Is this you?
“Now that Christmas is over, I’m going to eat healthier, but first I need to eat all the junk food and leftovers in the house, so it’s not there to tempt me.”
What was yours last year? How long did that last, one day, two weeks or maybe a month?
Then you feel guilty as hell and so pig out on the first chocolate cake to cross your path. Why do we insist on setting New Year’s resolutions only to fall off the wagon as soon as a friend invites us over for a BBQ or out for dinner?
As for that exercise goal, yep going to get fit!! Buy day four your body is that sore you need a week’s rest, by then another great goal has flown the coop.
Resolutions are defined as a definite action, a firm decision to do or not to do something. Also known as the false hope syndrome, it’s out of alignment with our views of ourselves.
Setting intentions gives you wings to fly, realigns us to be more mindful of our goals and dreams. Intentions are an understanding of what is evident, your energy and thoughts create an energy flow to manifest into your reality.
WE BECOME WHAT WE WANT TO BECOME BY CONSISTENTLY BEING WHAT WE WANT TO BECOME.
INTENTION: I will be more mindful of what I eat.
Eating is a natural activity, we need to eat but in this food-abundant culture, eating is often done in a mindless fashion. Mindful eating is eating with intention.
- Fuel your body by giving it what it needs to nourish and heal.
- Notice the effect food has on your body.
- Keep a food/mood journal as a way to help be more aware about what you’re eating.
- Eat slowly, without distractions, savor every mouthful, taste the food, feel the texture.
- Enjoy your food as it nourishes your body.
- Learn to recognize your hunger clues, are you hungry or thirsty, are you satisfied or full.
- Chose food for enjoyment and nourishment, fuel your body so that you can live the life you crave.
Soon and with practice your focuses will become on why your eating rather than just eating.
A cheese cake is sitting in front of you. You just ate a healthy dinner of chicken and salad. Think about it–are you satisfied? Can you walk away? Or will you feel the need to eat a large slice of cheese cake, devouring it like there is no tomorrow and within 20 minutes feeling so full and uncomfortable?
Or could you just have sliced a little, ate it more slowly and savored each bite, felt the texture, really taste the smooth creaminess, and walked away feeling satisfied?
INTENTION: I will exercise more.
Don’t go out and run 10k and lift weights and then the next day go run another 10k. Your body will just burn out. Your intention is to exercise for fitness not deadness. Small steps add up to further distance along the path.
- Get up from your computer every 15 min and walk, move.
- Dance for 2-3 minutes.
- Put on a favorite song and dance like no one is watching.
- Start out walking/jogging 10 min every other day, build on that, add 5 min every time.
- Try yoga every morning.
- Walk to work.
- Take the stairs.
- 10 push-ups, run 5k or yoga.
- Make a note of what you will achieve, listen to your body.
- Start out laying the ground work for your intention to manifest.
- Focus your mind on what you’re doing, how your feeling, thus increasing your chance of success.
- Explore and find your own exercise routine, there are many paths to the top of the mountain, find one that suits you and that you will enjoy.
Start the New Year With Intentions
Not quick fixes or unrealistic behavior! Fad diets don’t work, you just find yourself craving junk food. Lasting change isn’t a fad, it’s an intention to better for yourself, slowly, mindfully and enjoyable. This helps create long term change and you will find you chose to make healthy behaviors a part of your regular routine.
Grab a journal and start writing down your intentions for this year.
Whether it is losing weight, running a marathon, finding a new job, going for a holiday–whatever your heart desires– just send it out into the universe and watch as your intentions become your realities.
Have a wonderful 2017 everyone. From the blog TEA BREAK.