It’s the start of a New Year and so many people are talking about detoxing, resetting, dieting, health kicks, dry January and so it goes on…………There are articles galore in every magazine, newspaper and its flooding all the social media platforms!
Now, I completely understand the focus on all things health related at this time of year. I LOVE the idea that a New Year is a clean slate, a new start and a motivator to set goals and go for your dreams!
This is all great BUT………….
The chance of success is so incredibly low that there’s even a movement (especially this year) that aims to STOP you in your tracks. They say don’t go for your dreams, don’t set goals, don’t try because you WILL FAIL!!!
You will fail by the middle of January!
I think it’s really sad when people (you and me) are actively encouraged to not try. I think it’s disgraceful when people (you and me) are told we will fail before we even try. I think it’s plain rude to crush a person’s dream before they have even attempted to go for it!
But, the statistics show that 92% of people will fail to achieve their New Years Resolutions and most will have given up (when diet related) by 12th January!
Well that just SUCKS!!!
So, what do you do when you have set a weight loss goal and have started on a diet with all your good intentions? How do you really lose weight and stick to a diet? How do you achieve your health goal WITHOUT dieting?
#1 You start by ditching the scales and the word DIET.
DIET = DEPRIVATION. So don’t do that. Do NOT say you are on a diet. Your brain will kick in and make it really hard for you. Your brain does not like deprivation and will act up just like a toddler throwing a tantrum. You will instantly want the thing (all those foods) you’ve said you are not having and it be off the scale craving!!! These foods will talk to you!
#2 You adjust your mindset and your relationship with food.
I’m going to be honest with you, until you really understand your emotional connection with food, it is going to be virtually impossible to stick to a new healthy eating plan. You WILL need help. See below.
#3 You focus on nourishing your body, mind and soul.
If you start to think in a different way your focus will naturally go towards feeding yourself with delicious but highly nutritious food. Once you have dealt with the emotional link with food you will no longer find solace in a chocolate bar or bag of crisps (or whatever it is you turn to when dealing with an emotional response). When you nourish yourself from the inside your body will reward you with weight loss, more energy, better skin, level moods and so much more. Isn’t this a healthier place to be rather than stopping yourself from eating x number of calories, points, sins etc!?
#4 You take it one step at a time, one meal at a time, one thought at a time.
Take it slow. Do not try to do everything at once. Don’t overwhelm yourself. You will put yourself in deprivation. Progress is much more important than perfection.
#5 You get help and support from other like-minded people.
It is so hard to do ‘stuff’ on your own. Being in a group of like-minded people, being accountable and fully supported is so important and will help you to achieve your wellness goal. I LOVE working with groups which is why I often run FREE challenges. This is a great way for me to help people achieve amazing things in a safe and supported environment.
Here’s exactly what can happen when you are not on a diet and you focus on all of the above.
In Georgina’s words:
Be more like Georgina.
Let’s start with your energy because when you feel energised EVERYTHING shifts – including your weight!