I had a different post planned for today about my 2013 resolutions. No worries, I will be posting that tomorrow. However, seeing all the diet commercials on TV and all the talk about starting a diet on January 1st is making me a bit batty. Then this amazingly, beautiful person on the inside and out (my Mom) told me to watch “Hungry For Change” on Netflix. 

 

I think I fell I love with a movie. Is that possible? I have done a lot of research on similar topics in the past, but this movie puts everything together when it comes to making a major lifestyle change.

 

Stop dieting. It will make you crazy and unhealthy. Start living. You will be confident and glow. Here are a few resources to get you started: 

 

Hungry For Change. First and foremost, watch this. Absorb it all. Visit their store to purchase even more information. As I mentioned above, it is available on Netflix. I guarantee this movie will inspire you. At the very least you will stop drinking diet soda and eating pre-packaged blueberry muffins instantly. 

 

Intuitive Eating. This is the book that first made me realize I had it all wrong. Erica, from EricaDHouse.com became inspired from this book as well and became certified as an intuitive eating coach. If you’re not a reader, watch her video. Her story is truly inspirational. When you give yourself permission to eat whatever you want, you’ll be surprised at what food you don’t actually like. I found that I don’t really like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I KNOW. 

 

Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance. If you can’t accept/love yourself for exactly the way you are now then you will never achieve any of your goals. 

 

Affirmations. This is just one site, but there are lots of sites like these. You need to be your biggest supporter and talk to yourself nicely. Affirmations seem silly in the beginning, and that’s okay. Giggle a little, but then push yourself through it. You need to do them a few times a day for at least a month before they start making an impact. 

 

Therapy. You see your family doctor for your body, this is a check up for your mind and soul. I don’t have a link for this, you just need to Google offices near you. Call around and compare office hours to see which ones work best for your schedule. 

 

The Power Of Now by Eckhard Tolle. I will say this is a hard concept to grasp and can be difficult to read. It is not a page turner. However, what helped me get through the book was listening to a podcast where Oprah interviewed Eckhard. That was back in 2008 and I haven’t been able to locate it. He has a few other podcasts that help explain living in the now. 

 

Guided Meditation. This is really personal preference. I really like Kelly Howell, search her on iTunes, but voices are subjective. So listen to a few samples on iTunes and find which one works best for you. 

 

It’s only January 1st, its not too late to take back your resolution and make a new one. I challenge you to do some self-reflection and adjust along the way. Any day, not just today is a great day to start improving yourself. Happy New Year!