When December 31st rolled around, I intended to write a blog post about my New Year’s resolutions and what I hope to accomplish in 2012.
Then I lost momentum for it.
Being bombarded with weight loss options on all media fronts at this time of year has left me irritated and disheartened. Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig, Lipozene, Alli ~ all these weight-loss companies permeating the television, radio and magazine advertisements. There is little respite from the madness, no matter where you turn. And too many people fall into the hype.
“I’ve got to lose weight.”
“I put on too many pounds during the holidays.”
“I’m a fat pig.”
” Jennifer Hudson and Janet Jackson and Marie Osmond all look so fabulous.”
” It’s my resolution every year to lose weight ,and this year I’m going to succeed!”
A good friend of mine revealed that when she was in 2nd grade, her teacher asked the students to share what their New Year’s resolutions were. Although she was not overweight, she quickly answered, “To go on a diet!” At the time, she couldn’t figure out why her classmates laughed ~ she was merely repeating what she thought everyone resolved to do at the beginning of the year.
“Lose weight, lose weight, lose weight!”
It is ingrained in us, year after year, like an incessant neon sign.
Here’s what I think should be ingrained in us:
Improve yourself, as a human being, with compassion, positive thinking and opportunities to impact and contribute to the world.
Certainly, being healthy is extremely important. But fretting over how many pounds are on the scale…? Counter-productive.
Recently, I read a fat-acceptance blog post about one woman’s resolution to be absolutely fat in 2012: fat everywhere, all of the time, in everyone’s face, whether they like it or not. The concept possesses some merit where body acceptance is concerned, but it misses the mark, swinging too much in the opposite direction.
Why must we be absolutely fat or absolutely thin?
Why can’t we just be absolutely brilliant, beautiful and captivating as we are?
Resolutions be damned, people.
* Be extraordinary where you’re at *