It might be the most cliche part of ringing in the New Year.  People all over Facebook post their outrageous resolutions to make 2013 the year they will finally meet their health and weight loss goals.  I’m not trying to be negative but I work in the weight-loss industry, a place where I witness the lifelong struggle that people endure as they strive for better health.  Patients always beg me for “the secret,” that golden piece of advice that will suddenly make it easy to shed unwanted pounds and balance their hormones.  While I don’t have a secret to tell you, I do have some advice to give you on how to make this the first year that your resolutions actually stick.

First of all you have to take your need for instant gratification and kick it to the curb!  The road to good health is never ending.  The more you educate yourself the more you will realize that you still have a lot to learn.  At least that is how it works for me!  This year take control of your health by becoming proactive.  Stop waiting for someone to give you the tools to fix your problems.  Instead, look for friends and people who will inspire you.  Find credible websites to refer to for your questions and problems (www.lef.org is a great place to start).  Find Facebook pages that will keep you motivated and stay out of Facebook drama while you are at it! One of the biggest causes of Adrenal Fatigue are unresolved emotional issues.  You have to direct your focus on positive things and people if you want to make positive changes that will actually stick.

Next, set a reasonable resolution that you can actually attain!  “I will lose 100 pounds this year!” sounds great but will you still be this motivated when Thanksgiving rolls around?  With the new year we feel that we have a chance to clean the slate, to wipe away the stress and problems from last year and create a new outlook on life.  As reality sets in we slowly drift away from those goals and eventually we start punishing ourselves for failing.  This year, why not say, “I want to lose 3-5 pounds per month and incorporate regular exercise into my life.”  This is a realistic goal that you can reach, and when you do imagine how motivated you will feel!

Once your resolution is set, inform your family of your goals.  You don’t need your grandma to show up at your doorstep on day 1 of your diet with a giant pan of her famous lemon cake (like my sweet Nona did this morning).  If you are in a relationship ask your partner for support, and if you have kids make them feel included.  If you tell your kids, “No more junk food in the house,” you probably won’t see them jump for joy.  Explain to them that you want to live a long time and be healthy and strong so you can keep up with them!  Ask them to help you choose healthier foods and encourage you to be more active.  Then have them select one special treat per week to keep in the house and get rid of the rest of the junk.  Just because they are young and thin doesn’t mean the toxins in junk food and soda aren’t taking a toll on their bodies–particularly their growing brains.

Finally, don’t wait for the New Year to make your next resolution.  Track your progress and set new goals once you have established a good routine.  Keep a calendar or a checklist in a place you will see it every day, preferably in the morning.  Make a copy and put it in your car or take a picture it and make it your screen saver if you need to!  Disregard your past failures and make 2013 your best year yet.

 Olga’s Whole Life New Year’s Goals

  • Find one way to “go green” during every month of this year.  (Ex: start recycling in Jan, switch to organic makeup in Feb, stop using perfume in March, etc)
  • Find one way to improve your diet during every month of this year. (Ex: switch to whole grain bread in Jan, switch to organic eggs and meat in Feb, switch to Almond milk in March, eat less meat/more fresh veggies in April, etc)
  • Make a fitness goal and add onto it every month. (Ex: Walk 1 mile 5 days/week in Jan, walk 1.5 miles/day in Feb, replace two walking days with beginner yoga in March, walk/jog one of those miles in April, etc)
  • Do not hang around people who drag you down and DO NOT hang out in places where you will sabotage yourself!
  • Accept that you will encounter setbacks along the way.  You are human and if failure didn’t hurt so darn bad it would never feel so good to succeed!

With that being said my challenge for you in January is simple:  MAKE A RESOLUTION THAT YOU CAN KEEP!

Who is with me?

 

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