This is the exact moment where most people feel really uncomfortable.
According to research, the day after Christmas is when reality settles in that the year is almost over and you’re not quite where you want to be with your health and fitness.
This is the awareness stage. It lasts from now until a couple of weeks into the new year.
The sad reality is that most New Year’s resolutions fail.
A combined 43% of New Year’s resolutions are made with the objectives of living healthier and/or losing weight.
Unfortunately, only 8% of New Year’s resolutions across the board are successful.
So, it’s safe to assume the majority of people are not feeling super confident in how they look and feel right now.
Before you jump into reactive mode (ya know, like joining an extreme program like Optavia or some crazy fasting protocol to try to rapidly lose weight as an overreaction to the holidays) …
Maybe take a step back and gain some perspective.
You’ve probably been eating more freely which is actually a good thing.
Would you be surprised to know that many of our clients struggle more with eating too little than anything else?
Years of chronic dieting and yo-yo dieting has left them in a poor metabolic and hormonal state which makes fat loss way more challenging.
We often get them significantly leaner by eating more.
In fact, we just had a client reach the 10 lb. down mark (yes, she did it over the holiday season because our process actually allows you to live your life) and is eating an average of 600-700 calories more per day than when she started with us.
My point is that you may be doing your metabolism a favor by eating more freely right now.
Are your New Year’s resolutions leading to restrictive behavior in January?
The problem is that you’re likely making plans to tragically restrict your intake as we head into January.
Ask yourself this question …
Why are you so hell bent on pushing yourself to the max once the calendar strikes 2023?
Odds are you are fantasizing about how dialed in and consistent you’ll be and day dreaming about the results that will follow.
It feels good to think about looking better naked and having your clothes fit the way you want them to.
But in theory and in reality are remarkably different.
So let’s go back to that question …
Why are you dieting and why do you want to lose weight?
The surface level answer is probably something like …
I want to get this weight off because I’m uncomfortable in my own skin and I want to look better, feel better, and be healthier.
And how would it benefit you if you accomplished those things?
Well, I’d have more confidence, I’d stop being so stressed about my body, and I’d be able to live my life with more peace of mind and overall well-being.
How would it benefit those around you?
I’d have more energy to show up for my kids, I’d be setting a better example for them, and if I feel better about myself I think it would improve all of my relationships as well.
Now think about how proud your family will be when they see you on that journey and they understand how important it is to you and how you believe it’ll benefit them as well.
Do you think that’ll come to fruition if you jump into an 800 calorie starvation diet or try to be so perfect that you give yourself zero room for error or flexibility?
I’m guessing not. I’m guessing they would be proud of you living your life and enjoying the process. I’m guessing the example that you imagine setting for your kids is not one where food takes over your life and you are miserable all the time.
Cool, so let’s act in congruence with that mindset.
You can revisit the power of others anytime you’re questioning yourself or have the urge to do something extreme.
Is this in alignment with setting a better example for my kids and is this something my family will be proud of me for?
Harnessing this positive emotion can be a powerful tool in the toolbox.
It’s been shown to help smokers quit when they think about how proud their kids will be when they stop smoking.
It can be your kids, a mentor, or anyone you love and respect.
It can also come from a place of kindness to others.
Meaning, if you do something that helps the common good … like your actions can directly or indirectly support others in need … that can be another positive driver.
For example, if you believe that your actions will positively impact someone else who is struggling with their own nutrition and fitness journey … you can imagine someone watching your actions as proof that they can do it too.
We are taking this concept to the next level very soon.
We’re finalizing the details of a challenge in January that will directly impact those in need.
It’ll be a power use of this mental hack to keep you engaged and more consistent through the process.
The community and common goal for the common good will have a massive impact on your results.
I’m super excited to announce all the details but that’ll have to wait for now.
I just wanted to plant the seed so you put it on your radar.
I’ve recruited some of the top experts in the space to truly make this a one of a kind experience.
Be prepared to be a part of something incredibly special that directly contributes to doing good in the world.
Can’t wait to reveal more.