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Invest in Yourself

Every year, Americans invest millions of dollars into the diet industry. In 2012, consider making a true investment in your overall well-being.

With the holidays here and the New Year just around the corner, we are inundated with tips about how to manage our weight during the holidays and ads for weight loss products.  It is said that over 50% of New Year resolutions pertain to weight loss.  A recent blog titled A Year of Dieting states“In the year 2012, Americans will likely spend more than sixty billion dollars on diets.  95% of those diets will result in people being as heavy or heavier than they started, with the medical dangers involved with weight cycling, and having taken the self-esteem hit of trying and failing at a diet.”  The author goes on to discuss the good this amount of money could do for the world.

In 2012, instead of pouring money into an industry that has to include the phrase “results not typical” anytime they suggest that their product might actually work, consider making a true investment in your overall wellbeing.  Instead of spending money on another weight loss program or a gym membership you are likely not going to use, consider these ideas:

  • Clean out your closets. Give or throw away everything that doesn’t fit, is uncomfortable, or that you haven’t worn in years. Fill your closets with beautiful, comfortable clothing in your present size. If you need help, consider hiring a stylist that won’t tell you to lose weight to look good.  They’ll help you find clothes that flatter your body and make you feel great.  Imagine what kind of choices you might make for yourself when you feel so good in the body you have today.
  • Find forms of movement that bring a smile to your face.  Let go of rules about what counts and identify joyful ways to move your body.  Look for dance classes, hiking groups, or other ways to spend your time.
  • Take time on a day you don’t have to work to find a few recipes and make a plan for two or three meals each week.  Buy the ingredients on your day off so when you get home from work, you don’t have to think about what you are going to make.  You can pick the recipe that sounds the best and spend your time making a delicious meal.
  • Make an appointment for a massage, facial or mani/pedi.
  • Take a walk with a friend.
  • Stop weighing yourself. Shift your focus from weight & body fat to healthy behaviors & fitness.
  • Take a class you’ve always been interested in – photography, foreign language, gardening, stained glass making, etc.
  • Seek support.  Consider finding a weekly support group that isn’t focused on dieting and weight loss.
  • Take yourself out to your favorite restaurant for a romantic meal for one.
  • Take a trip to the Chinese or Japanese Gardens and journal/draw.
  • Spend five minutes each morning and evening and write down at least three things you are grateful for.
  • Start an art project.
  • Buy art and gifts that celebrate your body.
  • Plan a trip that you’ve always dreamed of taking.

There are many different ways you invest in your health.  “The scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity. That’s it. It cannot measure beauty, talent, purpose, life force, possibility, strength, or love. Don’t give the scale more power than it has earned. Get off the scale and live your life. You are beautiful!”(From a post on the NEDA Walk page)

So, how might you invest in yourself this year?