Changing A Habit Of A Lifetime

December 31, 2017

I seriously love the New Year. Not New Years Eve, but the start of a new year.


A fresh start, a clean slate, a do-over from last year’s mistakes, stumbles and the goals I started and lost interest or motivation for.


But I have noticed in recent years that as life changes and gets busier, finding the time and commitment to achieve my goals has become more challenging.


So I decided to review the last 11 years of my goals and see which ones I have achieved, which ones I discarded and which ones (if any) I want to refocus on. And I was SHOCKED. Not because I saw the innocence of my twenty-something year old self (I will pay off that debt, I will respond to emails quicker!). 

But because every single year included a goal to lose or maintain an arbitrary number of kilos I defined at some point in my early twenties. Which means for most of my adult life, I have wanted to change the body I live in.


And I can guarantee you, I am not alone. In my article in September on Body Image, I talked about the alarming high percentage of Australian women who are dissatisfied with their bodies.


All of this got me thinking so I sat down to watch the film “Embrace”, an Australian documentary about body image. After 25mins, I stopped the recording and asked my husband to watch it with me, because I really believe body image issues are not just a woman’s issue. It is the responsibility of all of us to change it.


In 2018, I will be on a mission to contribute to this positive body image movement. Which for me begins with instead of a target weight on my annual goals, I am simply changing it to “love my body”. 


If negative body image is something you struggle with, I hope you will join me and make your 2018 a year of growth.




Cressida Bell Counselling – Anxiety Specialist with a particular interest in perinatal mental health, body image and relationship issues.


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