Is it over yet? Are we safe from all the “New Year, New You” advertisements, emails, gym memberships, and diet programs. Can we finally emerge from the shadows and step out into 2016 as...OUR SAME SELFS?!
Now, don’t get me wrong, I think the beginning of any new calendar year is a great time to recalibrate and reset. It’s important to take stock of the year that just passed, appreciate how far you’ve come and count your blessings. It's also an opportunity to say goodbye to some of your less desirable habits and get clear on what you want to accomplish in the coming months.
That said, I’m confident that both you and I can reflect and push forward this year without completely reinventing ourselves. I often get annoyed with all the "New Year, New You" messaging because it’s as if, everywhere you turn, the same sentiment is being dumped into our laps and it goes something like this, “Hey, you! Yea, YOU! Right there, on the couch. You’re not good enough. Not in shape enough, not thin enough, not healthy enough, not motivated enough, not disciplined enough, and certainly not successful enough.”
The list can go on and on.
I mean, I’m inspired! Aren’t you? (I wish there was a special font for sarcasm).
This is particularly concerning when I think of the ramifications this type of messaging can have on all the women out there doing their best and feeling defeated. I’m talking about all the women who are struggling to lose the weight, women who are managing constant stress, women who are relying on their coffee pot to get through the day, and all the women who are trying, really trying, to make better food and lifestyle choices, but it just isn’t working. Sound familiar?
Here’s the deal: I highly doubt you’ve been struggling to reach your goals because you lack the desire to make a change. Perhaps, instead, the change was too significant, unsustainable or just not the right fit for what you needed? (think: generic New Year program that kicked off with a lot of momentum and gusto, but then started to fade just as quickly as it started).
Here’s what I propose instead: New Year, Do You (boo)!
It’s time to get back to basics and start recognizing that we’re all unique. What works for your neighbor or your sister, may not work for you. And that’s ok. What’s not ok is starting off another year desperately trying to attain this “reinvented self” when I bet your last year’s self, ain’t so bad.
As a health coach, I promote smart, casual approaches to healthy living with lots of individualized guidance and support. If this sounds like an approach you can get down with, please reach out to me to schedule your FREE 20 minute consultation. Together, I can help you shrink your waistline, increase your energy and reduce your stress, without counting a single calorie or spending hours on a meditation pillow.
Who’s ready to keep it SimpleSavvy in 2016?
My 7-Day SimpleSavvy Challenge: Accessorize Your Life from the Inside Out, back by popular demand, is kicking-off again in just a few weeks. Stay tuned for all the sign-up details! And in the meantime, catch my Top 3 Tips to Accessorize Your Life from the Inside Out on the blog this week.