It’s that time of year again. The High Holidays have come and gone and so has the ritual of setting our annual resolutions. Around this time last year, many of you resolved to lose weight and change your life ‘after the holidays.’ Sound familiar? Well, how did you do?
You might have followed through on your sincere intentions and started your diet but if you're like most people, things haven't worked out the way you would've liked. There's an old saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing year after year and expecting a different result. For things to change, you have to change. For things to get better, you have to get better.
What do you plan on doing differently this year to achieve your goals? Your prior resolutions may not have led to your desired outcome, but reading the rest of this article can have a major impact on the results you'll see over the next 12 months.
Everyone has unique obstacles when it comes to losing weight. There are, however, certain principles that apply across the board. In this post, I identify 3 dieting resolutions for the New Year that, if acted on, will make this year the last year that you'll ever need to lose weight.
Resolution #1: No more dieting!
Make your first dieting resolution to stop dieting! Diets are for people who want to lose weight fast with very little effort. They rarely create lasting results because the dieter doesn't develop any long-term healthy habits. The diet industry is responsible for this 'get thin quick' way of thinking. Get rid of it! The weight didn't come on over night and it won't come off overnight. When it does, it almost always comes back and then some! Be willing to change. Set daily disciplines, make small changes and develop better habits that you can realistically stick to over an extended period of time. Only then will you see big-time results. If you're constantly waiting for the "right time" to start a diet and saying things like, "I'll start after Yom Tov," you've fallen victim to the diet mentality! Kick that way of thinking to the curb, got it?
Resolution #2: No more negativity!
Once you've resolved to ditch the diet mentality, your next resolution is to commit to learning how to minimize the impact of negativity in your life. "Misery loves company" is a saying that holds true. We are a product of our thoughts. Allowing others to influence the way we think directly impacts the actions we take towards achieving our goals, especially sticking to living a healthy lifestyle. This can be challenging at times. We all have hectic schedules and staying positive is not always easy. In addition, you might have close friends and family members whose negative attitudes influence you and undermine your results.
How do you simultaneously maintain those relationships without getting sucked into their negative way of thinking? This is a skill that will take time to learn. You can develop these skills by reading books and listening to audio lectures about personal growth. You can also join coaching programs and support communities like the Kosher Challenge that will teach you the life skills necessary to overcome the negative thinking patterns holding you back from reaching your goals.
Resolution #3: Never give up!
Now that you've decided to make a lifestyle change instead of dieting and are committed to maintaining a positive mindset, the next step is to understand that it won't be easy. All change is hard. Our sages say that it's harder to change one character trait than it is to learn the entire Talmud. We must turn to God and pray for Divine assistance in this process and commit to staying the course when the going gets tough.
When you were a kid, how many times did you fall before you said to yourself, "I don't think this walking thing is working out for me"? At that age, you were determined to make it happen and figure it out no matter what! Failing is part of the process. You might even put on a few pounds over Yom Tov, it comes with the territory. Accept it! Greatness is achieved by picking yourself up after yet another failed attempt and getting back on track. Knowing that failure is part of the process will empower you to overcome the desire to go back to your old ways. Your third resolution is to never give up on yourself regardless of the obstacles you face.
Call to Action
It's easy to read an article like this and get inspired. What happens after the excitement dissipates and your confronted with your first failure? Sukkot is coming and I can promise you that your eating plan won't be perfect. The problem with relying on motivation is that it simply does not last long. Your call to action is to figure out WHY you want to achieve long-term results. When you know your "why," nothing will stop you. Next, surround yourself with a support system that will empower you to get back on track when you fall off the wagon. If you'd like to join a Kosher-based support community to help you stay on track throughout the year, take a look at the Kosher Challenge. You can start by watching the free webinar titled, "How to Lose Weight without Dieting." Visit www.kosherchallenge.com.
So there you have it. These are the 3 dieting resolutions that will help you make this year the last year you'll ever have to worry about losing weight. Commit to them and let me know your results. I'd really love to hear how this works for you.
Are you up for the challenge?