As we head into 2020, you might be considering some New Year’s resolutions. You might also want to get back on track with your weight loss plan if the holidays have sidetracked you a bit. But because we reach positive goals much more easily than negative, punishment-based ones, it might help to incorporate these strategies into your mindset when setting your resolutions.
Focus on health. Yes, it feels good when you know you look good. But for most people, working toward better health is much more motivating.
Develop realistic expectations. No one looks like Victoria’s Secret models – not even the models themselves! Those images are so carefully, digitally edited that it is basically impossible for anyone to actually mimic that body style or look. Rather than comparing yourself to pixels on a computer screen, focus on developing realistic expectations for your own body type.
Challenge your perceptions. Often we think that with a different body type, life would be so much better or different. But is that actually true? Think of all the truly happy people you know; you’ll probably realize that they come in all shapes and sizes.
Place extra emphasis on what your body can do. A nice reflection in the mirror can only do so much for you. What can your body do, that adds value to your life? Charity walks, playing with your kids, the terrific feeling you get from a yoga class… These are all valuable experiences that your healthy body can give you.
Set other goals, too. Everything doesn’t have to revolve around the physical. Set a goal to read more, take a break from social media, learn a new language, or something else you find personally fulfilling.
Follow what makes you happy. Identify the things in your life that don’t add value, and reduce or eliminate their presence in your daily routine. Unfollow social media pages that make you feel bad about yourself, or distance yourself from friends who are really more like “frenemies”.
And if you need help putting together a weight loss plan that works now, and keeps the unwanted pounds off in the future, give us a call. We can schedule an appointment to discuss your body type and health, and set realistic, attainable goals together.