So you want a diet that you don’t have to wait til January 1 to start?
I have one I think you’ll absolutely love.
Where you can still enjoy all of your Christmas treats, attend every holiday party, and participate in all sorts of cookies changes… and it will not throw you off this diet.
In fact, this diet is the number one lifestyle change I think almost everyone should do BEFORE the mad dash towards New Year’s resolutions begins.
Before cutting carbs.
Before signing up for a gym.
Before redoing your family budget for meal planning.
Yes, well before any of that — here’s the diet to start with:
Go through all your social media and DELETE anybody is going to criticize you or judge you for making healthy lifestyle choices or changes come January 1.
Yup. That’s the diet.
Friend or Frenemy?
Start your 2017 Slimdown early by getting rid of the judgey bitches.
By saying, “Peace-the-Eff-Out!” to the haters, the shamers, and the pull-you-down folks…
Clear out your social pantries of people who only want to sell you things, or pop up to say, “Hi, how’s it going?” as a rouse to get some dirt and gossip.
We all have that one
“friend” frenemy don’t we?
Hit UNFRIEND on the negativity mongers and keyboard ninjas who share every article of human atrocity, but won’t give up an afternoon to help their neighbor.
Or the person is so busy calling you a Basic Bitch for your PSL that they totally missed you purchasing one for the person behind you.
That’s the diet I think we could all use this holiday season.
Support is a Key to Success!
If you were to walk into my office, you’d see a sign that says “Live Your Truth” — what does that mean? It means being your authentic self and building your networks around people who love, like and respect you for who you are.
We already know from research that social support is a really important component in determining success in achieving our goals. It’s a conversation I have with just about every counseling client I see.
And it’s no surprise that social media has becoming an important tool for connecting with others. So if you need to hide your truth — your good, healthy, proactive truth — from people on your friends/social media list(s):
- You might be doing yourself and your goals a massive disservice.
- I think you need to reacquaint yourself the word “friend.” What it means. And what it doesn’t mean.
The Diet in 4 Easy Steps
Seriously you guys, Facebook makes this diet so easy!
- Just go to your friend’s (term applied loosely) profile on your phone.
- Find the little icon that says “Friends” in the left hand corner underneath their profile picture
- Tap on it
- Then, as seen in the picture below, just tap “Unfriend”
Boom! I feel lighter already…
But… E.J.! I have people in my life who are precisely those judgey people you’re talking about, but I can’t get rid of them. (Okay, I could but for whatever reason I’m not going to.)
Yes, yes… believe me, I get it. Sometimes those same people are your family, or even useful work contacts. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.
Facebook has a lovely feature where you can organize people by adding them to a list. One of the lists that you set is for people that don’t need to be seeing your posts.
It’s called Restricted — and the only things they can see are the things you post publicly.
To add someone to your Restricted list, tap the friend icon again, but this time, instead of hitting “Unfriend”, tap on “Edit Friend List”.
From there, you can add the person to your Restricted list by tapping on the word “Restricted”.
This means that while they still show up as a “Friend” in your feed, they will only be able to see the posts you share publicly. (And no, Facebook does not notify your friend when you add them to a list.)
So pour yourself a glass of nog, wine, or cocoa and get to work.
Let Me Know
So what do you think of this diet for the holiday season? Will you be making any changes to your friend’s list? If you’ve already done so, how do you feel? I want to hear all about it.
Sharing is Caring
Do you know someone who could really use reading this right about now? Be a friend — a real friend — and share it with them. Let them know that you support their healthy goals! Maybe even team up?
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