Happy day after Christmas ;) I’ve been teaching classes all morning long, and do you know what EVERYONE been saying? “I can’t wait until the new year to go on a diet.”
I want you to think back to your mindset last December after a week of holiday festivities (eg, wine, cheese plates, and Christmas cookies on repeat). Remember how you thought December made you fat and how you swore up and down you were going to lose weight in the New Year? And remember how you got off to a really strong start and were all about salads, baked salmon, and roasted broccoli, but then how you got like, 2 weeks into January and suddenly found yourself eating a California burrito in the car as you pretended that you didn’t just drive right past the gym?
Or maybe it was just me all those years.
I actually don’t think so because whoever’s in charge of measuring such things (it’s Neilson, FYI) claims that 92% of New Years resolutions don’t last through the first month. Also according to said statistical researchers, about 70% of those resolutions have to do with weight loss and health improvement. I’m no mathematician, but that doesn’t exactly put the odds in your favor.
Anyway, I digress. That feeling of eating a french-fry stuffed burrito (*AloneInTheCarCough*) just a few weeks after setting new goals is pretty shitty.
Trust me...I know because I could write a book on the topic. I spent countless Decembers in a past life formulating and planning the perfect diet for the new year, while stuffing everything I could down my mouth before January 1st because I knew it was all grilled chicken and lemon-dressed kale from there. But every year I’d get a few weeks deep into my new “lifestyle” and suddenly I’d be like “holy shit if I don’t have some pizza and a tub of cookie dough right this second I”m literally going to die.” And that would be the end of that. I’d have the pizza, the cookie dough, and would decide that I blew it anyway and that I might as well go all out for a few days..and then it would be the weekend and forget it- I’ll be good on Monday.
I repeated that behavior for a casual ten or twelve years. It was a terrible way to live and worst of all, I never achieved any of my goals…at least, not in the long term.
I was in my late 20’s when I finally decided to change my relationship with food and I have not needed to set a New Years resolution since.
If you didn’t get where I’m going with this long-winded situation, here you go:
Diets are shit.
No one stays on them for very long. If you’ve been on more than a couple and are back where you started, I think you can agree that diets do not work for the long haul.
Here are a few reasons why:
Boredom. Eating chicken every day is sick (not in a good way). You cannot possibly happily exist of totally boring, plain foods with only yellow mustard as a condiment for very long unless you dropped acid, fell and hit your head, and lost your sense of taste (I had a boyfriend in high school whom this happened to). If you’ve successfully achieved this through other means, please DM me.
For this reason, I’m calling my coaching program 21 Days of Cheat Meals. Because every single thing you eat will feel like a “cheat meal.” Only it won’t be- it will be awesomely good for you.. but I swear on my dog Cody that it won’t taste like one of those nasty “skinny” recipes that actually tastes nothing like it’s original version, because that’s garbage. And there is not a single chicken salad on your menu (unless you really like chicken salads, then go to town).
Lack of planning. When you find yourself in a situation where you are left with very few choices and not much time, you um, have very few choices and not much time. That often ends poorly.
As previously mentioned, Not much time. Who the hell has time to plan? Me either. Seriously though- I know you think trainers don’t work hard, but I work upward of 40 hours a week, all weird AF hours, and am in the car easily 2 hours each day. I was forced to figure out how the heck to streamline my time to maximize my health. I'm down to share what I know.
Mindset around food. Ahhh. Here’s the kicker. Most of my clients have never even considered this, and for that reason don’t think it’s a real issue. Let me tell you what I’ve found in my experience coaching hundreds (hey, I run groups) of nutrition clients: Mindset is one of the single most important factors when it comes to changing the way your behavior around food in the long haul. This is my absolute specialty. Changing your relationship with food WILL change your behavior around food.
To reiterate: here are the three areas we are going to focus on during 21 Days of Cheat Meals:
- Eating food that feels naughty (that’s the fun part)
- Learning to streamline planning and prep in a way that works for you (thats not particularly fun, but this is the one place where a little discipline is going to be involved- and I can show you how to make it manageable) AND what to do when you just don’t prep.
- Mindset - that’s the really, really important part.
Sidenote: Want to know what Business Insider says makes the difference for the 8% of resolutioners who actually make real change is? An online course. Holla! I got your back.