Saturday, January 4, 2014

2014: A New Year Resolution

I am not a New Year's type of gal when it comes to resolutions. I think making resolutions is a waste of time, energy, and emotion. Instead, each day is better spent making peace with your body, your mind, your family and friends. I will make a plethora of comments about these concepts on future postings.

New Year's resolutions make people hopeful. People get excited about the prospects of losing fat, shopping for new clothes, being seen by others, and feeling good about change.

It is a wonderful feeling for all those who have been there, but a terrible disappointment when the goal is not realized or it's realized but then the fat returns.

It is a vicious cycle, one that unfortunately is accompanied by depression for some. This is understandable. I believe, however, there is a solution that will not end in depression. The goal must not be about trying make yourself eat the right things, or exercise the right length of time, or believing that your will power has anything to do with true weight loss. I think that anybody who has tried to lose weight by sheer will power has already proven that he/she has the stamina to stick to something. Falling short of will power for the long term shouldn't be the measure of whether you have it in you to succeed. 

I have spent the last few years blogging about being very strict with my food intake, exercising a certain length of time, all to achieve a very specific goal. While I have been successful in these endeavors, I am  not suggesting that my way is the only way or that there weren't other mechanisms in place that I was relying on to get me there. I touched upon mental toughness at various times in my blogging history, but there is a lot that goes into being mentally tough. That aspect is what I want to focus on now.

I will continue blogging about fitness, but I will give more emphasis on mental fitness, mental health, and mental stamina, than to eating a certain amount of calories, sticking with certain types of foods or doing specific exercises. 

The shift from weight loss via the physical aspects to weight loss via mindfullness is profound, and one that I hope will help you achieve your goal in more than just weight loss.


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