A whole new year. If you're like most folks, the beginning of a new year is like a fresh start -- a figurative "do-over".
For me, I usually want to get past the holidays so I can get back to focusing on my health & my diet, and I'm pretty sure I'm not alone.
When it comes to your health, it seems like throughout the year we get a whole lot of false starts and misfires. Then when the holidays roll around, we give ourselves a grace period before we get our big do-over at the beginning of the next year. I mean, who cares about self-control when there's Christmas cookies and eggnog everywhere we look?
I think where we do ourselves a disservice is when we ask too much of ourselves and me make our own self-expectations way too high, and making "New Year's Resolutions" is one of those disservices.
Although setting personal goals for yourself is a good thing, the most effective goals are small, easily attainable goals, like "I'm going to eat 1 cup of green vegetables every day for the month of January", instead of "I'm going to lose 30 pounds this January." Eating a cup of green veggies is a no-brainer win-win goal, but setting yourself up to lose 30 pounds in a month? Not so much.
Because the second goal is not only unrealistic, but it neglects a seriously important issue: unforeseen obstacles.
Unforeseen obstacles to weightloss are not visible to the naked eye or doctor. Instead, they make themselves known when you embark on your weight loss journey. For instance, you may decide to go very low carb, but two weeks in and you find yourself unable to get out of bed, moody, feeling faint. Turns out you have hidden blood sugar issues, maybe some metabolic/insulin resistance going on, and maybe a thyroid problem going on that you've exacerbated by severely restricting your carbohydrate - aka energy-- intake.
Unfortunately, neither you nor any doctor could have predicted this outcome, yet a knowledgable health and nutrition coach would have seen the clues because they take detailed intake histories regarding all facets of your daily health, hygiene, lifestyle habits and eating habits before initiating a weight loss plan for you. Details like your sleep habits, your bathroom habits, food diaries and your lifestyle ---all give glues to what may be going on inside your body and alert us to some potential roadblocks to weight loss and overall health.
So, if you're planning on shedding some unwanted and unwelcome pounds this year, do it the right way by setting small, obtainable goals first to to give your body a chance to respond to the change. Remember: go low and go slow will yield better and longer-lasting results than going hard, fast & furious.
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Blessings and best of health