As I sit and type these words, it is early October.
In less than 30 days, many people will begin celebrating what I consider to be the first of three holidays that lead to weight gain and overall poor health.
Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
And if you haven’t yet noticed, what typically follows this scenario is an emotionally driven desire to undo the damage done during this time as quickly as possible.
Now I don’t know about you, but I personally find that starting the new year with a set of unpleasant chores to be a drag.
Not to mention, the activities that usually go along with these weight loss techniques are usually extreme, expensive and are often met with failure.
So on that note, I’d like to offer a different call to action.
One that if followed, could enable you to wake up on January 1st feeling empowered, inspired and eager to start your day.
That call to action involves…
Staring Your New Year’s Resolution NOW
The idea behind starting your New Year’s resolution right now is to begin a healthy living agenda today.
There are a few ways to make this work, and all of them can be relatively easy and stress free.
The only requirements would be:
- A realistic routine
If these three components are present, the chances of you waking up on January 1st feeling a sense of appreciation, rather than dread, are pretty high.
The truth is, when we want something bad enough, we usually find a way to get it.
In this case, if it’s a weight loss resolution that you have finally grown sick and tired of, your desire to free yourself from it will become your motivating factor.
When the desire to wake up on January 1st free from the burden of having to drop a bunch of weight becomes the loudest voice in your head, you’ll start to look for ways to take action so you don’t have to continue to deal with the insanity of the pain of broken resolutions in the years gone by.
The idea of starting your resolution NOW is to get you on a wellness program before the months of gorging happen…which will leave you in a position to already have a safe and structured exercise routine and a well-balanced nutrition program in place to help you to not behave in ways that would promote unhealthy behavior that you would be forced to “make up for later”.
It’s much easier to maintain a level of WILLpower when you are already treating yourself well than it is when you’re in the middle of being a victim of your circumstances (aka – surrounded by food and activities that lead to weight gain without a wellness plan in your life to balance out your mindset and behavior).
If your desire to start your new year feeling a sense of freedom and self-respect becomes stronger than anything else, you’ll understand the importance of taking immediate (but strategic and intentional) action to make this a reality…and you’ll do so with a healthy outlook.
A Realistic Routine
By getting started on your New Year’s resolution NOW, you are in a position (since this is more of a lifestyle shift rather than an intense clean up) to take your time and do things the right way.
When you seek to change your body “the right way”, you understand that physical activity and healthy nutrition are a LIFESTYLE as opposed to a way to practice damage control.
Your mindset is completely different as it’s focused on well-being for a lifetime. This means taking your time and finding out how to incorporate a food and fitness plan that is perfectly suited for your tastes, schedule, current level of fitness and the ability to realistically stick with it.
When this is how you approach wellness, you choose behaviors that work in your favor because you are acting from deliberate intention as opposed to reacting from a place of emotional turmoil.
Your routine becomes a realistic one that you can implement for a lifetime…which places you in a position to not have to worry so much about weight loss in the future.
When well-being is the “goal” in and of itself, consistency becomes natural.
This is because it’s far easier to behave in ways you are mentally and emotionally in agreement with than it is to try to force yourself to be someone you aren’t.
If you begin your New Year’s resolution NOW, you do so from a place of wanting to be well.
When this is the state of mind in which you base your diet and exercise habits off of, you are doing so from a place that represents what is most natural for you and therefore, behaving with consistency is simply a reflection of what you actually think about wellness rather than a action taken to fix a problem.
Putting It All Together
As I have discussed in just about every single post I have written on the subject of health and wellness, the way to lose weight and keep it off (unless there are additional factors involved such as medical conditions, etc) is to simply decide that well-being is the goal in and of itself.
So in regard to putting an end to the New Year’s weight loss resolution, if you start implementing a wellness program RIGHT NOW…, you will not only be free from overindulging throughout the next few months to begin with, but you won’t have to wake up on January 1st with a sense of dread about what lies ahead of you.
When you combine the desire for freedom with a realistic plan that naturally inspires consistency, you will no longer be someone in need of an article such as this one.
This is exactly what I did.
I began my journey to wellness on some random day throughout the year and by the time the holidays rolled around, my mindset was already geared toward well-being.
I simply wasn’t attracted to overindulging any longer because what I wanted more than anything was to be free from the insanity of the negativity that I would experience once the festivities were over and I had to look at cleaning up the damage I had done to my body.
It’s a disempowering way to live in general – and it’s especially depressing to start the new year off this way.
But for the last six years, it has no longer been an issue for me…and through these words, I am offering you the same wisdom I followed in the hopes that you’ll free yourself as well.
For more detailed information on how to incorporate a safe and structured wellness program into your life through nutrition and exercise, read my other posts on this blog. In them you’ll have the tools needed to get you started on how to go about healthy living the right way….and this includes mindset (the most important factor of all).
Does it make sense to start your New Year’s resolution now? Do you want to be free from this insanity once and for all?