Every single holiday season I can’t help but notice.
Before the last sugar cookie is gone, the stockings are still hung by chimney with care, with the remnants of bows and ribbons still peeping out from hidden places, it has arrived.
What is “it”, you may be wondering?
The commercial reminder that you are “fat, over weight, out of shape and need to do something about it”.
It shows up in the stores where tasty treats used to be days before…. man made, processed food products to make you skinny now fill the aisles and shelves.
Drinks, potions, meal replacement shakes, pressed bars of some kind of concoction, protein this and that added to random food products….you name it…it’s there waiting to help you get skinny and fit.
After all, you cookie glutton, you over did it and need to atone for the sins of your eating.
Ugh! How I hate all of that!
I passed a woman picking up a pack of meal replacement shakes….I had to hold myself back from slapping them out of her hand and telling her not to do it.
Ha…can you imagine? 🤣
I’m passionate, what can I say?
Seriously though, it just makes me sad that so many will make their somber resolutions to get it “right” this year, to finally be successful at losing weight or hitting a new goal, but going about it all wrong.
The wrong way
There is a way that many think is “right” yet it’s almost always guaranteed to fail.
It looks something like this….
New year, time to get on track.
Make a resolute plan.
Eat up all the “bad” food because, hey, I’m dieting and there won’t be ANY fun foods allowed. Who knows when I’ll get to eat it again.
Prepare to diet by greatly restricting your calories in a greater deficit than you require ( this ensures you will be constantly hungry and thinking of food)
Eat tiny boring meals of “diet” type foods ’cause that’s what you’re supposed to do.
Remove any pleasurable foods from your day.
Constantly think of when you can eat again.
Pick up some type of exercise and throw yourself into it.. hard… ( hey does it really matter if your body is not at that fitness level yet? ) you have to work hard and punish yourself for eating and gaining weight.
Daily weigh in letting the scale be your judge and jury. Loving yourself if it gives you what you want, being disgusted if the numbers don’t come up like you hope.
Repeat this process a week, maybe two, losing a couple pounds before running back to your normal life like a comfy old friend.
You resign yourself to always being this way.
The right way
Ok, I was kinda being funny, but the sad part is, this is very much a reality for lots of people.
They have good intentions and want to be successful but just go about it in the wrong way.
What can work? How do you once for all get over the place you’re in?
Keep it simple.
Nothing says you have to do all kinds of hard, crazy, or painful things to reach your health and fitness goals.
Instead, consider this:
Don’t make over blown promises with unattainable goals. Telling yourself you’re going to workout 5 days a week when you haven’t done anything is unattainable.
Saying you will commit to a 5-10 minute walk each day is much more short term and easily accomplished goal.
Instead of “making” yourself eat healthy foods why not experiment with a couple new healthy options that sound appealing to you. Try a new dish or fruit or vegetable. Cut out a sugary drink, eat a little less. Modify portions.
Weigh only once a week with the goal being 1-2 pounds which is sane and reasonable.
Make a single, short daily commitment to yourself, anything that is positive and helpful to your fitness and health goals.
A daily commitment that takes 10 minutes or less is completely doable no matter the kind of day you are having.
Several weeks of keeping simple, daily commitments will show you that you can take steps towards bigger goals and be successful with them.
Simple resolutions will potentially keep you from quitting, empower you, and give you the confidence to move forward with bigger,life changing goals.
Tell me, what approach have you tried to weigh loss and fitness?