It is the last day in December and people all over the world are getting ready to say goodbye to the old year and hello to the new one. With this enthusiastic welcome to 2016 comes hope, excitement and a whole lot of motivation to make their lives better, and why not? Without hope and motivation, not a lot of things would get done and not many changes would happen.
The problem though with trying to lose weight is that it is not a quick result, and quick results are what you need to make these resolutions stick; to witness a difference straight away…a visual change to go with your promise of a new you.
With wanting to lose weight, it is the need of changing the way we look to improve our confidence or health, but it is such a slow process with no immediate visual results that affects our desire of a new ‘us’ and we quickly become disheartened. But there are other things we can change to have immediate results.
My New Year resolutions always involves something I can see immediately, this maybe as something as simple as re-organising my kitchen cupboards or having a big sort out of old clothes and shoes and ditching make-up that has clogged beyond all recognition. Or it could be something as drastic as selling a car and buying a completely different model and colour, or chucking in my notice at work and temping for a while before landing a better job.
Sometimes though, our change needs to involve our physical appearance and instead of weight loss we can start on a more immediate change…our wardrobe. I have already mentioned about clearing out old clothes but how about clearing out the lot and heading down to the high street to buy a whole new wardrobe? And not just for clothes that you would normally wear but a totally different look. I have stuck to a particular style my whole life and have more black clothes than coloureds so I could definitely make that a change. This contributes to the ‘new you’ and provides you with more enthusiasm and happiness to enter another year.
Unfortunately though, unless you’ve received a ton of money for Xmas, this new wardrobe is just as much a reality than a new body…but there is something else you can change that shouldn’t (depending on what you have done) cost a small fortune.
A New Hairstyle
A completely new hair-do is one of the best changes you can make to your appearance and it is more obvious than a new outfit, and even a significant drop in weight…and of course it is instant.
As mentioned in my previous post, I have had many trips to the hairdressers, resulting in some dramatic hair-styles, in fact it is very rare I go for just a ‘trim’, I like to exit feeling and looking very different. I have gone in with brown hair and come out with blonde, turned up with long locks and left with a bob, and I have even turned blonde hair into purple…okay that wasn’t one of my better decisions but it certainly made me feel different!
So if you want to make some resolutions this year, then make one or two of them ones that you can see immediately, even if it is just to change your hair-parting or, if you have long hair, practice doing different style braids like French, fishtail, dutch, milkmaid or upside down French braid.
Wanting to make a change needs a never ending supply of motivation, but seeing yourself differently helps to keep that spark alive and remembering why you wanted to change in the first place.