New Year’s Resolutions were invented by people who felt guilty for not dieting, or for overindulging, during the holidays. I’m sure of it. But here’s the thing: to this day I have never been on a diet and you don’t have to be either. Those of us on lifestyle eating plans do not hesitate to have the extra cookie or slice of pie, the candy from our kids’ stockings or the extra cup of eggnog.
The joy of the new year is that we get to start fresh, without the guilt. Without the guilt?! Yes, that’s right. No guilt. You overindulged, you treated yourself, you partook. Call it what you want, but the bottom line is that burying yourself in guilt now for what you did over the holidays will make no difference to your progress now. In fact, it could be counterproductive.
So go ahead, start fresh, encourage your clients to do the same. But no guilt, please. Because nobody needs to be on a diet ever again.