This Year, Model Paloma Elsesser Wants You To Ditch The Resolution About Losing Weight

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, let’s be clear: “I’m not trying to lose 5 pounds,” says the plus-size model over the phone from Los Angeles, where she grew up. “Losing weight doesn’t make me feel more confident—knowing I can contribute something does.” It’s a refreshing thought, especially when juxtaposed with what other celebrity role models are currently pushing (see Kim Kardashian West’s new bikini-clad on Instagram for Flat Tummy Co, a shake-based weight loss program whose tagline reads “New Year, New Tummy.”) “Don’t get me wrong,” Elsesser continues, “I believe in eating well and exercising, but I want my focus in the new year to be less on the physical and more on the metaphysical.”

Here, the Fenty Beauty and Pat McGrath muse, who when she starred in Glossier’s Body Hero campaign last year, waxes poetic on ways to expand your energy and mind in 2018. After all, “it’s not rad to only care about your looks, and it’s not cool to not be smart.”

Get Organized
“I overthink things,” says Elsesser. “And because I can’t change who I am, the only way I see getting over that is by being more organized.” Having a firm schedule, not only for work, but also in your personal life, has the ability to keep you from arriving late, appearing frazzled, and, ultimately, “shielding you from more anxiety, which can lead to depression.” Plus, “if I were more organized, I’d get more sleep. I wouldn’t get into bed and start thinking about all the things I have to do tomorrow. Right now, getting into bed and having my head hit the pillow is a very different thing for me.”

Put Down Your Phone
Less phone time at night is a priority for Elsesser. “Not only is the phone super-stimulating, but you never know what will trigger you,” says the model, who cites Instagram and the news as frequent culprits. When at the end of last year, “I read articles late into the night for days on end. . . . It left me feeling powerless right before falling asleep.” The same goes with scrolling Instagram, making mental notes about who is doing what, where, and why, first thing in the morning. “[Social media] is a tricky thing, because it can bring me much happiness and then, without even noticing it, sadness, which can really offset my day.” Instead, she vows to meditate more. “I practice [meditation], but I find that when I need it the most, I don’t do it. So the goal is to incorporate a session before turning to my phone in the morning.”

Try Something New
“I hate the idea of operating out of fear,” says Elsesser. “I want to find a willingness within myself to be uncomfortable.” Her first challenge? Trying barre, the fitness class that burns fat and builds muscle by using the ballet barre for repetitive isometric movements. “I used to think, ‘I’m good at what I do now with my trainer, why would I take a class to repeat one move, 60 times over, while remaining so still I start to shake?’ ” says the model who routinely focuses on high-impact circuit training with Nike trainer Joe Holder. “That question is coming out of fear. And the truth is, I could use a lesson in sitting still.”

Educate Yourself
“In the microcosm in which I live—New York City—it’s not rad to only care about your looks,” says the model who attended the New School for psychology and literature. “It’s not cool to not be smart. It’s not chic, not at all.” Working out four times a week could be a realistic goal, but what if you tweaked that routine to incorporate more time for reading or writing? “I enjoy writing, and when I do it, it helps uphold my confidence, which shines through on a physical level. I realize more and more, I feel better and look better when I know I can contribute something.”

Don't Beat Yourself Up
“I don’t want to become a victim of comparison,” says Elsesser. “I’m not trying to lose 5 or 50 lbs, I’m just trying to be me—but better. I want to continue to eat well and exercise and not tear myself apart. We’re so conditioned into believing by losing weight or looking younger, it means that we’re doing better, and it’s not true. Losing weight has never made me feel more confident.” The goal at the forefront of Elsesser’s mind in 2018? “Learning how we can uplift each other.”

Source : https://www.vogue.com/article/model-paloma-elsesser-body-positivity-size-diversity-plus-size-beautiful-life-hacks-wellness-new-years-resolutions

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