Wellness Wednesday: New Year, Old You?
Another year done and the cycle begins again. Everywhere you look, popular media will be peppered with titles like: “New Year, New You; Turn Over A New Leaf in 2018; and Start Fresh This Year”. No matter what the title, it’s typical around this time of the year to see posts of this sort. Posts about how the new year is supposed to be a rallying cry for creating a “brand new you”- a version of yourself that completely forgets all your old habits and limitations and rises again, like a phoenix from the ashes. It sounds kind of awesome, doesn’t it? But it’s probably not the best approach for long-term success and here’s why.
Simply said, your personal history matters. Whether you choose to recognize it or not, the relationship you have with food will continue to affect you throughout your life, even if its on a sub-conscious level. By ignoring your previous limitations and struggles in this area, you might find yourself falling into the same holes and making the same mistakes that you have countless times before. In 2017, “lose weight and/ or get in shape” was one of the top resolutions made- as it was in 2016, 2015 and 2014, perhaps even by some of the same people. Why? It happens because we as consumers are always looking for the magic bullet- the new, fast and easy way to look like a fitness model without changing our current habits, beliefs or schedule. Sadly, there is no magic bullet, only personal choices.
Why does this seem familiar?
Over the course of my career, I have repeatedly heard the phrase, ‘You get out what you put in’. This is incredibly true for nutrition, fitness and weight loss. If you put in a minimal effort, you will not see maximal results. The flipside of this coin is that hard work really does pay off. If you recognize your limitations and problem areas, confront them with a plan and doggedly adhere to it, you will succeed. Even better, you may find that with time, the daily practice of health becomes more than a routine, but an integrated part of your life that you actually enjoy. With time and consistency, change is possible. You won’t be a brand new you, but something even better- the best version of the old you that there is- one with better mental grit, self-reliance and a pride in knowing that it doesn’t take a magic bullet to produce a positive change, only determination, consistency and the refusal to accept the status quo.