The Two Questions
"New Year's Resolutions" - cliché, maybe (yes), but whether you call them something else (intentions, lifestyle changes,...), or even if you have these intentions in July, you know the desire to change something about your body or your health. Whether you follow American traditional New Year’s tradition or your intent to change occurs on different timing, there are “two questions” I beg you to ask yourself: 1) Why? (What is your motivation for the change?) …No matter what it is, make sure it's true and worth it to you.
2) Is your goal attainable, and is it sustainable?
If you're reading, you might have expected that I would be offering the newest nutrition recommendation(s) and telling you what to eat in the year 2016! As a nutritionist, I find that is usually what clients want, or think they want. And my answer is usually a letdown: I don’t know, exactly. What I can do is provide guidance, but that guidance is determined by an answer lies within each of you. So much of what is going to help you be healthy and fit depends on YOUR genes, YOUR circumstances, and YOUR preferences. Fundamental guidelines do exist, which I would recommend to anyone – but these are things you’ve probably heard a million times (eat your veggies, drink water throughout the day, balance your meals with whole grains and healthy fats and protein,…). What I really want to emphasize is that your optimal health and fitness are much more involved than knowing the basics, and that is where the “two questions” come in. When you want to make a change in your diet or fitness (fuel best for your intense training, stay lean, build muscle, feel better, etc.), you have to be realistic. We would all love to lose 10 pounds of fat or gain 10 pounds of muscle in one month and keep it that way. But then we are reminded that we are human. We were made to eat (even enjoy food!), and our bodies will let us know when they are not being treated well. If we set unrealistic goals based on what we want to happen, versus what satisfies our bodies and is actually realistic, then we obviously set ourselves up for failure. The feeling of failure equates to low self worth, and that tends to drive us even harder to push for these lofty goals, and then, well, you know… We give up. We may come back to the goals and try again after weeks of the old habits, but we keep “failing” to maintain them. (Why do we keep doing this?!) I believe the answer is simple, some may say unexciting; but if you considered the two questions, then you know what it is.
Set goals that WORK for you, and that you can MAINTAIN, even if they feel small.
I look forward to guiding and watching as each of you uncovers the path to your healthiest self in 2016!
-Kate C. Kirby, MS, RDN, CSSD, RYT-200, yogaleate Owner