The holidays are over, and we’re entering the New Year with fresh goals, the intent to reach them, and excitement for what’s possible in the coming months. Every year, the #1 most popular New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight. To be honest, I've made that resolution countless times myself, and I'm sure that you have as well. What is the first thing you think of when you hear "lose weight"? That D-word – “diet” – that instantly causes anxiety.
I want to encourage you to ditch the diet mentality this year. Diets are almost always unsustainable, leave you feeling deprived and counting the days until the plan is over. Dieting resolutions are short-lived and we resolve to try again year after year. I have good news -- it doesn't have to be this way. This year, resolve to find harmony with your efforts. Try a few of my favorite tips:
Balanced decisions. Resolve to make healthier decisions that make you feel great, not ones that make you miserable. This is much simpler than following a strict plan and will leave you loving your new lifestyle. Following strict plans can leave you feeling deprived, which can lead to rebellion and that's absolutely not what we want! Balanced decisions are far more beneficial and enjoyable long-term.
Simple changes over time. Instead of trying to do a complete overhaul of your life, start by making smart, balanced decisions over time. Changing your habits and doing it slowly leads to creating healthier habits that last without overwhelm and confusion.
Step by Step. Start with one new healthy habit a week. With this method, you’re focusing on one thing that improves your health at a time as it becomes a part of your routine. For example, for your first week, focus on drinking more water. Most people do not drink enough water, and this is always a fabulous place to start. You’ll see and feel changes quickly, and you can move onto your second week with another small health goal to implement.
What are some of the most important aspects of your health you'd like to change? Brainstorm some manageable steps to reach these goals and take action now! I’d love to chat with you about your wellness goals and how I can help you reach them. Accountability is a tremendous factor in achieving your goals, and I would be delighted to be by your side as you create your own daring adventure for 2017!
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Sara Wolfsen is a Certified Health & Lifestyle Coach who specializes in helping people make their own healthy changes by providing private health coaching, nutrition education and wellness classes, and gentle weight-loss guidance and support. Schedule your complimentary coaching session and learn more online at www.sarawolfsen.com.