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WEEK 20

“The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.”
G.K. Chesterton

 
 

WEEK 20

“The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.”
G.K. Chesterton

 


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How many times have you done it? Promised yourself you were going to lose 10-20-50-100 pounds starting January 1st, only to lose a few followed by gaining them right back, plus more? And how many times have you promised yourself to hit the gym, and you started out going for the first couple of weeks, only to find by March break it was back to not working out? I know, because I did this every year. And every year, I ended up larger and filled with failure.

So, how about ‘a fresh’ approach? 

Sometimes the task we set before ourselves is just too huge. ‘I am going to lose 173 pounds’ would not have worked for me. What did work was a series of small attainable goals that I changed up as I could. I didn’t start with thinking about running the Boston Marathon and writing books and being a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show; I would have thought myself crazy if I did!

Know what my New Year’s Resolution for this year is going to be? No more eating while standing or driving. I find this behaviour starts to creep up on me until most of my meals are behind the wheel or standing at the kitchen counter. I can tell you why I do this – I am so busy, I spend a lot of time in the car driving around seeing clients all over the map – but, bottom line (for my bottom!) - it is not good for me. I eat too much because I eat mindlessly, and I eat too fast. So that is finishing. And my strategy for enabling that? Having a big bottle of water in the car, and a cup of tea while working in the kitchen. No eating in the house unless I am seated. That is doable for me. It doesn’t require a huge investment of time, just a consciousness about my choices. 

Let me share, in the columns below, some equally small step approaches to starting your new year off on a positive and realistic note. And remember – your ‘New Year’ can start any day of the year. My 173 weight loss started in mid-October, not January.
     
     

How many times have you done it? Promised yourself you were going to lose 10-20-50-100 pounds starting January 1st, only to lose a few followed by gaining them right back, plus more? And how many times have you promised yourself to hit the gym, and you started out going for the first couple of weeks, only to find by March break it was back to not working out? I know, because I did this every year. And every year, I ended up larger and filled with failure.

So, how about ‘a fresh’ approach? 

Sometimes the task we set before ourselves is just too huge. ‘I am going to lose 173 pounds’ would not have worked for me. What did work was a series of small attainable goals that I changed up as I could. I didn’t start with thinking about running the Boston Marathon and writing books and being a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show; I would have thought myself crazy if I did!

Know what my New Year’s Resolution for this year is going to be? No more eating while standing or driving. I find this behaviour starts to creep up on me until most of my meals are behind the wheel or standing at the kitchen counter. I can tell you why I do this – I am so busy, I spend a lot of time in the car driving around seeing clients all over the map – but, bottom line (for my bottom!) - it is not good for me. I eat too much because I eat mindlessly, and I eat too fast. So that is finishing. And my strategy for enabling that? Having a big bottle of water in the car, and a cup of tea while working in the kitchen. No eating in the house unless I am seated. That is doable for me. It doesn’t require a huge investment of time, just a consciousness about my choices. 

Let me share, in the columns below, some equally small step approaches to starting your new year off on a positive and realistic note. And remember – your ‘New Year’ can start any day of the year. My 173 weight loss started in mid-October, not January.
     


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