It’s that time of year again. Magazines are revamping the old headlines and there’s the age-old debate over whether you should make a resolution or not. Weight loss is usually at the top of the New Year’s resolutions list, along with giving up smoking, cutting down on drinking and getting fit. We dive into them head first and sales of salad, low-fat products and gym memberships rise until we get to the second Monday of January and things go wrong!
So, should you be making a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight or not? Well, if you want to lose weight then you should decide to do it, there’s no question, but like a diet it’s about how you approach it and what the connotation is in your head.
I do believe in setting goals and trying to improve your situation. Whether that means a resolution or a plan or just a theme for the year – to my mind it’s all the same. I hear the comments that resolutions are bad because they only get broken, well, here’s the deal: You only break your New Year’s Resolution because you allow yourself to. And to some extent because you expect to and the world expects you to.
You can’t expect to wish for weight loss and for it just to magically happen. You have to MAKE it happen. Just as its ok me wishing I could have a new car – I have to make it happen by earning enough to afford one and then going out and looking for one.
As long-term readers of my blog will know, I don’t advocate dieting or short-term approaches, so a year-long resolution seems like a good idea to me. My theme for my clients this year is ‘Make 2012 the year you lose weight PERMANENTLY’.
Here are 7 ways to ensure that you keep your weight loss resolution this year:
- Ensure your goal is what you really want, not what your friend, partner or government guidelines want. Spend time really considering what you want and then go for it.
- Make a plan of where you want to be in 12, 6 and 1 month’s time. Breaking it into manageable chunks means that you can assess your progress and know that you are on the journey even if you haven’t made it to your destination.
- Change the way you think. Practising positive thinking and finding the silver lining in every cloud is a learned skill. Losing weight isn’t plain sailing and there will be setbacks. Handling them right is the key to success.
- Stop thinking of food as good or bad. Food is just fuel. Eat the food that you want when you are hungry and stop when you are full.
- Build in time to move more but don’t rush out to join a gym. Increase your level of exercise slowly and gently and make sure you build it into a routine, avoid the ‘all or nothing’ trap.
- Keep your resolution to yourself. The last thing you need is people asking you how you are doing all the time, it puts pressure on you and you don’t need it. Wait until someone notices your progress and then thank them graciously for the compliment.
- Don’t allow any excuses. This is a lifelong habit shift, not a short-term diet. Hold yourself accountable and expect success not failure. In this respect hypnotherapy can help.
You can start losing weight at any time of year, I started my weight loss journey in July, just before my summer holiday but the symbolism of New Year and a new start is as good a reason as any to try a new approach. I urge you, even DARE you, to try a new approach to weight loss and New Year’s Resolutions this year. Tell me what you think below!