Well we made it to 2020! Happy New Year! I want to talk about the most common phrase for New Years, "New Year New You!" I'm going to be honest here, I HATE that phrase. It's going to be everywhere for weeks and then.... nothing. That is the reason I hate it so much. I find you typically hear it from weight loss companies or gyms. Their goal is to get you to sign up and then their job is done. This mentality encourages everyone to make huge changes even though they probably aren't ready to make them, all because it's a new year? STOP! Stop doing that to yourself!
Now I want to clarify that I do agree making goals for yourself are super important. Let's say you want to be more healthy. Great! That doesn't mean you should change your entire diet, cut out everything you love, exercise 6 days a week, and only drink water all on January 1. Lets face it friends, is that really going to work? In case you are stuck for an answer, it's not. It's not going to work. I know I'll probably get some comment saying that is exactly what I did and it worked for me. Great! I am seriously glad to hear that but it will not for most people. I am writing this for most people... I am most people. I have tons of fitness and nutrition goals for myself but I know a drastic change isn't going to last.
So lets try this. Sit down and think of what you want this year. Then write down all the things you need to do in order to reach that goal. Let's say you want to lose 10 pounds, great! Write all the things you will need to do in order to accomplish that goal. Then choose ONE! Start by making one change to help you succeed. Once you have made that change successfully pull out your list and add another other. For example, maybe you think drinking more water will be helpful. So you start incorporating more water into your diet. When you are doing that without hesitation take on something else. Maybe the something else will be eating more fruits and vegetables. Once you are doing that successfully move onto something else. You get the idea. Your goal should be to make small important steps. This is more realistic that making 10 drastic changes to your diet or lifestyle!
Don't get wrapped up in the hype that this is the New Year and you need to be a new person. You can start making your changes any day of the week in any month of the year. Maybe it's something you want but you're not ready to commit yet. That happens. Maybe you started making all these changes and it all fizzled out by the second week. That doesn't mean you have to wait another year to be a different you. If you are really trying to make a change know that it is going to come with set backs and failures. You need to pick yourself up and get back at it!
I want to do a shoutout to my readers with anxiety. Do not set a goal for yourself on when you expect to be "better". Give yourself grace. Having anxiety isn't something you just wish away. It is something you work towards. Do not be hard on yourself because others made progress faster than you. This is not a race, it is a personal journey. We all have to go our way in a pace that works for us. Make this a great year and be strong friends!