On The Couch with Di Westaway

Why Your New Year Health Resolution is Bound to Fail!

This month we sat down with Di Westaway (CEO Wild Women On Top Coastrek | Blogger | Speaker | Entrepreneur | Adventurer). With all of her adventures and feats, we thought there's no better person to get some hints on how to stick to your new year health resolution and challenge yourself!

"Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right." Oprah Winfrey


At Xmas time, I’ve usually got about as much discipline as a stoner with the munchies. Two glasses of summer bubbles and I will vacuum the fridge with my tongue. It’s embarrassing. My 80:20 rule of healthy eating becomes 20:80. I binge to bulge. But, often after a big binge, I’m highly pumped be abstemious. When you wake up with that extreme hangover on New Year’s Day, then you remember you also polished off a whole packet of Tim Tams before bed, chances are you’ll be ‘good’ for a day.

So, after the mad stress of Xmas, as you lounge on the sofa, stuffed full of baked ham and pudding, reflecting whimsically about what you’ve accomplished this year and what lies ahead, consider this. If you want to avoid the pain of failure, while it often has subsequent motivational benefits, you might like to try a different tack.

Research shows a whopping 70 percent of us start our new year with the goal of ‘get fit and lose weight”. But 92 percent of us fail.
So we have three options: 1. Don’t make any New Year’s Resolutions, 2. Make easy ones that you can keep or 3. Make them before or after New Year’s Eve so you don’t join the 92 percent who fail. I’ve chosen the latter. I’m not waiting until midnight on December 31st as I teeter around the edge of somebody’s swimming pool like a blind flamingo. I’ve already made my resolutions for 2016 and I can almost taste the sweet sensation of success.

But lose weight and get fit are not on my list.

The truth is, our brains are not wired for pursuing long term goals. Implementation expert (this means he helps corporates get their shit together), Peter Cook, suggests that we’re wired for short-term results. We get our happy hormone, dopamine, from small wins because in our cave dwelling days, the brain was programed simply to survive the day.  Back then we got that happy feeling if we were still alive for dinner. But, with our focus no longer on daily survival, on not being eaten by the tiger, we need another way to motivate ourselves to achieve health goals that matter to us.
We need to think differently if we want to stay healthy and fit. In nature, a strong healthy body was a means to an end: survival. But it was also a by-product of our lifestyle in nature. We got our painkilling happy endorphins after outrunning the beast and our dopamine rush from still being alive at sunset.

But now the tiger is disease: lifestyle diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. This new internal tiger creeps up slowly, insidiously, often silently, over years. Often it’s not till we hit the milestone fifty that we start to think about our own health.

So to trick my brain into action, I’ve chosen an adventure goal. It’s a goal so audacious it feels more like a dream; a dream that will motivate me to get fit, healthy and lean. I’ve signed up to climb the most beautiful mountain in the world, Mt Alpamayo, 5,982m, in Peru in July. And I’m doing it with my friends, so in addition to making my resolution before New Year, I’ve also added an extra ingredient for success: a team.

You might prefer to commit to a Yoga retreat, a trek to Machu Picchu, an endurance hike or sail the Sydney to Hobart. But committing is the first step.

I’m joining four fabulous girls and since I don’t want to be the weakest link, the one who holds everybody up as we lug our packs up the mountain, I’ll train hard. There’s no way I’m going to let the team down by for the sake of a little too much Pavlova and prawns.

If we use big adventure goals or team fitness challenges to push us into exercise, to mimic the mechanism of our ancestors where strength, speed and agility were a means to an end, we will be more in synch with our origins.  A healthy lifestyle, which keeps us young, will become achievable.

New year new YOU! A goal you can stick to in 2016

Don’t be a statistic – be realistic! You can do this!

The Sydney Coastrek team will help you achieve your goal by:

Wellbeing, Womens Adventures

Comment (0)

Your comment will be visible after the administrator's approval.







b i u quote


Save Comment
Join Newsletter
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/ADS.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Adventures South"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Adventure South</div>
Adventure South NZ is unrivalled in their geographic coverage, originality and overall quality of adventures holidays in New Zealand. Choose from walking, cycling, winter or multi-activity holidays, on either the North or South Island.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/AWH.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Australian Walking Holidays"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Australian Walking Holidays</div>
Australian Walking Holidays specialises in small group guided walking adventures. Since 1982 we have been guiding small groups of travellers on Australia's finest walks across our tropical, coastal or red centre landscapes.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/GCT.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Great Canadian Trails"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Great Canadian Trails</div>
Great Canadian Trails specialises in active holidays in Canada. With both guided and supported self-guided options available, our unique itineraries draw upon some of Canada's most inspiring parks, trails and landscapes from coast to coast.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/HUM.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Humac Challenge"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Huma Charity Challenge</div>
Huma enables those with adventurous spirits to challenge themselves and make a difference for a cause close to their heart. Travel, fundraise and meet life-long friends on one of Huma's meaningful and unique challenges around the world.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/SHX.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Sherpa Expeditions"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Sherpa Expeditions</div>
Sherpa Expeditions is a specialist in self guided and guided walking and cycling holidays in the United Kingdom and Europe. Detailed route notes provide a definite guide to places in Europe for active walkers and cyclists.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/TAS.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Tasmania Expeditions"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Tasmanian Expeditions</div>
Tasmanian Expeditions is the most experienced operator of treks and adventure travel holidays in Tasmania. We own and operate the most comprehensive range of adventure holidays available across Tasmania's varied landscapes.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/UTX-new.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Utracks"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>UTracks</div>
UTracks are the active European holiday specialists. Whether you prefer cycling or walking, 2-star or 4-star, small groups or self guided, land, river or sea – UTracks can help you to explore Europe exactly the way you want.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WYA.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="World Youth Adventures"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>World Youth Adventures</div>
World Youth Adventures is our specialist division dedicated to organising tailor made overseas school group adventures. Specialists in Service Learning projects, choose from more destinations than any other school group provider.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/YOM.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Yomads"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Yomads</div>
Yomads offers adventures for the 20s and 30s on six continents. Designed as a way to bring young and likeminded travellers together, Yomads caters to those interested in lightly structured and active trips that allow freedom to roam and explore.