So it’s the end of another year and you might be thinking about making some big ol’ changes in your life. Maybe you’re setting some resolutions for yourself.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to start hating on New Year’s Resolutions. If they work for you, that’s fantastic. If they don’t, it’s OK! They’re not for everyone, and there’s nothing wrong with you if you can’t follow through with them!

Whether resolutions are your thing or not, I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of the advertising we get hit with this time of year, both on TV and on social media, that are talking about getting fit, getting ripped, getting “back on the wagon.”

Have you heard these?

  • A year from now, you’ll be sad you didn’t start today. (Usually shown with some “perfect” body.)
  • Someone busier than you is working out right now. (Well, good for them!)
  • You can have results, or you can have excuses. (This one makes me want to punch someone in the throat!)

Quite frankly, I’m sick of seeing the diet and fitness industry using guilt as motivation for us to change ourselves. Implying that being strong and fit makes us more worthy humans. That if we don’t bust our asses in the gym or eat clean that we’re lazy and we “just don’t want it bad enough.”

It’s all a damn lie.

I fell prey to it for years. I did the intense workouts. I felt guilty for not going when I was too tired and my body already hurt. I let a “coach” tell me to eat less than I was already eating, and to consume primarily low and non-fat foods in order to lose weight. I even counted how many almonds I was eating! I let them treat me like I just wasn’t trying hard enough, even though it was dictating every decision I made!

It’s time we stopped listening to an industry that continues to make us feel like shit about ourselves.

The truth is:

  • You’re not broken or weak.
  • Your size, what you eat, and how much exercise you get does not define you, or make you more or less worthy.
  • You’re beautiful, just the way you are.
  • You are loved.

So what can we do differently?

We can approach what we put into our bodies and what we put our bodies through from a place of love.

We can think about nourishing our bodies to thrive, instead of depriving our bodies in order to fit into that old pair of skinny jeans.

We can stop counting points, calories, and how many damn almonds we’re eating!

It’s exhausting to constantly focus on what we “can’t have” and micro-managing every food we put in our mouth. Where’s the joy in that life?

Wouldn’t it be great to not have to count or weigh our food ever again?

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to listen to our bodies and give it what it’s actually asking for?

Wouldn’t it be great to freely eat the foods we’ve been told to avoid for decades? And do it FOR our health? Without guilt?

You deserve to feel good. You deserve to show up each day as your awesome, vibrant self and kick some ass!

OK, deep breath…

I have one final question I’d love for you to think about. What would be possible in your life if you approached what you ate from a place of love and nourishment? If you’re open to sharing, please comment below!

I’d love to help you discover what could be possible for you! Join me for a free health strategy session, by scheduling one here. We’ll get crystal clear on what could be standing in the way of your dreams for a healthier you, and how you can bust through to get there!