I went to the library the other day and the front display was filled with books on dieting, becoming a new you and reshaping your figure. At the store the Christmas decorations made way for organizational totes for creating a new home space. The New Year brings hope for many, myself included. I have already incorporated many principles of a healthy diet and eliminating toxins in my home, and this is a good time to re-dedicate myself to these priorities. I will be writing a series of articles in the coming weeks with a focus on cleansing – your body, mind, spirit, and your home. The purpose of these cleansing articles is not necessarily to get you to a certain pant size, but to help you realize better overall health – and often that route does lead to a slimmer waistline. I know you will find helpful tips to make your life simpler – and healthier, not just in January but all year round.
As you reflect on the past year and look ahead to the coming, be realistic about your goals and right them down. Change does not happen overnight, and your body will not change overnight. It will improve in health day by day with each good choice you make in your life. Sometimes initiating change in our lives requires some evaluation first. Look at your daily habits and how much time you allow yourself to be healthier. Many people want to be healthier but have very full schedules that leaves little time for exercise and preparing healthy meals. Look at your schedule and see where you can realistically carve out time for this if it is a priority. Last fall, I spoke with someone who wanted to set up some personal training and learn some healthy lifestyle skills – she said she’d get in touch with me in Spring! Are you putting off your health and well-being until next Spring? or Summer vacation? You don’t have to! I will be giving you practical steps to improve your well-being today.
So write those goals down, whether they are for your physical/emotional health, home health/organization, professional or relational. Then, find someone you can be accountable to – a spouse, close friend, parent, mentor. Someone you can check in with so those aspirations don’t just evaporate into thin air. Keep your goals nearby so you are reminded of their importance. Stick with it and at the end of the year you can see just how far you have come. Anything worthwhile is worth working for.
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