The holidays are over, and we’re already into the New Year with fresh new goals, the intent to reach them, and excitement for what’s possible in the coming months. Without a doubt, every year, the #1 most popular New Years Resolution is to lose weight. How’s that going for you?
To be honest, I've made that resolution countless times myself, and I'm sure that you have as well. What is the first thing you think of when you hear "lose weight"? It’s the “D” word that instantly causes anxiety and makes you feel crabby right away. There is nothing about “dieting” that leaves you feeling empowered about your body or health. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
This year and all future years, I want to encourage you to ditch the diet mentality. Please. For your health and happiness. Diets are unsustainable, leave you feeling deprived and counting the days until the plan is over and the hunger pains are gone. Who can live happily like that long-term? No one, which is precisely why these resolutions are short-lived and we resolve to try again next year. Before you throw your hands in the air and give up, I have good news -- it doesn't have to be this way.
This year, resolve to find your steady pace. Try a few of my favorite tips…
Better decisions: Resolve to make healthier decisions that make you feel great, not ones that make you miserable. It’s easier than following a strict plan and will leave you loving your new lifestyle. Following strict plans can leave you feeling deprived, which can lead to rebellion and that's absolutely not what we want! Better decisions are far more beneficial and enjoyable long-term. What are better decisions? Any choice you make that puts you in the right direction of your goals.
No rush, take your time: Instead of trying to do a complete overhaul of your life, start by making smart, better decisions over time. Changing your habits and doing it slowly leads to creating healthier habits that last without overwhelm and confusion.
One baby step-at-a-time: Start with one new healthy habit a week. With this method, you’re focusing on one thing that improves your health at a time, as it becomes a part of your routine. For example, for your first week, focus on drinking enough water. Most people are dehydrated and don’t even know it so this is always a fabulous place to start. You’ll see and feel changes quickly, and you can move onto your second week with another small health goal to implement like eat 2 more veggies in a day.
What are some of the most important aspects of your health you'd like to change? Brainstorm some manageable steps to reach these goals and get to work and leave a comment below.