Love Yourself this New Year
The New Year is on its way, and everyone seems pumped about going to the gym, eating clean, and exercising. A large portion of those at the gym and around you may be New Year’s resolutioners — and good for them. But being consistent is an important factor of success with any weight-loss program as well as having a strong support system from family, friends, and coworkers.
We’ve seen it year after year. A large portion of those resolutioners will trickle out of the gym and lose interest or find reasons why they can’t stick with it. Ideally, an active lifestyle shouldn’t be a trend in your life. Rather, it should be a common habit for your health, mind, body, and spirit. So if you’re going to the gym, eating clean, and starting to make some progress, have you experienced any odd questions or comments from coworkers, family and friends, or temptations from them?
I would hope you have cheerleaders all around you, but it’s not always a reality. If you are married, hopefully, your spouse is on board with your new goals or is at least supportive. If not, this could make dinner time difficult or socializing hard if you’re trying to avoid temptation. The support around you matters and will be helpful in your quest for weight loss and a healthy lifestyle.
Decide how bad you want to achieve your goals, make a decision, and stick with it.
REMEMBER THESE GUIDELINES:
- Build Your Support Team: Let Your friends, family, and co-workers know that this is important to you and coach them on how to be supportive of you. You can try to get them involved by inviting them to be a walking buddy. Let your friends know that you may not be able to join them at the places you would normally go before, but suggest a healthier restaurant that fits your needs.
- Get Your Spouse Involved: Compromise with them. If they eat healthy five days out of the week with you, you will let them choose the meal of choice one day a week. Make your spouse feel invited to participate in your activities.
- Develop Healthy Incentives: Instead of rewarding yourself with sweets, go for a movie, or set up a vacation as motivation. These incentives help keep temptation away.
- You’re On Your Own: You must realize this your journey and yours alone. At the end of the day, this is a choice you make for yourself, and it’s up to you to wake up and plan your day accordingly to take your life back.
- Why It’s Called a Journey: During your weight loss journey, you will go through a transformation. This transformation can be many things from building confidence, your physical appearance, your surroundings, and your mindset. It’s ok to see change. Change is growth, and you deserve the best for yourself. Going forward, you must realize it’s ok to put your health, mental, physical, and spiritual first, and it is not selfish to do so. While going through this, try to inspire those around you to get healthy, too.
I’ve seen many women struggle with negativity from family, friendships, and their surroundings. The message I want all women to know is taking care of yourself starts in the mirror. The person staring back needs your help more than you realize. As you become healthier, you become stronger, both physically and mentally.
Love yourself in 2020 by staying consistently determined to make progress in your health and wellbeing!