Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

^^^ Look at that date....

January 1, 2015.  WOW!  Just let that sink in.  It's hard to believe another year has come and gone.

For me, 2014 was filled with heartache and grief, as I mentioned in this post, joy as my good friends' welcomed their first born that I adore and even picture, and amazing opportunity as I shared here.  So much to be thankful for and so much to miss.

Last night at dinner Michael asked me what I hoped for in 2015 - "It's ok to be corny" he said.  But the sad reality is that 2014 has been so busy that I hadn't sat down to think about what I hope to accomplish in the new year.  I know I want to be more organized (I am ditching the iCalendar and going back to good ol' paper and pencil), I want to devote more time to my relationship and still maintain my health, and I want to educate the world about healthy choices and the benefits of a healthy diet and balanced activity.  But how am I going to do that?!

I no longer subscribe to the theory of "New Year's Resolutions" as I've seen too many broken to be a believer.  However,  I do believe January 1 is a time to reflect on the past year, hope for a better next year and make a statement and a true lifestyle change.

Instead of resolving to "lose 10 pounds", make the statement that you are going to become more active or start eating a clean, healthy diet.  Active means doing things you like - whether its walking, hiking, taking a group fitness classes, hula-hooping, dancing; find your thing and get to it.

Don't resolve to "read 20 books this year", instead develop a new morning or bedtime ritual, devoting enough time for a chapter or two over coffee as you wake up or with a nice glass of herbal tea before you turn in for the night.  Or maybe a lunchtime habit works better for you - one that will get you away from your desk and lost in another world during the hustle and bustle of the day?

Before you know it, you'll not only have hit your goal, but you'll have developed a sustainable lifestyle change that will keep you healthy and feeling great always.  We know when we've failed in the past and when we've succeeded - it's a time to buck the trends and do what works for you.

We're all a work in progress, and as for today, well I am excited to welcome 2015 and work each day at making the right choice (for me!) and planning a few changes that will help me accomplish what I set out to do.

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