The start of a New Year carries an energy of a fresh start. We get to shake off last year’s happenings and move forward to create new.
We think, “This is MY year.”
Perhaps we say, “I’m going to lose the weight once and for all. I’m off to the gym and I will start eating healthier today. I am going to get my health under control.”
Seriously, I am.
Fast forward about five weeks, and well, maybe 2019 will be MY year.
We’ve all had those resolutions that fell to the wayside quickly after we began.
They are so hard to stay committed to.
Resolutions seem to come from a place where we see something wrong with ourselves and that we are not good enough, just as we are. It most often comes from a space of negativity and what we don’t like about ourselves.
So we come up with a list of what we are going to do along with what is no longer allowed. We set up specific rules that we now have to abide by.
If you’ve played in the world of resolutions, you know how unrealistic those rules are!
I will go to the gym every day before work.
I will never eat another piece of bread again.
Unfortunately, the likelihood of success remains largely unattainable.
Did you now that only 8% of those who diet reach their goal?
That 95% of that 8% will gain the weight back in a year. That’s 95% of that 8%.
The end game releases feelings of failure, deprivation, frustration, sadness, lack of worth, and good old guilt. (side note: it is impossible to lose weight in those emotional states!)
What if you choose differently?
What if you choose an intention over a resolution?
Why not choose an intention that encompasses a bigger picture of what you wish to cultivate in your life. Perhaps you wish to find inner balance, improve your overall health, create abundance, experience more freedom or expand your connections with others.
Choosing an intention encompasses an umbrella of possibilities.
If you don’t make it to the gym every day or a piece of bread passes your lips, you don’t need to feel the emotions of failure and begin to abandon your commitment.
An intention is about evolving.
It’s knowing we are a work in progress. It’s knowing we are willing to show up to our life’s journey. You can’t fail at it.
In yoga it is called a sankalpa, a vow or commitment to our higher truth.
Go ahead and shake off those strict rules!
Become more playful!
Without specifics on how it has to be done you are inviting flexibility into your life.
Do you know what happens when we become more physically, emotionally, and mentally flexible?
Yes everything about you is that connected.
Instead of jumping on a diet or wacky exercise regimen to kick start this year, I invite you to take a moment to reflect on what is behind that weight loss that you truly wish to manifest.
Weight loss is a reflection of well-being all the way to the depth of your soul.
Think about it.
What is it you wish to manifest?
Perhaps you wish to feel better about yourself.
Perhaps you wish to create a stronger sense of self that oozes confidence and playfulness.
What is behind what you think the weight loss will give you?
Pick actions that elicit emotions of excitement and passion not feelings of deprivation and punishment.
Again, be playful.
We take ourselves way too seriously!
Is there something you’ve wanted to experience?
How about taking your first spin class? Join a Zumba class or sign up for Pilates. Give yoga a whirl. Take a swim at the local Y. How about joining a meditation circle? How about a city walking tour? Are there any foods you wish to try? How about inviting over a few friends and cooking with them? Explore a new cuisine.
What else may help you begin to feel better about yourself?
How about sleeping, traveling, journaling, dancing, taking up a new hobby, and connecting with others?
Do your best to shake off the diet mentality and go into 2018 inspired to elevate who you are as an overall being.
You do that and the weight will come off.
See this year as a year of creation and evolution. Give up the details to the Universe and strive towards the end goal; your happiness, health, abundance, freedom, and connections.
I wish everyone a stellar 2018.
If you wish to go past the current mainstream trends and explore the messages behind weight on all levels of being; body mind and soul, begin today with the Holistic Approach to Weight Loss online course.
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