Did you know that New Years resolutions originated in 1735? How are your resolutions working out so far in 2013? I see many patients in January who have self proclaimed to lose weight or to start eating better. I love this time of year because it is filled with the spirit of renewal. I find the act of determining New Years resolutions to be a very inspiring endeavor. How can we combine this renewed since of enthusiasm with creating sustainable healthy choices?
I believe we are all works in progress transmuting our inner desires through the Universe which we dwell in. Like a piece of clay we are being molded and shaped to fulfill our own personal destiny. If you have a New Years resolution, then couple this with patience and a sense of love for yourself. This way if you make a mistake, you can walk through the set back with a sense of kindness and not guilt. We do not always have to get it right the first time, it is our willingness to keep trying which makes us a true success in the long run.
We do not have to embark on our healing journeys alone, enlist the help of family, friends, and your Doctor to help nurture you and give you encouragement when needed. Finding a support group or enlisting a “work out buddy” are excellent ways to ensure continued success. Understanding that our healing journeys consist in some parts of two steps forward and one step backward can make the transition less grueling. Perhaps taking baby steps produces more lasting effects than initial giant leaps for some of us. When embarking on a wellness plan requiring commitment and discipline, go easy on yourself. If you lapse, the healthier response is to try again later not to beat yourself up.