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New Year, Same You (And That’s Okay)

Let’s reframe how we set ourselves up for success at the beginning of the year (or new week). It’s time for a fresh motto – New Year, Same You!

Who you are today is pretty magnificent, but we can all set realistic intentions for growth.

New Year, Same You – A Fresh Perspective!

80% of New Year’s resolutions fail.

Instead of setting a resolution, that’s often completely unreachable, take this opportunity to look at something in your life you struggle with and want to improve upon. Set that intention!

Resolution – I will only eat organic and go to the gym twice a day.

Yes, I’m being extreme, but you get the point!

Intention – Mornings are hard for my family, and my kid is sometimes late for school. I will focus on making lunch the night before to save time in the morning and get my kid to school on time.

See! This is far more realistic. 

I picked getting your kid to school on time as an example because it has nothing to do with changing your body.

Think about that for a moment. You can set intentions for the year that have nothing to do with your body.

Your life’s purpose is not to lose weight!

Take some time to write out what you need and what you want out of this new year. The answers might surprise you.

If weight loss is still on your list, then look back on all the times in your life when you’ve been on a (failed) diet.

You know intuitively that dieting doesn’t work, and yet society tells you to keep trying. Once again, your life’s purpose is not to lose weight!

Related: What Happens When You Do Weight Watchers As A Kid

What is it that you really want?

Do you want to move your body more?

Awesome, considering signing up for a 5K if that sounds appealing! Most 5K’s are family-friendly, and be sure to select one to walk. Give yourself a few months to train for the event.

Do you want to learn more about nutrition?

Wonderful, sign up for a cooking class or connect with a size-friendly nutritionist.

With an intention, you can set a realistic plan in place! And signing up for a 5K or taking a cooking class is far more of an act of self-love than doing radical things to attempt to change your body.  

Take some time to think about what you want to improve upon in your life, remembering your “New Year, Same You” motto. Then write out some actionable steps that are obtainable.

Related: How Can I Learn To Love My Body?

While you’re working on your list, there’s something I want to encourage you to add – self-advocacy! From connecting with a size-friendly care provider to prioritizing your safety (example – asking for a seatbelt extender during flights if you need one). You matter!

You’d never put up with a pediatrician who fat-shames your kids. So why do you put up with a care provider who makes you feel ashamed of your body?

Think about it!

“New Year, Same You” is a reminder that you don’t have to make radical changes. So, stop setting expectations for yourself that are entirely unrealistic.

Start prioritizing small things in your busy life that you’d like to improve upon – from acts of self-love to strengthening your self-advocacy or maybe just getting the kids to school on time.

You’ve got this!

Want to dig in even deeper? Listen to episode 83 of the Plus Mommy Podcast!

Recording & Show Notes: Plus Mommy Podcast Episode 83

Resources Mentioned On The Show:

  • We’re starting a Body Positive Book Club! Join this month by reading Health At Every Size. You can call into the show and leave a recording sharing your thoughts about the book by calling 505-926-1303.
  • Meg of Meg O. On The Go has the best makeup tips if that’s something you want to tap into this year! I love following her on Instagram.

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