2019 was the year I became aware of terms like body positivity, body neutrality, body acceptance, and intuitive eating. I became an avid follower of accounts on Instagram and YouTube that push back against diet culture and crazy beauty standards.
And it’s time for me to move from follower to doer. I don’t know if the resolutions below will help me finally love my body and make peace with food, but what I *do* know is that the weight-loss/”toning up” resolutions I’ve made in the past have NOT made me happier in my own skin.
Over the past year, I’ve slowly given up on believing the “high” I used to get from the restriction phase. And I finally understood that whenever I restricted, the pendulum would always, eventually swing back the other way, to the free-for-all/bingeing part of the cycle.
Now that I’ve finally broken free from the restrict-binge cycle (YAY!), I’m ready to take on some new goals. So here are my 10 body acceptance and anti-diet New Year’s resolutions for 2020. I hope you find some inspiration for your own body acceptance journey!
- I will not track or restrict calories.
- I will not eliminate food groups.
- I will not fast or follow rigid feed/fast schedules.
- I will not track or hack macros. (I can think about roughly how much protein I’d like to get in a day, because powerlifting, but I will not obsess over it, because in the long run that always backfires.)
- I will not have “cheat days” or “cheat meals” because I don’t want to feel like it’s “now or never” with certain foods.
- I will not weigh myself. (One area this might become challenging in is if I decide to try a powerlifting meet. There are weight classes in meets. I don’t know how I would navigate that one yet.)
- I will not measure myself. I don’t do this often, and when I do it’s usually in my low moments. And does measuring improve those low moments? NO. Never. So why?
- I will not take “before” shots or “progress” photos, or think of my body as a “before” body or “work in progress” body. I will just think of my body as “alive.” And “human.” (Radical, I know.)
- I will stop waiting to feel like my body is good enough. Whose permission am I waiting for, anyway?
- I will stop believing the bad things I think about my body.
Above all, I will not be cruel to myself if I struggle or stumble with these resolutions. Perfection is not the goal. Aiming for 100% adherence and then berating myself when I have a hard day or week goes completely against the point of these resolutions, which is to feel BETTER about myself, not worse.
If I can get to body neutral, I will count that as a big success. If I can get to body acceptance, even better. Every step forward is one step closer to body love.
Do you have any anti-diet or body acceptance New Year’s resolutions for 2020
I’d love to hear them!