The holidays have come and gone, and a new year is here. It’s also that time when dieting advice is everywhere you turn … even if you didn’t ask for it. While I typically like to focus on what to do when it comes to healthy goals, this time around I thought I’d try something different. Let’s take a few moments to think about what not to do this year.
Don’t pile on the guilt. Okay, so you had Christmas cookies for breakfast … three times. Or maybe you had that “I’m-so-full-it-hurts” feeling more than once (been there). It happened, it’s in the past and it’s time to move on. Instead of dwelling on holiday indulgences, think about what new activities or healthy recipes you’d like to try. Every day is a fresh start!
Don’t focus too closely on the number on the scale. Yes, TOPS is a weight-loss organization and, yes, weigh-ins are a part of each meeting. But the weigh-in portion of meetings is meant to help keep you accountable; it should never define your happiness for the week. Don’t forget to celebrate non weight-related victories*, no matter how small they may seem.
Don’t think that, if it worked for your friend, it will definitely work for you. Maybe one of your friends is going to try a new diet that she’s really excited about. And chances are, you will hear about it the next time you see her. While it’s great to share tips and successes with one another, we have to remember that just because something worked for one person, doesn’t mean it will work for us … and that’s okay. We’re all different, and we have to find the plan that’s the best (and safest!) for our unique needs.
And now for the “dos.” Do approach the new year as an opportunity to build your best self, do make sure you enjoy whichever meal plan you choose and do remember that you’re in charge. So bring it on, 2019. Let’s do this!
*Members, celebrate your own non-scale victories with printable badges for activities like keeping a food journal, showing up for meetings and more! Find them in the Members Area of tops.org.