years come and go, and every end of the year we try to resolve what we want to try to do better next year. sometimes this includes losing weight, getting more healthy, increasing speed running or cycling, be consistent with training, start saying yes to you and not everyone else. sound familiar? sounds a bit harsh that resolve word – and it is!
2 a : break up, separate <the prism resolved the light into a play of color>; also : to change by disintegration
b : to reduce by analysis <resolve the problem into simple elements>
c : to distinguish between or make independently visible adjacent parts of
d : to separate (a racemic compound or mixture) into the two components
so you are trying to separate yourself from some nasty habit you acquired. why not change the mindset this year to Embrace a new better-for-you habit. when it is all about deprivation and separation, you have a much harder time with actually making this permanent. you crave what you are not supposed to have! (just like when you were a kid – ‘don’t do that’ meant ‘go do it’ to you. or ‘let’s see if i can get away with it?’ rules are meant to be broken, right???)
instead of saying ‘i will not eat junk food ever again’, you may want to try ‘i will eat less junk food’ or ‘i will find healthier versions/ alternatives of my current junk foods’. with this new way of thinking, you are not forcing deprivation but rather an adventure with food. It may be rather exciting to look for healthier alternatives! you might find it fun to cook new ways to make your current meals healthier. you may hire a sports nutritionist who can help you make these adventures realistic or help you with where to start!
the new year should be about embracing new things that are healthy. love the new you are creating! love who you are where you currently are! love yourself and choose to create new habits that help nurture you, help you attain your healthy weight, sleep better, be in better moods and of course, habits that make you train stronger and look younger, too! surround yourself with those who support the new you and say farewell to those who no longer serve but to bring you down.
embrace your healthier happy self. do what makes you happy, even it is as simple as running outside in the first snow to make a snow angel (and you are not even wearing the right clothes for it!), do what makes you feel good. embrace it, love it and Happy New Year!
for more information about sports nutrition coaching, cooking and programs including Detox Plan for the Athlete, please visit Joanna Chodorowska at www.n-im.net