If you're like the majority of the U.S., your #1 resolution for 2016 probably sounds something like this: lose weight, get fit, be more active, eat healthy, cleanse. You think, this will be the year I do it! I'll stick to the diet, go to the gym 5 times a week, really be dedicated. You scour your social media channels with hashtags like #fitfam, #cleaneating and #motivation. You even make some financial investments towards a gym membership, multiple Whole Foods runs and a Vitamix. You start off strong, but week two of the year strolls around and you find yourself slipping into old habits. That resolution to lose weight in 2016 is once again, becoming a resolution you may not be able to keep. I get it, I've totally been there.
But this year, I'd urge you to try something different. For once in your life, don't resolve to lose weight this year.
Resolve to have fun.
Especially with women, we get lost in this cycle of wanting to be thin - hence the yearly goal to lose some lbs. But why? What do we hope to achieve by becoming thinner? Maybe it's purely because you want to achieve ultimate health. But from the conversations I've had with others, 9 times out of 10 that's not the reason.
Think about it - we are constantly seeing imagery of thin women in advertisements, movies, music videos - and what are they doing? They are having fun. They are traveling. They are popular. They are wanted. They are loved. They are happy. They are confident. They are going on adventures. So innately, we think that in order to have fun, to be joyful - we have to be this man-made version of "thin".
Well, what if we tried to have fun first? Instead of thinking, "Once I'm thin, I will..." Just do it. Go clothes shopping. Take that trip to Paris. Apply for that new job. Go out on a date. Buy a bikini. Get your pictures taken. Take an art class. Go on a run just for fun.
Your weight isn't stopping you. You are.
This year was the first year in probably 8 years that my #1 resolution wasn't to lose weight. Instead, this year my goals were so much more fun: plan an international and domestic trip, embrace the arts again (singing, drawing, creating), read through the Bible, invest in clothing that is timeless and well-edited, mentor younger women, taking classes on online marketing, grow this site and begin to monetize it. My health of course is something I want to pay attention to, but it's a piece to a bigger puzzle. It's not the main focus.
So this year, inject more fun in your lives. Fall back in love with your city. Invest in your friends. Take a cooking class. Ooze joy. Live in the present. That's a much better way to resolve to live your 2016.
And hey, you never know - you may actually lose that weight without even trying.