Resist the Temptation!
It’s that time of year again. That’s right. Resolution time. The New Year. When the gyms are full again. When the media is full of empty promises. When you have to really try hard to avoid it.
I’m not talking about the temptation we usually associate with weight and diets and willpower. I’m talking about the temptation of The Chase. The Chase for the answer. This time. When all of the other times failed. This year will be the year.
Oprah says Weight Watchers will make 2016 the year of her (and your) Best Body Yet. She’s hard to avoid right now. If you have a TV, her commercials are prolific – promising that WW has changed. This time it will be different.
Marie Osmond lost 60 pounds on NutriSystem. Ooh – maybe those processed, packaged, pre-measured foods are the answer. Jenny Craig is being thanked by kids and husbands for the amazing new lives she brought to their moms and wives. Alyssa Milano says Atkins is the answer.
Same story, new year.
And then there are all of the infomercials for the latest and greatest pills, potions, DVDs, workouts, contraptions, equipment – all promising that this one will work. This is better than all of the others. Just look at our success stories! You too can look like me! Just 10 payments of $19.95!
And if all of that isn’t enough, I don’t know about you, but my Facebook feed is full of the latest 21-day, 7-day or 30-day cleanse / detox / clean-eating program / challenge to start the new year off right.
It’s enough to make your head spin.
If it weren’t all so darned tempting, right?
Because deep down you still want to lose weight. It’s frustrating, isn’t it? Not having the answer. And so desperately needing it. Because there just has to be one. Right? Other people have done it. Why not you? Really. Why not you?
I get it. I’ve felt that desperation. That moment when you go to get dressed in the morning and nothing fits. When you step on the scale and can’t believe what it says. When you look in the mirror and don’t know how it got this way.
So now here you are with this plethora of bandwagons rolling out in front of you – and a choice. Which one do you jump on this time? One of them has got to be the answer, right? Because where you are is no longer tolerable.
Wait. Hang on. Breathe. Pause for a moment.
You’ve been here before. You’ve been on this chase. And where did it get you? Right back here, to this moment again. So this is your chance. Your choice. To do it differently. To not join the chase this time. Instead of running after the answer, what if it’s time to stop and look at the question.
What is it that you really want? I’m pretty sure that another 10 or 20 or more years on this treadmill of trying solution after solution only to keep ending up here isn’t it. So. What is it?
How do you want to feel? Who do you want to be? What do you want to be experiencing? Where do you want to be? How do you want to be living? What are your deepest desires? What inspires you? What lights you up? What does your soul crave?
Those are the questions to consider. When you can start there, begin to answer those questions, shape your life around those answers, you can let go of the chase for the empty promises. And begin to move toward a more fulfilled life – at any weight, shape or size.