I am not going to go into detail on my beliefs about the whole New Year fitness craze. You know how I feel about it. If you don't, I write through four of them in my book and it is very helpful to review them again. To summarize, they are:
- No more day one. Quit starting over. You are already on this journey. All this starting over thinking does is gives you the opportunity to binge between now and Wednesday, or Thursday, or most likely next Monday. If you need to recommit to self care and extraordinary choices, then do it, right now, and every day moving forward.
- The fitness business knows you are vulnerable right now. They know how your pants fit. They know your digestive system is in an uproar. They know what you ate this past week, and this past month. They know you are vulnerable to quick fixes, marketing and lies. Don't fall for it. Healthy food and lots of exercise is how to get there. That's the only way.
- All or nothing doesn't work. If from Thanksgiving until today was a free-for-all, going on an ultra-restrictive diet is not the answer. All that does is keeps the pendulum swinging wildly from one extreme to the other. Now is the time to stabilize. Get back to basics. Veggies, water, strength training, cardio, sleep, and reduce stress.
- New Year's resolutions reflect an unhealthy cycle that we can repeat over and over and over. January diet. February and March free pass since we're stuck inside the house. April and May exercise a lot. Summer is coming! June and July eat healthier. August gets busy, healthy eating falls away. September back to school routines. Exercise becomes less frequent. October's colder days lead to comfort food. November and December the holiday binge and too busy for exercise. January diet.
Authentically. Without all the hype. Without all the marketing. Just us, our dream of being healthy and fit, and our willingness to step, left foot right foot, that day and the next and the next until it is January 1st all over again.