Apparently today is the day when we wake up feeling depressed, despondent and hopeless. Today is the day we give up on the diet and all the resolutions we made just 19 days ago to transform ourselves from the human, fallible creature that we were on December the 31st 2014 into the shiny new person we are determined to become in 2015: slim, healthy, fit, successful, fulfilled.
‘New Year, New You’. If there is a Blue Monday, then it’s that’s very notion which is responsible. We are lured into believing that we can and indeed that we should be different, better a newer more attractive version of ourselves in every way. You can be you, but better, really you can, if you try hard enough and turn your life around and do all the things you’ve promised you’ll do every new year for the past 10, 20, 30 years! And it will be like magic – all you have to do is follow this diet, join the gym, sign up to a dating site…
Here at Beyond Chocolate we are not feeling blue. In fact it’s all looking rather rosy today. No more diets, no more deprivation, no more being good no more regimented, punishing exercise regimes or untenable promises.
I can think of a whole host of ways of describing what a Monday morning in mid January is like when we stop dieting and start to approach weight loss and our relationship with food differently; words like normal, manageable, enjoyable, mindful, satisfying, empowering, freeing…
Our programme The Psychology of Weight Loss doesn’t promise a new you. You won’t miraculously, magically, quickly lose weight, tone muscle and you probably won’t look to everyone like an amazing success, from the outside, not in 12 weeks anyway. But what you will know is…
What true hunger feels like
How to respond so that you eat what you need and feel satisfied
How to stop without feeling deprived
What triggers your overeating
How to manage those triggers and all the feelings that come with them
How to eat less without using that ever elusive willpower
How to move your body for health and fitness without giving up a few months in
How to work with your body rather than fighting against it.
And you’ll do that by taking small, doable steps, one day at a time. There is no ‘first day of the rest of your life’. We so desperately want that to be how it is, we so want to believe in the magic and that’s why we come down with a crash on Blue Monday. With The Psychology of Weight Loss Mondays are just like any other day of the week. There is no magic wand… and there is just a little bit of magic, it just doesn’t look the way we thought it would. The magic is in the amazing support you’ll get from this community of warm, friendly, funny, welcoming, encouraging women on the forum. The magic is in the unlimited personal support your trained facilitator, who is there to offer you guidance when you need it. The magic is in re-connecting with what your body has always know and is just waiting to reveal and all you have to do is to ask the right questions. The magic is in embracing principles that are doable and sustainable because they are based on common sense, straight forward concepts that you’ll just know are right the moment you start experimenting.
The real magic lies in the fact that as you know so well, diets get harder and harder to do the longer you try – The Psychology of Weight Loss just gets easier and easier the more you practice.
You’ll wake up one day, look back, and be amazed at how far you’ve come and the magical thing is, it will feel like you weren’t even trying!
So welcome to a Life Beyond diets, beyond broken promises, beyond the desperation of facing yet another year feeling like a failure. This Monday, take a look at The Psychology of Weight Loss and 2015 might just be one Rosy Monday after another.