103: Why new year’s resolutions to improve your pcos don’t work — and what to do instead to reach your goals

Ah yes, it’s that time of year again. Christmas was a few days ago and you splashed out on all of the delicious food and drink that covered the table this year. You probably also spent half the day snoozing on the couch due to the food coma that quickly follows Christmas lunch (we’ve all been there). And now that all of the Christmas festivities are over, you’re thinking about the fact that the new year is literally around the corner and what you can do to improve your PCOS in the coming year.

“What goals am I setting for myself this year?”

“I need to get into it come January 1st, so I start this new year on the right foot”

“This will be the year I finally get on top of XYZ”

“I’m not going to fall off the wagon after January”

While the intentions are absolutely spot on with these statements — improve yourself, your PCOS and your health, make positive change, wanting to be consistent — the approach isn’t actually the best for sustainable habit change.

So before the whole ‘New Year, New Me’ hoopla starts up again, Emma and I have jumped on the (podcasting) tools to chat all things New Year’s resolutions in the context of improving your PCOS and making lifestyle changes. We talk all about the main problems people face with setting goals for improving their PCOS and solutions to these problems so you can make an impactful, sustainable change this year to your PCOS — without the restriction and berating yourself for ‘falling off the wagon’.

This episode is for you if:

  • You’re wanting to get on top of your PCOS but you’re not sure where to start
  • You are currently setting your goals and intentions for the new year
  • You’re after sustainable changes that aren’t too difficult to implement
  • New Year’s resolutions never seem to work for you
  • Actually implementing changes and habits is the hardest part for you

Some things we cover in this episode:

  • Trying to change everything at once (and why it’s not the smartest option)
  • Starting with a habit that’s too big
  • Seeking a result, not a ritual
  • Setting an “avoidance” goal
  • Assuming small changes don’t add up
  • Not choosing the right action to get the outcome you want
  • Celebrating small victories

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