New Year, New Beginnings and I’m guessing that many people have thought of New Year resolutions for 2017. Maybe to be healthier? Join the gym? Read more? or to learn a new language? Have you got a resolution or goal for this year?
For some reason we believe that a New Year gives us a chance to start a fresh and new resolutions can be a good thing. I mean, it gives us a goal, a challenge, something to go for and make sure that 2017 is better than 2016. What can be wrong with that?
The only New Year resolution I ever made and kept was to lose weight back in 2011. And I did it. I did it to an extreme. I reached my goal and then some more and then some more… Yes that was the year I got an eating disorder. I simply feared eating, eating anything, for fear of gaining weight. I was getting many compliments about my weight loss that surely it was a good thing? The New Year resolution was met but at what expense? Nearly my life…
For some reason we are led to believe that achieving weight loss is a good thing we should all strive for. But really you should make it about you and just you, not what society thinks you should do.
I don’t make New Years resolutions any more but to-do lists of things I will achieve even if it is just to finally try that new restaurant. Yes, recovery is a goal of mine, but it didn’t start just because a new year started it started because I don’t want to live controlled by the voice telling me I cant eat this or that. Telling me to “get over it” and just eat more doesn’t solve the eating disorder that plays on your mind. Weight is not a reflection of the person within.
I don’t disapprove of New Year resolutions I just believe that we should continually set ourselves “to-do” lists that make us Happier. Be that to go to the theatre more, to finally go to that new restaurant with your friends, to see your family. Just remember to do what make you happy.