As we head into 2017, I think it’s important to discuss New Year’s resolutions, as many people make them. They are typically areas where people think they can make improvements in their lives. One of the most common resolutions is to lose weight. Rather than focusing on this goal, though, let’s be thankful for, well, being able to have ample food to eat. Here’s what I mean.
The popularity of the Resolution to Lose Weight
The end of the year is not just a time for going to parties and enjoying time with family and friends. It is also when many folks reflect on what they have done during the year and what to modify in the New Year.
According to the data collected by the University of Scranton and the Journal of Clinical Psychology, which was shared on Statistic Brain, the top resolution for 2016 was to shed excess pounds. I am almost certain that the same resolution will be near the top of the list of changes to make for 2017 for a lot of people.
Rather than resolve to do so, though, I encourage you to look instead at this popular New Year’s 2017 resolution in a new way.
Turning the Weight Loss Resolution on its Head
Instead of focusing on taking off weight, why not instead be thankful for having enough food to eat each day? Think of the people who are starving, not just in third-world countries but also in the same city or town where you live right now.
By looking at the problem of overeating during the year and, especially, during the holidays, from this viewpoint then you can certainly see that you would be more grateful for having food in your cupboards and a full stomach as you drift off to sleep at night.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up
Also, if the reason that you want to slim down in 2017 is to be more content with who you are, I encourage you to celebrate your body instead. Please understand I’m not saying you needn’t continue with a weight loss goal as doing so can certainly improve your general health and help you feel more energetic. Instead, what I mean is that the weight loss goal you set for the New Year shouldn’t be for the primary purpose of loving yourself.
In fact, when you love and accept yourself then you are more likely to succeed at slimming down. Rather than looking at your body’s imperfections, I encourage you to look at the amazing machine that is the human body. Life is too short to beat ourselves up over every calorie consumed. Instead, be present and enjoy the moment. Be thankful you have enough food to eat ♥
I wish you a wonderful New Year ahead!