Are resolutions good or are they bad? Is it good to set yourself up for failure? Do people really stick to resolutions at all? Here's what I think...
I think we should never stop trying! Never, never never! I don't care how many times you fall flat on your face, just get right back up and do it again!
I used to beat myself up by saying "just forget it, you're gonna fail". But the more I read other peoples success stories the more I realized they had fallen a whole lot more than I had. So I figured I had some catching up to do.
So if you like setting resolutions on January 1, then do it! If it doesn't turn you on, then don't. But it doesn't take January 1 to make a resolution. Start it anytime and restart it as many times as it takes.
When you see your favorite food and/or desert, stop and think about what your first mind thoughts are. Are they a feeling of how good the food tastes? Do you think about taking that first bite? Usually, there is a feeling associated with those thoughts. It's a deep feeling we don't really pay attention to individually. Sometimes just the taste of a sweet treat makes us feel soothed.
Our minds are conditioned due to repetitive thoughts. I saw an ad for Pumkpin Bars, I really didn't think much of it myself but it reminded me of how I recently heard Weight Watcher members getting seriously over excited about the type of cookies they could have and how little of points it would cost them.
What if we started conditioning our mind to automatically wonder what nutrition is in that treat we are staring at? It's certainly possible to have a sweeter treat thas has more nutrition than our highly processed snacks we buy.
What if our FOCUS was "what's it made of?" instead of "ohhhhhh I really wanna eat that!".
Once we find something that has satisfying nutrition along with the desire to eat it then we can get excited about fueling our bodies properly with SUSTAINED ENERGY instead of quick energy that is turned into fat.
As I saw this ad for Pumpkin Bars, I noticed my thoughts went directly to "what's in it?". This particular ad was for a very natural treat made with whole oats etc. Then I was able to let my mind go to that place where it says "Oh that sounds so yummy".
Just a thought on how we perceive food. Remind yourself, your food is energy for your body like fuel is gas for your car. If you keep putting in bad gas the car won't run very efficient. If you put in decent gas or higher grade gas then your car will run accordingly.
Try eating for OPTIMAL health instead of eating for what feels good and gets you by. Then you won't feel so sluggish and tired. And if you don't think you feel sluggish and tired, but you start eating more whole nutrition you just might find you have energy you didn't realize existed!
Lifestyle choices are by far the biggest factor that affect our health. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, 83% of deaths before the age of 65 are preventable with lifestyle change.
I've heard it all...from "I'm going to die anyway, so I'm going to eat what I want" and people continue to smoke even after they've had heart disease. Why? Why wouldn't someone want to make better choices for their body?
I sometimes wonder if it's because they don't know what it's like to actually feel vibrant. Many think that because they have no symptoms of illness that they are healthy and living the life handed to them. I've found great joy working with clients who have that "ahhh" moment where they realize making changes in their lifestyle habits can feel exhilerating.
But an even bigger problem is the fact that the children of today's generation are expected to have a shorter life span than their parents due to obesity. So, if we don't want to make better choices for ourselves maybe we can do it for our children.
It's never too late to make a change! Just pick one change and start with that.
It could be eating less or no refined sugars. It could be taking the stairs instead of the elevator. It could be cutting down on saturated fats or as simple as just journaling in a food diary for awareness. Till next time :-)