We’re a few days into the New Year and chances are pretty good that your social media has been filled with diet talk.
Facebook Friend: “I’m going on Whole 30 and doing hot yoga 5 days a week.”
Instagram Influencer: “I’m doing keto this year to lose weight.”
Random Tweet: “What a bummer that calories have to start counting again now that Christmas is done.”
Sound familiar? These are all similar (if not identical) things I have seen while scrolling through my social media in the past week. When you are someone who is on a non-diet journey, this can all be very challenging to navigate.
The close of one year and the beginning of another year marks a natural time to start reflecting on your life and goals. While some people despise New Year Resolutions all together, I understand the desire to goal-set. I’ve always been a bit of an achiever and perfectionist. But the problem is that these are also the traits that led me down the path to disordered eating. So how can we approach a new year or goal without turning it into the next diet or healthy lifestyle plan (aka diet in disguise)? Today I wanted to provide a few ideas to get you thinking.
Choose a Word Instead of a Resolution
Last year at this time, I wrote about setting New Year intentions. The past two years, instead of setting a resolution for myself, I picked a word to guide me through the year. Last year my word was GROW and two years ago my word(s) was LET GO. After reflecting on some of my struggles over the last year, I finally decided on my 2019 word–ENOUGH. Because I know that I am constantly trying to achieve and cross the next thing off my list, this year I wanted to work on being okay with myself as I am. (I’m currently reading the book The Achievement Trap which helped guide my decision to choose this word.)
Here are some questions you might consider asking yourself to decide on a word:
- What have been some things that I have consistently struggled with in the last year?
- What are some things I value as a person?
- What are my goals in life and how might I manifest them this year?
Create a Non-Diet Resolution
If you’re tempted to resort back to the typical weight loss resolution, I want to give a gentle reminder that 95% of diets fail. We talked about this in my Intuitive Eating Series if you need a refresher. I know it can be tempting to fall back to a trendy diet because everyone else around you is doing it. But ask yourself this–if you knew that a medical procedure had a 95% failure rate, would you do it? So why go back to dieting?
Instead, ask yourself the same questions I offered above. Instead of picking a word this time, you can make a more specific goal for yourself. For example, last year I wanted to continue to learn more about Intuitive Eating. Therefore, I enrolled in courses as an action step.
Here are some examples of non-diet resolutions that might fall in line with your values:
- Learn to speak Spanish by enrolling in a local course at the community college
- Read more books this year by joining a book club
- (If you want to join my book club, stay tuned for details SOON on my upcoming book club featuring Body Kindness by Rebecca Scritchfield)
- Keep a daily gratitude journal
- Develop a bedtime routine that fosters more restful sleep
- Develop a morning routine that helps you feel more calm and prepared each day.
- Read Intuitive Eating and begin to implement the 10 principles into your own life
- (If you need extra support, I have coaching spots available!)
- Get a massage once every 2 months as a form of self-care
- Plan a trip to somewhere you have never been
- Meet up with a friend for dinner once a month
- Work your way through a daily devotional
- Buy a new cookbook (a one that’s not “diet-y”) and try a new recipe each week
- Meditate daily.
This isn’t an exhaustive list, of course. The list could go on and on.
What are some other non-diet resolutions that you can think of? Do you have one in mind for yourself?
Maybe you’re more of a “word” person (like me)–what is your word for the year?
Share in the comments below!
For more on this subject, tune in to Keloland Living Friday, January 11th at 2pm CST (or online) where I will be a guest talking about this very topic! 🙂