Hiya everyone. Something has been bugging me for a while, I’m talking years, but I’ve never really mentioned it because it seemed to be the norm and I was scared. I’m talking about how so many people have the New Years resolution of losing weight, or more so, that it’s seemed to be forced upon people to lose weight in the New Year.
I get that with the start of a new year, comes the goals and the idea that there couldn’t be a better time for someone to change what they dislike about themselves. And I also get that after Christmas, a holiday that is known for gluttony and treating yaself, the first thing you may want to do is burn off all of that holiday weight. But why? Why is the literal first thing you are expected to do when 1st Janurary comes around? Can’t you just be happy that you enjoyed yourself over the festive season and you may have gained a couple pounds (honestly that’s exaggerated, it’s very rare that you’d actually gain any weight to that degree), but why should that necessary matter?
I truly understand and sympathise with us as a society because we have drilled the idea that you have to be thin to go anywhere in this world, and that’s probably why the resolutions are a thing. We have it ingrained in our minds that if we aren’t a size eight or a small, then we are disgusting and I’m definitely not having a go at anyone who can’t help thinking this way. It’s our fault collectively.
As someone who used to be so obsessed with how much I weighed or what I ate, I think we should fuck off the obligations to make weight loss resolutions this year and after year afterwards. Sure if you want to eat a lot healthier and you know you will be motivated a lot more if you have the New Year there for you, you go for it! But make sure you know you are doing it for you rather than to fit in with the whole New Year rules.
I’m setting myself a goal for New Years to be comfortable in my own skin and learn to love myself a lot more than I have ever done. I think that’s much healthier. I’m not changing myself or altering anything I do other than my mindset. I think this goal is far more worthwhile than losing a few pounds. I hear you think “why?” and that’s simply because this achievement will be a lot harder to alter once it’s set in stone. With weight loss, you may get into the never ending cycle of a “couple of pounds” not being satisfying or they’ll be something else you want to change next year.
So to found off this post today, I’d like to say that you should eat whatever the fuck you want this year. There are no “bad” foods and if a takeaway pizza makes you happy, then you eat that pizza. And finally, if you want to lose weight as a New Years resolution, do it because you want to not because you need to.