Yes, you heard me correctly! I am challenging you NOT to set a weight loss goal this new year. At least not in the traditional sense.
I know this time of year is inundated with New Year weight loss ideas and programs. It can be overwhelming to see the gym promotions and healthy food ads everywhere you turn.
But this year I am challenging myself to focus on something other than the numbers on the scale. I have three questions I will ask myself everyday. They are not difficult questions, but they will cause me to evaluate my actions and retrain my brain towards wellness.
1. Is this meal going to make my body work better?
We have all read enough nutrition information to know that lean meats, healthy fats, green leafy veggies, whole grains, and water are the basis of a healthy, well-balanced diet. We know these are the foods that will keep our body in top performance. So I am not going to count every calorie or weigh each portion of food.
Instead, my plan is to evaluate the food on my plate and choose those foods I know will be in line with my wellness goals. I want to have clearer skin, so I will avoid sugary drinks and greasy foods. I want to work out longer and harder, so I will avoid processed carbs and heavy food that will weigh me down.
2. Have I gotten enough activity to keep my body moving?
For my job, sit down a lot during the day. It can be difficult to be away from my desk, so I rarely get 10,000 steps a day unless I exercise at some point during the day. So, my goal for the new year is to incorporate light to moderate exercise into my morning routine. I'm not jumping back into heavy weightlifting for awhile; I just want to ease my body gently back into movement, so that I don't get discouraged by fatigue or soreness.
3. Am I getting enough sleep?
This question will probably be the hardest to answer truthfully. I know for a fact, I do not get enough sleep, and it shows when I am tired throughout the day. I am sure the change in my eating habits and exercise routine will help, but at the end of the day, I need to remind myself to get in the bed and SLEEP.
To help me with that, I am establishing an evening routine that gets me to bed by at least 11pm every evening, no matter what I have going on during the day. Every time I think about staying up later than that, I remind myself how tough the next day will be without the proper sleep.
And that's it!
Hopefully, these questions will steer me in the direction of better health overall; weight loss will simply be a by-product of better health.
So this is my challenge to you this new year: let's throw away the scale! Instead, focus with me on answering these questions everyday. Will you accept the challenge?