Sunday 1 January 2012

Happy New Year - Resolutions?

New Year's Resolutions -  I'm all in favour of setting positive intentions, but I just don't think 1st January is the best time for success.  I've still got a massive box of Thorntons chocolates unopened, a bottle of sparkling wine, plus a lovely raspberry roulade that we started yesterday and I want to enjoy them all.  I don't want to feel a failure by eating them, I don't want to eat them with guilt, I want to experience the pleasure of them all.  So I'm going for moderation not abstaining.  I really don't believe in the all or nothing approach, as you are either starving yourself or over eating. 

Years ago I used to diet and I would literally fast on some days, but on the days I ate I would go mad.  On the run up, to the start of a diet, it would be a time to eat everything you're not going to be allowed to eat, so you would probably get fatter before you even started.  Fortunately in 1994 I read a book that changed my relationship with food and my body for good.  It was called 'The Only Diet There Is' and it was a diet of negative thinking and beliefs.  It teaches you to eat everything with love and to look at the real issues of why you are overeating instead of just trying to use will power to achieve your goal.  You can only keep the will power up so long because the root cause still exists. 

So this year my approach to Christmas was, during December I set lots of positive intentions.  I exercised more than I had been doing.  I made an effort to meditate twice a day, which is transformational in itself.  Believe it or not meditation is the greatest tool to eating healthy, it somehow brings you into alignment with a more naturally healthy you.  I had odd minimalistic eating days when I would just eat fruit in the day then normal eating on an evening.  That helps to stop the overeating becoming a new daily habit. 

So here we are now 1st January, I don't feel my slimmest or healthiest, BUT I've eaten lots of nice things with love and I'm only fractionally heavier because my clothes still fit OK.  So all in all, I'd call it good plan for me.  I shall start weaning off the quantities of chocolate I've been having ready for really healthy eating in February.

I am now offering appointments called 'A New Relationship to Food and Weight' as I believe the key to health, happiness and being our ideal weight lies in letting go of our stress and our past baggage, learning a new positive way of thinking so we can live our life in joy as our natural healthy slender self.

A Happy New Year to you all.  I look forward to seeing you.  An appointment is only a phone call or an e-mail away.  Love Anne xx

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