So we are well into the New Year. So did you start a new diet? How is it going?
At this time of year many of us feel motivated to change our diet for the better. A new year feels like turning a corner, where you can say goodbye to old habits and practice and re-inforce new ones.
But why is it so hard to keep going after the first week of January?
We may say it’s the cold, or the dark, or we have a cold, or we are too tired, or the wrong diet, or the wrong exercise plan or whatever excuse we use.
Could it be that we forgot the most important part of changing? That is actually wanting to do it for yourself and not for someone else, or because you think you should, or you’d quite like to have the body of Rihanna, but actually really, really wanting it.
Preparation for change is often overlooked, and that is why changing your diet suddenly and dramatically can do more harm than good.
Often people tell me they don’t have the willpower to make changes to their diet, but if you generate a strong sense of why you want to do it, and feel good about that, then you will have generated the ‘willpower’.
If you have found it difficult to keep going with your new diet this year, try looking at your motivation. Is this something you really want?
Write a list of the benefits of doing it and feel how good it will feel to achieve all of them. It is important to generate the positive feeling.
Once you have generated the feel good excitement about making this change, keep going back to it, daily if possible.
Once you have focused on the benefits and generated that feel good energy for some time, then make the change. I find this approach helps me to make positive changes.
If your New Year’s resolutions have now come and gone, don’t give up. Start again once you have generated the positivity for the changes that you want and see how much easier it is.