A New Year Challenge

I must admit, three years ago, I started the New Year challenge for my own selfish reasons. After the holidays, I always came back from Cape Town having eaten too much candy. I had never thought about how fattening the sugar in candy was. In South Africa, like in America, there is an endless supply of different packets of pure sugar and simple carbohydrates: Swedish Fish, Jelly Beans, the list goes on and on. And not only are those sweet candies fattening, but they also leave you feeling sleepy and lethargic. Drinking is another important part of the holidays and, as we know, alcohol is more fattening per gram than anything else.
So, what amazed me the first year we did the challenge, and I cut out all sugar and alcohol for two weeks, was how much weight I lost.
Now, three years later, I’m excited about the challenge, not so much for myself, but I’m excited to encourage more and more people to participate. This challenge is short. I’m not asking you to do it for the rest of the year. I’m not asking you to do it for the rest of your life. I’m asking you to come along with us, from January 6th to January 18th. Those twelve days, I tell my clients, can make such a difference. Shake things up. Give your body a change.
So many people go on a diet for five days, three days, one day, and they give it up. They say, “It’s not working.” First of all, don’t look at it as a diet. Look at it as a way of finding out what makes your body feel and look better.
Everyone is always on the quest for the holy-grail of weight loss. Yesterday, it was John’s Diet and tomorrow it’s Peter’s training plan, and Susie is a great trainer that you met in LA and she’s got the answer, and on and on. And you know what? They all have great things to say, but at the end of the day, you have to find what works for you.
I know the Browning Method works. I have seen the results we get from it. And that is why I’m excited for the challenge, so as many people as possible can see the same results that I did.
I recently asked a client, “Are you going to do the New Year’s Challenge?” And she immediately said, “No. I don’t need to lose weight. That’s not what I want to be doing. I don’t need to. I eat so healthy anyways.” And so, I kept my mouth shut, I didn’t say anything. It was 5 o’clock in the morning, after all. And I thought about it later, and I thought to myself, I understand: her life is challenging. She wakes up early, she has a very challenging job, she does her best to be healthy. But you know what? It’s a short time. It’s kind of fun, to give yourself that challenge. And, hey, what do you have to lose?
So I wondered, what was it about her, and all those people I will ask to do the challenge and who will immediately say no? Why would they not just give it a try? And to find the answers to those questions, we need to look within ourselves. What is it about yourself that doesn’t want to do that little extra workout, that doesn’t want to make that little extra effort to give something up, that doesn’t want to make those changes?
Try it out. Shake things up. Maybe you will find something that can change your life. And without trying something new, you won’t have the perspective to see if there is something that perhaps you’re consuming too much of. You won’t be able to see if your workout plan is maybe too much of one thing and not enough of another. Give yourself the chance this year to make changes.