Over this holiday week, you may have found yourself eating, and eating, and eating!
And you may be beating yourself up about it.
But telling yourself how horrible you are truly is NOT helpful—and it could very well end up making you feel so bad about yourself that you unknowingly sabotage your future efforts to lose weight.
It will probably go something like this:
You feel fat. You may even feel desperate to lose weight. Every time you feel how tight your clothes are, all you can think about is how much you hate your body.
You know you need to diet and exercise so that you can drop some weight, but it’s the end of the year, right? Why start now?
You make a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight. You decide that on January 2nd you are going to start dieting and exercising.
Between now and then you keep eating, and eating, and eating. You are trying to cram in every food you love to prepare for months of hunger and deprivation.
You feel bloated, headachy, and slightly sick.
And you hate yourself even more. You feel ashamed that you’ve let your weight get out of hand—again.
On January 2, you force yourself to work out and you start a diet that drastically cuts the amount of food you’ve been eating.
Each day gets harder and harder.
Maybe your diet lasts for a day or two, or for a week or two, or maybe you are even successful at meeting your goal.
And then you feel your control slip.
You just can’t maintain the rigid diet and exercise “rules” you’ve set in place. You’re tired of being hungry. Your tired of feeling deprived. Your tired of feeling like you aren’t fully living your life.
Before you know it, you’ve regained the weight you’ve lost—and then some.
This time next year, you find yourself putting “losing weight” at the top of your list of New Year’s resolutions—again.
It’s time to say, “ENOUGH!”
There is another way! And you don’t have to follow rigid rules, feel hungry and deprived to get the body you want. (Honestly!)
The first tip is to ease up on the self-criticism.
This makes sense when you think about the the foundation principle that Energy Attracts Like Energy (also known at the Law of Attraction).
If you spend all your time thinking about the fact that you don’t have the body you want, you are actually creating more life experiences where you are unhappy with your body.
Begin using this Universal Law to work for you instead of against you!
Start today by focusing on what you can appreciate about your body. By focusing on what is working and what you do like, you will create more opportunities to appreciate and love your body.
The second tip is to ease up (just slightly!) on the food intake.
This is not the last time you will be able to eat your favorite foods. (I promise!) When you take off the pressure of “never being able to eat this again!” there is not the frenzy to shove everything in now before the “diet deadline.”
Eat what actually feels good. What you really want in this moment. What you can really savor.
There is more than enough. There is plenty. You can still eat your favorite foods AND lose weight.
Taking the self-imposed pressure off means you will eat less, enjoy more, and start the year maybe not quite as heavy and physically hung-over as you would be otherwise.
You will feel better and have some momentum going on January 2, so beginning to implement some healthier eating doesn’t come as such a shock to your system.
The third tip is to take baby steps.
If going to the extreme of implementing rigid rules and drastically reduced calories is going to make you feel deprived and resentful—and ultimately send your efforts to create the body you want on the skids—then why go that route?
What if instead you committed to eating a little bit healthier today? Or getting in a 10 minute walktoday? And you celebrated what you did, instead of what you didn’t do? Would making that same commitment be a little easier tomorrow? What would your wellness journey look like next week? Next month? In six months?
“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”
Lao-tzu, Chinese philosopher (604 BC – 531 BC)
What step are you willing to take on your wellness journey today?
When you just keep taking those small steps, it’s not too much time before you have achieved your New Year’s Resolution and have created the body—and lifestyle—you want!
Together we can do it!