Happy New Year! Yes, I know it’s not actually the New Year, but I’m only a week off, and I took some much needed time to be with my family! I hope you did the same with yours too! So anyways, Happy New Year! A time to start fresh. A time to recharge and re-energize. A time to switch up your lifestyle completely because it’s a New Year, new you, right? Wrong.
New Year, New You. Ugh.
I HATE the saying, “New Year, New You”. Really, I do. I despise it. And every year at this time, you see it EVERYWHERE! Why do you need a completely new you? Is EVERYTHING about the old you just wrong? Is there not ONE thing you like about yourself?? I doubt it. Sure, we aren’t perfect, and we have things we don’t particularly like about ourselves. Honestly, I’d be worried if there wasn’t something about yourself that you’d like to improve. But a whole new you? I don’t think so.
With the New Year, so many people decide this is the time to get their life in order. This is the time to drop all their bad habits. And while that is a great goal, it’s often way too lofty. The odds aren’t in your favor if you decide starting January 1, you won’t eat ANY more sugar. Especially if you just ate your weight in chocolate over the holidays (anyone else??). Sure this is the “new you” for the moment. But in a few days, a few weeks, or maybe a few months, you’re probably going to be right back where you started – eating sugar… (I am SO not telling you to cut out sugar, that’s just ridiculous to me!)
Why? Because making drastic changes to your life is, well, drastic. Putting your body through a 7 day super cleanse when you’ve just eaten alllll the food is going to shock your system. Doing a 60 minute intense total body workout when you haven’t worked out in months is going to shock your system as well.
PSA – If you are looking to do a cleanse, please do your research. I could go on and on about cleanses, but the truth is, our bodies are MEANT to cleanse themselves. Sure, if you feed your body crap, your body is going to struggle a bit more. But clean up your eating habits and you won’t need to try the latest and greatest super food cleanse.
And why now? Is the New Year the only time you decide to make a resolution, or make a lifestyle change? No. You can do it whenever the hell you want. Just because it’s the New Year doesn’t mean you need to make any changes.
The point is, creating a whole “new you” is over the top and it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to maintain it.
Take, for example, Whole30. It’s a fabulous program and there are TONS of people that swear by it and love it and there are so many delicious recipes to go along with it. My issue is that you are restricting yourself of so many foods and once you’re done with your 30 days, you can go right back to eating them. Yes, you can learn a lot about your body, but if you treat it like a diet, once you’re off it, you’ll revert back to normal. Use the program as a way to jump start your healthy eating routine. But don’t use it as a magical cure all diet. This goes for all other diet fads outs there.
Along those same lines, be very wary of programs that tell you you’ll lose X amount of weight/fat/”insert whatever else they’re trying to make sound good” in X amount of time, guaranteed! We all know that anything really worthwhile takes TIME and EFFORT! Maybe you’ve heard or seen the saying that it takes 4 weeks for you to notice a change, 8 weeks for friends and family, and 12 weeks for the world. That’s about 3 months right there. No quick fixes.
While a “new you” may sound good in theory, and creating these fantastic resolutions looks great on paper, I have a hard time accepting the fact that people will be able to maintain this “new you”. And isn’t that the point? To make changes to your life to better yourself???
So it’s time to end the whole “New Year, New You” concept.
New Year, Same You Only BETTER!
Instead of a “New Year, New You”, let’s do a “New Year, Same You only Better!” Because I truly believe the old you is pretty damn good, you just could use a few improvements!
Here are just a few simple tips on making the same you, better.
- Instead of eliminating any one food entirely, start slow. Cut it in half. Then again. Then again. Until you’ve finally cut it out, or gotten it to your goal level.
- Instead of trying a brand new latest and greatest diet, start by improving just ONE of your meals each day. Look at what you normally eat and then clean eat up. Move to the next meal afterwards!
- Instead of buying a workout program that has you working out 6 days a week, find one that can be easily modified. Start slow at 2-3 days per week for 30 minutes. Then work your way up.
When you make small changes and work on them continuously, you’ll look back and realize over the course of a few months or even a year, you’ve made a drastic life change! But you’ll be able to maintain it because you didn’t shock your system!
Start small and then grow bigger (not physically). Remember, you made this goal at the beginning of the year, so you’ve got 365 days to complete it. Life isn’t a 100m dash, it’s like an Iron Man or 2.
I’m not telling you that you can’t try a new workout program, or you can’t go for a Whole30. What I AM trying to tell you is that becoming a healthier you is a journey. There will be ups and there will be downs. But the most important thing is to keep moving forward and making progress. And slow but steady usually wins the race 🙂
So here’s my advice to you for 2018. Write up your resolutions or goals or ideas or whatever you want to call it. (I personally don’t like the term resolution, because let’s be honest, who is still talking about their resolutions in June?? A goal makes much more sense to me.) Then make a step by step plan. Small steps are the key to success! And remember to keep it simple! You knew I couldn’t NOT throw that in there!
Another thing to keep in mind, you can change your goals or how you approach them whenever you want!! There are no rules with this kind of stuff! That’s the beauty.
Keeping it simple is what we do here. I want you to be successful in achieving your goals and I truly believe that taking small, easy to implement steps along the way will not only help you get there, but help you maintain it. And that’s the most important thing!
I couldn’t leave you all without sharing a few of my personal goals. I feel like that would be hypocritical on my part. For more details on a few of my blogging goals, check out Reminisce and Strategize.
- Launch my 12 week workout program and sell at least 20 in the first 2 months
- Write my very first E-book!
- Build leg strength by increasing my squats
- Clean up my breakfast eating habits (make more overnight oats)
If you hate the idea of “New Year, new you”, help me spread the work and PIN it!
Now it’s your turn. What are some of your goals for this upcoming year and how are you going to reach them?!