’t even try.
With our wedding less than six months away, Matt and I are feeling the pressure. The pressure to get things in place, the pressure to start paying our bills, and the pressure to look good. Yes, we are joining the masses and making a New Year’s resolution to get in tip-top wedding shape.
After a wonderful week at home, Matt and I returned to New York to a mess slush and snow. We are tired but decided to make a trip to the gym. We kicked off “the new year” a week early with a solid work out and a healthy dinner. Later that night, Matt made a good point when he said, “we are starting our New Year’s resolution a week early. That means we will always be a week skinnier than everyone else.”
So to everyone else trying to get in shape during 2011, catch us if you can!