Monday, February 1, 2010

January Reflections

As we begin the month of February, stop for a minute and think back to the beginning of January when you made all those great resolutions to change your bad habits and to get healthy. Think about how excited you were. How ready you were to change. Now, come back to today, are you where you want to be on the path to reaching those goals and making the changes you wanted to?

This is about the time when people start to struggle with the changes they've committed to making. The "honeymoon" with making positive changes has ended and reality has set in. It's not easy. Making change takes time and commitment. It's a matter of setting realistic goals and making the changes actual habits. If you are struggling with your goals and/or not real happy with where you are right now, its OK, its normal. Many of us go into the new year gun ho and overly driven and then burn out quickly. Try to create actions to get you back on track such as:

1. Going to the gym 3 times.
2. Eating breakfast everyday, a healthy breakfast that is.
3. Meditate.
4. Journal.

Then, practice one or two of these actions for a month, make it become a habit. Let it become ingrained into your routine. When the next month rolls along, pick another action and make it a habit. Soon, these habits will stick and become part of your healthy lifestyle, which is the ultimate goal.

Always remember, not every day is going to be a good day. You will have a day that you don't exercise or eat poorly, its OK, really. Its not the end of the world. It doesn't make you a bad person, only human. Just get on track the next day and keep moving forward, taking small and positive steps. Evey little thing you can do to get you closer to being healthier is a good thing.

Here's to you health!

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