This may go against popular thought, but I’m not a big fan of weight loss resolutions for New Year’s.
New Year’s weight loss resolutions are not a bad thing, but like so many other “challenges,” you start off great but after a period of time you often begin to falter. Then you start to feel badly about yourself, starting feeling as though you can’t really make your resolution work, experience a loss of self-esteem, and have a hard time getting restarted.
Instead of making a formal weight loss resolution, I want to encourage you to do one thing.
Make your actions match your words. Every single day.
No resolution required.
If your actions match your words when it comes to weight loss and fitness, you will be surprised what good things can happen.
You see, when I was 300 pounds my actions rarely matched my words when it came to weight loss.
I’d say that I wanted to lose 150 pounds, but instead of eating right, I found myself eating junk food by the end of the day or the end of the week.
I’d say that I wanted to be more fit, but I didn’t take the first walk.
I’d say that I wanted to eat healthier, but I didn’t make an effort to try new recipes or learn to cook.
If my actions had matched my words I might not have been morbidly obese for 10 years. I might have lost weight after my pregnancy with my first daughter but I didn’t. Instead I said one thing and did the other.
Why did I do that? Well, for me, emotions had a lot to do with it. A lack of belief in myself had a lot to do with it. And most importantly, a lack of matching my actions to my words had a lot to do with it.
It’s not always easy to make your actions match your words, but it’s a great question to ask yourself every single night before you go to bed.
Did my actions match my words today?
If they did – awesome!
If they didn’t – then make the next day better. The more good days you have when it comes to your weight loss (and other areas of your life) the more likely you will have success.
It worked for me. I did not always have a great day but by asking myself this question each night I gave myself a chance to evaluate what went well and what didn’t. That’s what this weight loss journey is about.
Making your actions match your words.
How about you? Can making your actions match your words make a difference for you like it did for me? Diane