You are about to be bombarded by all of these images and messages around “New Year, New You”.
The dieting industry is about to pounce on you faster than you can say mean, green, detox machine!
You will be sold a new version of you that includes trimming down & toning up in a record period of time!
There’s something about the start of a new year that signifies new beginnings.
But the issue is why wait? (or why weight?!)
There is more than one time a year to make a change.
I’m a big believer in making positive changes when YOU ARE ready which is more internally driven (and not exclusively on January 1st – more externally driven).
I’d encourage you to start to think about a positive change that you’d like to start TODAY…not tomorrow and not January 1st. I’ve read a statistic that 92% of new years resolutions do not succeed. The 8% that do are for things like spending more time with the family or getting a new job.
I personally believe that the reason for this is because we expect something will be different on January 1st, such as some newfound willpower and self-control (but we know the minute that we try to be in control too much, we end up out of control at some point).
This also means that we are putting our lives on hold until Jan 1st and this also can give us an excuse to be out of control with our eating until Dec 31st (think last supper mindset) because come Jan 1st “I’m going to be in control”.
The most empowering thing you can do right now is to decide on one small behavior change that you will commit to doing today (and you can do this every day) that will take you one step closer to the person you desire to deserve to be.
If you want to lose weight, you can. If you want to take Patented Detox Supplements and clean your liver, you can. If you want to stop drinking you can. What’s different is rather than making it a January 1st spectacle, you make it something you do starting today with one small change.
Change occurs in baby steps. Meal by meal & day by day. Every day in little ways we can improve. Next year, the you that you are will be different to the old you.
But most importantly, don’t be afraid to say you are happy the way you are. Change for the sake of it may not bring you the happiness you think it will.