It’s that time of year where we get bombarded with articles about weight loss. The do’s and don’ts and should-do’s and musts and you’re-doing-it-wrong type articles. Ads on TV are for weight loss products and work-out videos and the easiest way to lose weight, like 36-second abs and miracle diet drinks. Everywhere you look right now all you see is everything about How-to be a better You. And let’s not forget every second post on Facebook is most likely of friends posting about resolutions, discussing what they resolved to cut out, or change or worse, just how much they have achieved in an apparent four days.
I am not writing this to bring you down anymore then you may or may not be feeling, I am writing this to simply tell you to step the F*#K away from the computer. Stop paying attention to commercials, reading weight-loss articles and feeling bad about your friend’s Facebook posts. If there is one thing you can do for yourself this year, and yes, admittedly this is my own personal resolution, is to declutter your brain. Declutter it of the pressure from advertisements and social media. Clear your brain of it’s own negative thoughts.
I mean, how are we, as normal human beings, supposed to separate the true from the deceitful. Fruit is good. Fruit is bad. Carbs are good. Carbs are bad. Don’t do cardio after 40, do cardio to lose weight. In my newsfeed this morning alone, I came across this list of articles. “4 Foods Surgeons Are Now Calling “Death Foods””, “This one ingredient is making a lot of Americans fat”, “An exercise scientist reveals the fastest, most significant way to lose weight with minimal effort,” “I followed my son’s miracle diet — and lost 63 pounds”, “6 Ways You Are Screwing Up Your Salad.”
Seriously, I am now screwing up my salad?
We all want to lose a little weight, maybe eat a little less sugar, drink a little less alcohol, eat more greens and maybe try to be an overall happier version of ourselves. I mean, who doesn’t? No one wants to be a sloppy curmudgeon. But if we give in too much to what we read and see it will start to become a huge negative weight on us and we’re already pretty sensitive as it is this time of year. Are we not?
Cut yourself some slack and think about what you achieved today. What worked for you today and what made you happy today. Then see how you can apply that to tomorrow. It is just too damn easy to get caught up in the clutter and forget the simplicity of what is. Your journey is just that, YOUR journey and you need to do what works best for you and then have gratitude in what YOU achieved. Do not compare, do not fret and do not forget that this is your journey and your journey alone.