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The February Advantage: Why Weight Loss Gets Easier after January

Shifting from January's weight loss resolutions to February's Feasible Solutions. Why Your Weight Loss Journey Gets a Boost This Month!

January is full of all the promise of a new year and a fresh start. New Year's resolutions or setting big goals for the year is exciting. But it's all too easy to have unrealistic expectations and think that the latest diet fad, shake or supplement will make all the difference.

Setting Realistic Goals in January

It's all too easy to set unattainable goals with all the new year hype. Even if weight loss goals are sensible, I often see women who don't have a real plan to reach those goals. Simply, saying "I'll just eat less" or "I will stop having crisps with lunch" isn't an actual plan.

The psychological impact of setting crazy goals or not having a solid plan for well-set goals can be massive. Feelings of failure can stop us in our tracks and make too many of us believe that we can't lose weight or feel healthier and more energised with a great diet.

If you've set achievable and sustainable goals this year, I am so very pleased for you! It's an awesome feeling to be on track to reach your healthy weight in 2024.

woman enjoying eating healthy food

Overcoming January Hurdles

After all the Christmas and New Year celebrations, many people find it tough to get back on track with their weight loss goals in January. A relaxed approach to diet in December, reminders of happy times connected with food, and the temptation of comfort food in cold January. Along with the stark contrast between the enjoyment of December and the discipline required for weight loss creates a mental barrier. This all makes us feel that achieving health and fitness goals is more daunting than they really are.

That's why addressing this post-holiday mindset is crucial and developing a positive and sustainable approach to weight loss in January and beyond. Embrace self-compassion and acknowledge that setbacks are not roadblocks but merely detours on the journey to a healthier you. Instead of dwelling on setbacks, view them as opportunities to learn and grow.

By approaching your weight loss journey with a compassionate mindset, you will not only foster resilience but also cultivate a positive relationship with yourself. This will lay the foundation for long-term success. Remember, it's not about perfection but progress, and every step forward, no matter how small, brings you closer to your goals.

Using January as a Learning Experience

If you view January as a learning period, you can look back and decide what works and what doesn't work for you. Goals can be adjusted based on your lifestyle, individual preferences, and needs. It is easier to create a sustainable, long-term plan in February, rather than the quick fix of New Year's resolutions.

February's Weight Loss Advantage

Tablet with quote "Hello February"

February offers a fresh start without the pressure associated with the new year. Leveraging the knowledge you gained in January you can make more informed decisions. Making plans that are actually achievable, rather than ones you randomly thought would work at the beginning of the year.

There are also far fewer Holiday-related temptations and distractions in February. OK, well you might have to navigate Pancake Day and Valentines, but they are just 2 days. Whereas the mince pies start being pushed on you in November!

Consistency Over Intensity

Consistency wins every time. The advantages of having a balanced approach to eating and exercise work. It might not be exciting to begin with, not as exciting as making massive plans in January. But the excitement kicks in when you start seeing real results, rather than failed resolutions.

That's why I support my clients and Nourish Insider members to start with small sustainable changes. Setting goals that stretch without overstretching is a big key to success. Then creating the daily habits and actions to reach those goals. Add to that some accountability from family, friends, groups or a professional and you'll be set to go for the rest of the year!

Realistically if you start at the beginning of February you can tick off some great steps towards your long-term goals by the end of the month. How about finally drinking 8 glasses of water each day, taking a 20-30 minute walk each week day or adding an extra new healthy meal to your weekly shopping list. These changes add up. I know, I stopped having sugar in my tea and coffee 30 years ago, even at 1 cup per day, that's almost 11 thousand teaspoons of sugar I've saved my body from. I won't even begin to count the water I've drank after committing to at least 8 glasses per day!

Start Today

Don't even think about putting your dreams off any longer. There's always something you can do today to get started. Then make some time for yourself and start planning!

If that's something you would like my help with, check out my current one-to-one offers

or join my friendly members-only community, Nourish Insiders

So if you didn't start January with goals, or you need a reset, February is the perfect time to dream big and move forward!

Wishing you much health and happiness




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