It’s about that time of year when most New Year resolutions start to falter, if they haven’t gone by the board already.
What’s Stopping You?
One of the problems of course is that January is not a good time to join a gym to get fit, or start a diet to get rid of the excess weight we’ve put on gradually over the past couple of months.
It’s those still dark evenings, the cold, rain or snow that makes us decide that we’ll give this one trip to the gym a miss, but definitely go next week.
Or It’s cold and wet out there and I just fancy sitting in the warm in front of the ‘telly’ and having a nice meal of my favourite warming/comfort, etc. food. I’ll get back on the diet tomorrow when I feel more like it.
Then there’s the SAD factor. Especially for those living in the north with it’s much shorter periods of winter daylight! This can easily undermine our motivation too.
As for this year being the year I definitely stop smoking. Well, “I’ll start properly tomorrow and anyway. If I stop now, I’m sure to put on weight aren’t I?”
Life’s not fair is it when these challenges come at a time we’re least equipped emotionally to deal with them? And therein lies the nub of the issue. We’re programmed to make resolutions on 1st January, possibly the most unpleasant time of year. Then we’re bombarded with offers and exhortations to join this fitness club or that slimming group. The Sunday supplements are full of post Christmas diets and detox programmes that make us feel we’re the odd ones for not joining in. And finally, the television adverts and magazines are promoting holidays, featuring young(ish) and fit, lean people to make us feel totally inadequate and out of shape.
What’s Wrong With This Strategy?
Going on the crash diet or keep fit boot camp a few weeks before is no good (unless you’re a masochist). Losing too much weight too fast can have undesirable consequences. Skin takes a while to ‘shrink’ to fit a slimmer frame and loose folds or ‘bat wings’ are not what you want on the beach.
When Is the Best Time?
There is a Chines proverb that goes “The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago, the second best time is now.”. While we may still need some of that fat to insulate us through the rest of winter, we should now be thinking of cutting back the calories and starting the slow burn-off towards Spring. Maybe beginning a gentle exercise programme that will work up as our bodies shake off the winter lethargy and stiffness will start us off.
These should progress at a measured pace towards feeling and looking good by the time summer comes and we want to wear summer clothes and swimwear with relative confidence.
If your aim is to stop smoking and you haven’t already stopped, now is also a good time to stop smoking too. Give your lungs time to start clearing, your complexion to start improving and to start feeling fitter and more in control as you stop cigarettes controlling your life.
If all this seems overwhelming, then remember that “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” – Albert Einstein.
While our conscious minds know what we should do, it is our subconscious minds that are running our internal programs and the science behind this is probably best left to another time. So, we need to change the mindset that got us to where we are. If you feel unable to do that alone and you’re serious about improving yourself, it’s probably time to get some help.
Hypnotherapy, NLP or EFT are probably the most suitable ways to address the subconscious issues and emotional drivers that stop you losing weight. They can also help with minimising side-effects and increasing motivation (including motivation to exercise).
Of course, you can go some way to improving your chances by taking a few basic steps before you start. I have written a handy guide and checklist called The 4 Cornerstones of Successful Weight Loss.
You can get your free copy by clicking on the image below. You can also book a free, no obligation Clarification Call with me at the same time.
If stopping smoking is your aim, I can help with that too. At the time of writing, a packet of 20 cigarettes costs around £10. Count up how much you spend a month on top of the cost to your health and life expectancy. Suddenly the cost of hypnotherapy pales in comparison. I can help stop smoking too.
Remember, you don’t have to do this alone, pick up the phone.
I wish you success and if I can help, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Mike Rogers, Clinical Hypnotherapist
Step2Change Hypnotherapy, Edinburgh