Who has jumped on the healthy resolutions bandwagon? Whether it’s to work out 5 or 6 days each week, never consume sugar, gluten, etc. again or maybe trying out the Whole 30 diet?
We hear time and time again that these highly motivated resolutions just don’t stick. Sorry but it’s true.
The media plays on the popularity of resolutions and we are overwhelmed with gimmicky diets, gym discounts, and cleanses galore. Of course all of these claim to be healthy and the miracle for fat loss. All of this crap is so ridiculous.
If we’re constantly told what to do, what about what we’re NOT supposed to do. Being healthy is unique to each and every one of us. We’re all different, so what TO do is unique, but what NOT to do is pretty universal.
First of all, DON’T starve yourself. DON’T skip meals. We need fuel to energize our bodies, and for body function as well. Not eating is just not the answer. If you’re worried about overeating, look at portion control before just skipping a meal. Having a balanced diet of fruits, veggies, protein, and whole grains is essential for your body to perform and look its best.
Secondly, DON’T try to look or be like someone else. Let others inspire and motivate you, but remember that we are all genetically different. We have different bone structures, different metabolisms, and different lifestyles. Aim to be the best version of yourself, and yes that can include losing weight and reshaping your body. Find your version of healthy weight management that works for you not someone else. Remember that everyone has insecurities, even the most “perfect” person in your eyes. It’s easy to compare ourselves to others and let it play destructive mind games. It’s not always easy to be confident in our own skin, but the more we can the less we will worry about others’ opinions.
Being healthy does not mean never having certain foods again or missing out. DON’T cut out everything that you find delicious that’s not so healthy. You will become stressed and unhappy around food. On top of that saying “no” constantly to a food you want is more likely to lead to a binge. Make a commitment to eat the vast majority of meals and snacks full of nutrients and whole foods, but leave a little room for fun. Make a conscious choice when and how to indulge. For some it’s the 80/20 rule, others need to reign it in a bit more for 90/10. (80 or 90 percent of the time eat clean and 10 or 20 percent not so clean). Think about Christmas or birthdays, they are exciting because they do not happen every day. If they did we would be burnt out and the fun would be gone. Having a certain time to look forward to makes that 10 or 20 percent more enjoyable.
DON’T stop going out. Just like above, enjoy life and enjoy being social. There are always healthy options at restaurants. Yes, when eating out questions may have to be asked about ingredients or order a few sides instead of an entree. Do your best. If that meal has more sodium than you realized eat it and move on. Get back on track at your next meal. If you are not going out every day then you are fine. Just do not overdo it.
DON’T let anyone make you feel out of the ordinary about your healthy choices. Sometimes family, friends, or coworkers who their lives differently will not understand. They do not see the benefits of not overeating or missing a workout. DON’T let them make you feel in the wrong. Continue to take care of yourself, and eventually they will see either weight loss, muscle tone, glowing skin, higher energy levels, or even more confidence. A lot of times they are coming from a place of jealousy or insecurity.
DON’T forget to stretch and recover. I see this so much with clients and non-clients. After every workout, even just a walk, it is important to stretch and recover. Stretching allows our muscles to work most effectively during a workout and decreases the risk of injury. Adding in some massage or foam rolling will aid recovery too. Stretching, massage, or foam rolling do not always feel good and can be painful at first. Stick with it and breathe. After a few days the pain will subside. After a few weeks you will wonder, how did you ever function before. Feeling better the day after a workout makes it easier to dive into another workout.
DON’T give up. Once you are in a routine, it is so hard to go back. It is when you have not quite found the routine, that it is difficult and so tempting to stop. Once you feel the benefits and know that you are living a healthy lifestyle, then you will not go back to those unhealthy habits. Have goals, small and big, to motivate you. Whenever you think about giving up remember the progress that you have already started. Tell yourself this is important. Get help of a trainer or schedule a class so that you do not feel like you are alone in the journey.