Let’s Talk About “The Weight Loss Resolution”

It’s that time of year again! Just 4 short days ago untold numbers of us pledged to ourselves – and perhaps our families, friends & followers – that we would change our habits with the intention of loosing weight.

I kinda get it. I mean, for years and years I pledged along with the rest of them. I always used January 1st as the beginning of an imagined weight loss journey.

I can only speak for myself here, but it never really stuck. Or rather, the weight always stuck far better than the resolution.

So what’s with the mass desire to loose weight? Wanting to be healthier is one thing but I can’t help wondering about the marketing happening to create this trend.

More importantly, can we spin this towards deeper meaning. Instead of simply following the idea that we should more faithfully support the health industry or chase a certain body image could we centre on living more consciously?

I think that’s a big part of what has always been missing for me in my weight loss journey. I got the message to go to the gym and to eat a certain way but it always came from outside. It came from marketing, blog posts, health magazines and the like.

What if instead of simply saying we have a resolution to lose weight we had a resolution to nourish our bodies and paid attention to what our bodies actually wanted?

Not simply eating this “superfood” or that “negative calorie snack” because we were told that’s what we should do but instead exploring and experimenting to find what really feels good and gives us energy, strength and health?

I imagine this kind of mental shift is where the real change happens. Not in what we’re told to do but in what we feel good doing.

What about you? What are your resolutions and how are you planning to turn resolutions in to reality?

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