7 Things to remember before criticizing your body for the sake of a New Year’s Resolutions

New Year's Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions is definitely some of those traditions that we all love but never really follow them through. As the new decade kicks off, I know we are all ready with the new diaries that we bought over the holidays to pour out our resolutions for the new year. For me, I had to do the “New Year, New Me” post on my Facebook and I am sure you did too! 🙂

Sure, making resolutions can be motivating, but when it comes time to take initiative, judging every inch of your body isn’t the best way to improve yourself. So when you’re crafting the perfect resolution, here’s what you need to really keep in mind.

1. Constantly Criticizing your body does not take away from its beauty.

You can bash yourself all you want for not looking a certain way, but a large portion of the world will see you in a different light. You really are beautiful the way you currently look, and setting a goal for yourself is a way to change how you see yourself. At the end of the day, you body is beautiful regardless of what you think.

2. Social media is not the best indicator of how you achieve your resolution.

Conducting your journey based off what someone posts online is not a good way to complete your resolution. You’re looking at a one-sided perspective of a 24/7 journey that isn’t always pretty, no matter how many filters or inspirational captions are pinned to the posts you see. Your process isn’t going to be perfect, even if social media tells you otherwise.

3. Remember, you are always in control of yourself.

There may be the dark moments when you feel like you aren’t in control of your body or your actions, but at any given moment throughout your resolution process, you are in the front seat. Anything that happens is under your control, and you are in control of every decision that goes into your body’s health.

4. Your body is only as healthy as you allow it to be.

In different wording, you are responsible for your body, so take care of it. You are the combination of your thoughts and your form, so what you put in your body and what activities you do throughout the year are direct causes of the results you are responsible for. So, at the end of the year, when you reach your goal and the resolutions you made, you can safely take credit for all the work you put in.

5. Weight gain or weight loss will always vary from time to time.

Your weight and shape are going to fluctuate at the best and worst times, and some days, you are going to feel like you’ve gotten nowhere. But you have! It’s normal for your body to move up and down regularly, and your goal is to reach a certain weight/shape, not to track the weights and/or shapes along the way.

6. You have the entire year to reach your goal, so don’t rush.

This can be an easy point to forget only because a resolution seems so…final. As if not accomplishing your goal by the end of January means you’ve already failed! Remember: you have 365 days to make an impact on your body and in your life, so taking your time is both okay and even recommended if you want to make the most of your year of change.

7. Your resolutions should be realistic, not impossible.

Is your New Year’s Resolution changing your weight by twenty pounds in a month? Doing two hundred sit-ups every hour? You have to be realistic when it comes to the journey. Your goal is only the final part of the year-long adventure your body and mind are about to take, so your path to the finish line has to steer clear of any self-made obstacles.