Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Death to the New Year's Resolution

Happy New Year! Another year has just begun, as has another list of our New Year's Resolutions. For the majority of us it's all the same, eat better, lose weight, exercise more, la-la-la. But then, come mid-February (and often earlier than that), our must-do, "this year I'm going to stick with it" plans, fall by the wayside and we fall right back into our old routine of "I'll workout tomorrow" and "I'm only going to eat this way today."
Why is this the way it always goes? Why can't we just stick to our goals already?! Because this is what Resolutions are! They are far-fetched "ideals" of things we wish could happen, but yet aren't worth putting the effort in for.
I say it's time to kill the New Year's Resolution - in particular the one regarding weight loss and being 'healthy'! Why set yourself up for failure and disappointment?
Instead, let's make this year about "lifestyle" change! Think about it as something you are not only doing for today or for instant gratification, but how this one decision is going to affect the rest of your life!
This is NOT a 2012 goal or aspiration, this is a better you for years and years to come!
But how, you ask, do you make such a huge change overnight? It's hard enough sticking to a plan for a couple weeks! Start with changing your mindset.
Here's how to do it in 7 steps:
  1. Think about the big picture and how you are going to feel 1 year from now. 10 years from now.
  2. Think about your children and then their children.
  3. Think about the role model you want to be, and the things that you want your children to accomplish. How do you want them to feel about themselves?
  4. Now, think of the past. Think of how you have mistreated your body with the food you put in it and the lack of exercise you gave it. How did this make you feel?
  5. Now, tell yourself that the past is the past, it is behind you and that is where it is going to stay!
  6. Look toward the future and ONLY think about the future. You can't go back and change the past, but you can make a difference for a better tomorrow!
  7. Finally, tell yourself that you deserve to feel good about yourself and you deserve to be happy! (Do #7 everyday.)
This list is not going to magically change you overnight, but it should get you thinking about you, the future, and how your role affects the future of those around you. By changing your mindset and the reasons why you want to get healthy, the "chore" of getting there will naturally disappear.
I agree that New Year's Resolutions are good in theory. It's great to have a goal or something to aspire to. But the problem is, they are not personal enough. It's time to think about YOU! Make yourself - and your health - the priority.
As a Nutritional Chef, I not only focus on healthy eating, but I take pride in creating food that taste just as good, and often a great deal better, than it's unhealthy counterparts. Health is a lifestyle and I believe that the road to getting there needs to be enjoyed!
Furthermore, I am a Certified Fitness Trainer and so I know how exercise, combined with healthy eating, can make a world of difference in how someone feels on both the inside and out.
With my Master's in Nutrition and my Culinary experience, my knowledge of health and nutrition, coupled with my passion for cooking, put me into a league all of my own.

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