We survived the holiday crush and now itâ€™s the time of year when weâ€™re bombarded by pressure to â€œnew year, new you.â€ Dodging diet commercials, â€œflab to fabâ€ fads and judgement from family, friends, and ourselves can make for a rough start to a new year.
Hating yourself is the â€œNew Year, New Youâ€ trend, but it doesnâ€™t have to be. This year, letâ€™s break the cycle of self loathing. After all, the $64 billion-a-year U.S. weight loss industry> has a 95% failure rate. So letâ€™s actually try something new for the new year.
10 Body Positive Resolutions for the New Year
- I will value how I feel over how I look. I promise to feed myself food that nourishes and delights me. I promise to move my body in ways that feel good instead of punishing it.
- I will make fitness goals that have nothing to do with appearance. Instead, I will focus on achievements like running my fastest mile, benching my heaviest weight, etc. I will honor my body and my mind with achievable goals based in love and intention.
- I will honor my bodyâ€™s need to rest and relax, and encourage others to do the same.
- I will stop using false morality around food. Foods are not naughty or sinful, and my enjoyment need not be either. I will eat when I feel hungry, and I will feed my thighs well.
- I will remove numbers-based judgement from my life. Neither my dress size, weight, or measurements have anything to do with my self worth. I am worth so much more and I deserve so much better than that.
- I will find a wardrobe that makes me feel amazing. I will not fall into the consumerism trap of more is more, instead I will focus on finding my favorite outfits, and I will remove clothing that doesnâ€™t fit or make me feel good. I will make my wardrobe work for me, and I will wear whatever the fuck I want.
- I will stay alert for fast fads and tricks. I will remember that every ad has professional lighting, makeup and hair and Photoshop. Not even super models look like super models most days. Even though I canâ€™t stop advertising from happening to me, I can and will recognize that itâ€™s not real or realistic.
- I will find a support system that builds me up. I am not an island, and I know that I need friends and they need me. I promise to make myself accountable to building up my friends and I will trust them to do the same. I also promise to share compliments that are unrelated to looks.
- I will point out body shaming and distance myself from it. I will hold myself and those around me to a higher standard of body talk. I will not allow others to talk negatively about their own bodies or anyone elseâ€™s. I will carry that attitude into my own self talk.
- I will not let my weight be a qualifier for starting something new. I will take that fun fitness class now, not â€œwhen I lose X pounds.â€ I will live my best life in my body as it is.
I love you and am rooting for you. Happy New Year!