“Reality Check” is an article series which looks at common mistakes people make when they begin dieting for weight loss. We’ll check out some ‘thought adjustments’ that will help you make better choices on your journey. The articles include tips, new ideas to try, strategies to follow, and encouragement to keep you moving forward.

New Year’s (every) day

“I had planned to get my diet going this year, but we’re halfway through January and I haven’t started yet. I guess it’ll have to wait for next month, or next year…”  

Sound familiar?

The reality of ‘new year’ is that it marks the first day of a calendar that signals the end of one trip around the sun, and the beginning of the next one. Sounds obvious right?

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What if we decided that the 1st January was not the first day of the year? What if it was moved to the 27th of September instead? Would anything change? Nope. Except we’d all make our resolutions on that date instead. The earth still completes its rotation around the sun in the same amount of time.

If you can make your way through that logic path, then what you have to accept is that EVERY new day is the first day of a new year. That means that if you missed your starting day today, moving it to tomorrow is your first, and best, option. Waiting until next year, next month, or next Monday is just an excuse, and that’s no good.

Seize the moment, seize TODAY. What day of the year it is means NOTHING. Just start.


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