I fall into that percentage of people who had given up on their New Years Resolution by February 1st. My birthday is at the end of January, so sometimes I would negotiate throughout January, that I’d start February…after my birthday…after the cake and the meals and the indulgence…
It never happened.
A few years ago, when I was in ‘weight loss’ mode, I realised I had found it really easy NOT to gain weight during the holidays, despite all the same food being in the house & I wasn’t setting New Years resolutions, instead I started thinking about the next year in November and December. I started to think about studying, my career, the races I wanted to participate in and getting pregnant.
It would be easy for you to think that my weight loss affected these choices, that after losing close to 100lbs, of course I wasn’t going to go ‘off plan’ but that’t not what happened.
For the first time in as long as I could remember I had hobbies, I had passion – I was interested in achieving something that wasn’t about my weight…sure it was a byproduct of my weight loss – but I didn’t have a desire to lose weight in the New Year.
What I didn’t realise was that back in the winter of 2012 I set in motion a change that would literally help me quit dieting.
I no longer need to lose weight on January 1st, because I have dealt with the emotion that I hid with food.
The most amazing thing about quitting dieting, is that you are always aware of your goals. You develop an ability to own your food choices, and no longer defend or excuse yourself. It’s about health instead of a number, and it’s about becoming a better version of yourself, rather than constantly berating your ability to lose the number you pledged…
In this video I am providing you with THREE tips to help you set resolutions…or goals – at any time of year, but why NOT now?
Decide what is and isn’t working for you – change that instead of trying to avoid the actual problem.
My clients get fed up with hearing this, because it’s so true! Action begets action, writing down your goals is great – but not if you ignore the piece of paper. Get Shit Done.
There is no point only setting yourself one long-term goal that when you write it down it scares the sh*t out of you! Set yourself a long-term goal, let’s say 12 months, then set supporting goals which will actually help you get there, but also provide you with actions to take and motivation along the way, I usually break it down to a 3 and 6 months goal too.
So take ONE thing, ONE goal you’d like to achieve in the next 12 months, and then create smaller, supportive goals to help you get there.