Why It’s OK to Want To Lose Weight For New Year’s

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Understand why it is absolutely OK to want to Lose Weight For New Year’s, and the secret to actually making it happen this year!

New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year again...

The annual onslaught of uncomfortable diet and weight loss talk amongst coworkers, family, and Instagram friends followed by a solid two-week attempt at ‘being good’.

And by ‘being good’ they mean blindly cutting out food groups, overly restricting calories, and flat out ignoring holistic wellness in the pursuit of weight loss come January 1st.

You know the talk. It is the same phrases we utter year after year with no true intention behind them:

  • “After New Year’s I’m going to go back to the gym and eat healthily so I can lose weight”
  • “I want to lose 10 pounds this year”
  • “I want to lose weight so I can fit back into my jeans again”

And you know what, I’m sick of it. Simply saying ‘I want to lose weight’ really isn’t a meaningful New Year’s resolution.

In Defense of Weight Loss

First and foremost, your desire to want to lose weight is not wrong. It’s absolutely OK to want to lose weight for New Year’s.

Someone who struggles with their weight, I personally understand the true, deep desire to lose weight. I hope you never think that I am trying to discredit your feelings or desire to lose weight.

I simply want to encourage you to look at weight loss in a new way…

In Defense of New Year’s Resolutions

The approach of a New Year offers us the chance to reinvent ourselves, it fills us with optimism and the exciting thoughts of what the future may hold.

Many people feel the same way, and that is why, year after year, hundreds of thousands of women make the pledge: “This is my year to (insert get healthy, lose weight, exercise more: here)”.

And it truly is wonderful, I would never ever ever discount or discredit anyone who wants to make a positive change in their life. In fact, I wish more people would.

But, Here is The Problem

  • How many times have you declared that this is your year to lose weight?
  • How many times have you started the month of January with hope in your heart, determined to eat perfectly healthy and exercise every single day?
  • How many times have you followed a strict diet that deprives you of all your favorite foods, only to find yourself 5 days in standing in the pantry in the dark at midnight snarfing an entire bag of Oreos (ahem, spoken from personal experience)
  • How many years has this approach actually worked for you?
  • How many years have you ended the year weighing less than when you started?
  • How many years did your resolution to lose weight last beyond January 15th??

Seriously. Think about it. Now, think about this. Weight is nothing more than a measure of the gravitational force between your body and the earth.

Read that again.

Your weight is not a sole indicator of how healthy you are.

Your weight is not a sole indicator of how happy you are.

Your weight is not an indicator of what a kind, loving, giving person you are.

Your weight is not an indicator of how incredibly intelligent and thoughtful you are.

Your weight is not an indicator of what a loving mother, sister, daughter, wife, and friend that you are.

So, then why are we letting our measured gravitational pull between our bodies and the earth have such an enormous impact on our perception of ourselves, our abilities, and our greatest qualities?

Why do we put so much emphasis on such a meaningless measure? What would happen if we took all the energy we put into micromanaging our weight and put it into something more meaningful, like health-promoting behaviors?

What if Weight Loss Wasn’t Your New Year’s Resolution?

I haven’t weighed myself in over three years, and let me be the first to tell you that it has been one of the most liberating choices I have made when it comes to my personal health and mental well-being. It has taken me a long time to start to let go of the weight complex that we all subconsciously carry with us.

I hope that the lessons I have learned for myself can help you to start changing the way you think about health, weight, and happiness.

From one woman to another, I am urging you to think about this important question: What if Weight Loss Wasn’t Your New Year’s Resolution? What more could life offer you? How much happier & healthier could you be?

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