Ayesha Curry on resolutions: You try ‘to do the most & almost always end up failing’

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I have to admit, I don’t pay much attention to Ayesha Curry (or her husband). So I was completely unaware she was on a weight loss kick — 35 pounds is a noticeable amount so I was really not paying attention. But she talked to People about her health and fitness goals for 2023 and they’re pretty relatable and definitely more doable than some of the dramatic resolutions people make for themselves.

Like many, Ayesha Curry is starting the year off right by setting new health goals.

In an interview with PEOPLE, the chef and cookbook author, 33, opens up about kicking off 2023 with big health and fitness goals and how she plans to stay on top of accomplishing them.

Curry admits that when it comes to the typical New Year’s resolutions, she’s actually more of a “monthly resolution type of girl.” She explains that it’s easier to keep track of her small wins throughout the year that way.

“I’ve kind of been going through a health journey for the past three years now,” she tells PEOPLE. “I’m into manifesting and writing things down and setting my intentions and goals. I am obsessed with that and I find that it really works for me, being able to visibly see things.”

“One of my big resolutions for January is going to be to build a little bit of lean muscle,” Curry adds. “I’ve lost 35 lbs. over the past year, which I’m really excited about, but now I want that definition and I want to feel strong in my skin.”

To begin the new year, Curry has partnered with MyFitnessPal for the nutrition and fitness app’s two-week Jumpstart Your Health Challenge, lending her tips and recipes to help others meet their personal health goals. She boasts the program’s “approachable” way to meet New Year’s resolutions, which she admits are hard to maintain.

“When the new year comes around every year, everybody’s going all in, balls to the wall and wants to do the most, and you almost always end up failing,” Curry says. “And so with this Jumpstart Your Health Challenge, it just makes it easy. It’s not overwhelming, it’s approachable.”

[From People]

I hadn’t really thought about it until not, but Ayesha is right. Setting smaller and/or monthly goals is more manageable than some lofty annual resolution. I also think programs like Ayesha is doing, with a clear end date, are easier to stick to than just adopting some crazy exercise schedule and new meal plan on January 1 and in perpetuity. And I’ve actually been doing the smaller goals thing for awhile with my Apple Watch and Apple Fitness+ app. There are monthly challenges based on your own tracked activity level and different awards you can get, so I’ve been obsessed with completing the challenges and getting the badges rather than losing a certain amount of weight. And if I don’t complete one of my little goals — like doing all the core classes from a certain trainer on the app — I know I can still do it later and don’t feel too bad. Ayesha is right that doing too much makes it too hard to stick to these plans and smaller goals are more effective.

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  1. Eurydice says:

    Things like this make me grumpy. Nothing against Ayesha – she’s trying to do something, just like everyone else. But I get super impatient with this idea that things have to happen only at specific times. Resolutions at New Year’s, love your partner on Valentine’s day, love your mother on Mother’s day, be thankful on Thanksgiving, give gifts at Christmas. There’s no reason why all these things can’t happen on any other day of the year. Rant over.

  2. CJT says:

    She has definitely been on a fitness/health journey for a good while now, but I must say she’s had buccal fat removal. It’s THE thing right now, has been for a few years.

  3. AngryJayne says:

    I think the 2 week goal approach is clever because it seems less daunting and completely achievable.
    I’m turning 38 this month, and have been thinking about all the health issues my parents have, and the steps I need to start taking now to (hopefully) not make the same mistakes.
    Whatever your motivation is- I think it’s smart to small.

    • ML says:

      Agree. It’s also clever to say that small steps are important during this time of year when lots of people make resolutions they won’t be able to keep. She’s quietly been on her slow weight loss journey and now she’s bringing attention to actual results 👍

  4. K.Tate says:

    I like her! I am happy for her weight loss because I have gained 30 lbs in the past 5 years (late life baby plus peri menopause did me IN) and it’s an inspiration to see her do it! I do remember the comments she made about other women/models wearing revealing clothing and I still am a little annoyed that she made it.

  5. imara219 says:

    A few years ago, I started treating my resolutions like action plans. I decided on didn’t buckets/categories (i,e, job, spirituality, health, home) and just wrote a list of all the things I wanted to do in those buckets. I think divided all of those things into each season. Therefore, it was less about going to the gym on Jan 1 and became let’s do this situ-up challenge by the Spring; I’ll move on to the 2-a-day Challenge in the summer, I can try the walking challenge, etc. Doing my resolutions this way changed my life. I was actively attaining my goals throughout the year and placing each thing I wanted to do in different buckets to see my progress and know what worked and different work towards my larger goals. I’m not going to lie this New Year’s Eve; I didn’t build a list. I bought a beautiful Day Designer planner and used those worksheets, but I didn’t make a big fuss. I’m going to either do things or not.