Have you made your New Year’s Resolutions yet? Do they include health and wellness? Will you stick to them?
After a month or more of parties, celebrations and festivities many of us make resolutions to exercise, eat right, and become healthier. After all, we know we need to make some changes.
But…how many of us will stick to those resolutions for more than a month? Not many. According to research at least 75% of us make a resolution to improve our health. By the end of the first month only 64% are still continuing with those resolutions.
Why do you suppose that is? Is it because we think of our resolutions as “something we should do” instead of “something I get to do”? If we look at our resolutions as a positive piece of our lifestyle, would we stick with it longer?
According to Wikkipedia, Roman ruler Julius Caesar established January 1 as New Year’s Day in 46 BC. The Romans dedicated this day to Janus, the god of gates, doors and beginnings. The month of January was named after Janus, who had two faces – one looking forward and the other looking backward. This suggests that New Year’s celebrations are founded on pagan traditions. Traditionally, it was thought that one could affect the luck they would have throughout the coming year by what they did or ate on the first day of the year.
Let’s continue to carry that luck. Don’t think about when you are not reaching your goal of exercising one hour a day or of eating less at every meal. Instead, think of how glamorous you will feel on the inside when you get some exercise today and take one less helping of food this meal. Then let’s carry it a step further.
Decide you want to be glamorous from the inside out. In order to do that, look for support and truthful education about foods and nutrition as well as how to add back nutrients that are depleted by obesity, excess alcohol and smoking. Increase it another step and learn to make changes as suggested by author John Norcross. These includes moving through the stages of change: not really ready, getting serious, have a plan, take action, keep at it, and reaching and maintaining the desired goal.
Once your insides are glamorous, your whole body feels glamorous as well.
Get off to a great start and have a Happy New Year!
By Valerie Ozsu
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