I would bet that is a common theme today, being the last holiday of the summer and especially since Labor Day is on the 1rst this year. Just seems to be a good time for getting a fresh new start.
How about this year you try something NOT about a new diet?
1. Try NOT dieting. Try a new approach to stop the cycle of craving – overeating – feeling guilty – dieting. It’s not really about the food but the way we THINK about food. I recently found the AM I Hungry? program to be the missing piece in helping my clients get off the diet roller-coaster. Check out the link below for a great handout from the program and if you would like more information on this program drop me an email: email@example.com
2. Step back and get a Vision. Connect your life goals to where you are now. What do I want to be able to do that I can’t do now because of my eating, my weight, and my health? Consider hiring a life or health coach to help you along the journey so that you keep moving forward and reach your goal.
3. Take a Journal Time-Out. Are you too busy taking care of others and neglecting your self-care that you treat yourself, thinking “I deserve it” Instead of sitting down with your comfort food as reward for your hard work, first take 5 minutes to journal your thoughts about it and then if you still want it, go ahead and enjoy!
4. Get Positive Feedback. Feeling down on yourself and in a rut? Perfectionism got you in a diet-overeat-guilt -start over cycle? Realize that we have good days and bad days, success and failure and all of this is a learning experience to do better the next go-around. Start reading or listening to inspirational podcasts or books. This is especially important if you have others around you that talk negative or bring you down. You need to rewire your thought process!
5. Connect to Your Life Calling. Find your motivation for health in your life calling. If you are in your 40s or older and you have not figured out what work God has put you here to do, then take some time to reflect, read, talk to someone, join a Bible study group – something that helps you figure out what your purpose in life is.
Believe you can and you’re halfway there.