The Whole View, Season 3 Ep 41: New Year’s Resolutions w/ Nina Manolson

Welcome Nina Manolson back to the Whole View! This week, Stacy and Nina dive deep into why New Year’s Resolutions fail and how to make ones that are sustainable and satisfying. Nina shares her experience in the Body-Peace® space to help listeners set goals that are achievable and feel good.

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Key Takeaways

Introductions

  • Nina Manolson is a Body-Peace® coach. She helps people end the war with food and body and finally feel truly at home in their body—as it is. What Stacy loves about this is that for so many of TWV listeners, they truly have been fighting a battle of chronic illness, not just about weight. Stacy thinks the work Nina does resonates with so many!
  • Nina is known for her deeply feminist, anti-diet, Body-Peace approach. She brings her 30 years of experience as a therapist, Nationally Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach, Body-Trust® Guide and Psychology of Eating Teacher to helping women create a respectful and trusting relationship with their food and body.
  • Nina’s Body-Peace work is all in service of helping people get off the diet roller coaster and into a compassionate and powerful way of eating & living which creates a positive long-lasting change in and with their bodies. Her courses, coaching and poetry positively change the conversation that women are having with their body. She also writes Body-Poems as a way to encourage a shift in the way we talk to, and about our body.
  • She originally joined us on Episode 10 to discuss body-peace and redefining beauty. On this episode, she’s here to talk about why New Year’s Resolutions fail and how to make ones that last.

New Years Resolutions that Last

  • A reminder of some diet culture facts that may help you when faced with the barrage of “war against yourself” right now when it comes to New Year’s Resolutions. Articles from Scientific America and Slate suggest:
    • Most dieters regain everything they lost and then some within three years 
    • Studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention repeatedly find the lowest mortality rates among people whose body mass index puts them in the “overweight” and “mildly obese” categories. And recent research suggests that losing weight doesn’t actually improve health biomarkers such as blood pressure, fasting glucose, or triglyceride levels for most people.
    • With each diet cycle, research shows metabolic rates are reduced beyond what could be anticipated with a smaller size 
    • Dieting induces a rapid shift in hormone levels that favor increased appetite (and thus weight gain) and does not return to baseline 
  • Stacy loves the concept of Body-Peace, especially as we approach New Years, because THAT is a resolution she can get behind: building in habits of self love and intentionally unlearning everything we’ve been taught to fight and be at war with ourselves. What a gift to give ourselves that freed up mental space for 2023 and beyond! 

Topics Discussed

  • Getting organized is one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions. As a person who loves lists, Excel spreadsheets, cleaning out and organizing, Stacy suggests giving yourself a very specific goal, one that’s realistic. If you have ADHD you likely have “doom piles” all around that cause more harm and stress than good. Give yourself the goal of not just “organizing” a singular pile, but building a habit that prevents it from building again. 
  • Another common resolution for many people it to save money or spend less. Stacy has found great success without it feeling like a daily battle by doing two simple things: Going through all of her family’s account statements for recurring charges that they don’t want or need, and keeping the credit cards in a box at home. Matt takes out cash once a week that he uses for refreshments as needed while working so he can keep better track of how much he’s spending.
  • Reading more is also a common one. Stacy has loved reading so much this year, and she just wrote a blog recap of her favorite books of 2022. She’s also loved hosting her Naughty Book Club as part of her Patreon and invites others to join! 
  • While percentages vary, a generous estimate is that that only half of people who make New Year’s Resolutions will see them through to a “successful” end. Stacy reminds listeners that YOU define success. If you decide to stop your resolution because it isn’t serving you, that IS a win. Listening to your body, leading your life in the direction that is fulfilling, without guilt or shame is one way to respect and honor yourself.

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