Ugh. It's January 3. The holidays are over, most of us are getting back to work, and TV and magazines are chock full of weight-loss ads.
I'm very happy that we have DVR so that we can fast-forward through commercials. I think companies prey on vulnerable holiday revelers and make them feel guilty just so they can sell more Special K and Jenny Craig. Notice that by the middle of February those ads are mostly gone, because they know that 90% of people who resolved to lose weight in the coming year have "fallen off the wagon", so to speak. They won't advertise if people are through buying. It's a vicious cycle.
Will we ever stop this seemingly endless yearly ritual of hating ourselves for a month before we realize that dieting doesn't work? As long as there are products to sell that promise quick results, and as long as people buy them, probably not. I say, here's to a year where we all feel better about ourselves in our own way, not the way advertisers want us to. That may mean different things to different people, but in the long run it's up to us to change our attitudes about ourselves. The first step may be to realize that while it's important to be healthy, it's also important to be okay with who we are. If we relax on that issue, the rest will follow. Because really - if we like ourselves, don't we want to treat ourselves with respect? It's the first step to living a long, healthy, happy life - regardless of our pants size. :D