Be Brave: Find the Healthiest You in 2014

UH OptiWeight Blogger Meghann Featherstun, MS, RD, LD

Meghann Featherstun, MS, RD, LD

January 7, 2014

Nothing magical happens when the clock strikes midnight on December 31st. We have all crossed our fingers and wished upon a star that this is our year to make big changes only to quickly realize that superstitions weren’t quite enough to get us past that first week of January. So what should we do to make our New Year’s Resolutions stick around past mid-January?

Be ready to make a change. Change is never easy. Change is easier on you when you are ready to make a commitment to that change.

For example: Wanting to lose 30 pounds and being ready to make the changes to lose 30 pounds are two very different scenarios. Wanting doesn’t get us very far unless we are willing to do the work involved to see these changes emerge. Many people are not sure how to put these changes into motion or where to begin. If you fall into this group, find someone to help you. Join a gym. Join UH OptiWeight. Or better yet, both!

Listen to your heart. What do you value? What is important to you? Commit to goals that matter to YOU – not your family, not your friends, not your significant other, not your coworkers. When you tie your goals and resolutions to something you value, you are much more likely to follow through with meeting your expectations.

For example: Have you always valued physical fitness but over the years it has really gotten away from you? You made time for everyone else in your life but never felt you had the spare time to commit to your own fitness. Make the time this year to meet a fitness goal, perhaps a 5K. Tie this goal back to your core values of being a physically active, highly motivated person and you are much more likely to complete this 5K successfully. By taking that time for yourself, you will likely have the added bonus of inspiring others around you to commit to their own fitness goals.

Believe your future is limitless. Picture the happiest, most fulfilled you at the end of 2014. What got you there? What is different than now? Don’t be restrained by thoughts of the old you. Have faith in yourself that this is a New Year and a new opportunity to make your future a healthier, happier one.

For example: Remember the incredibly huge role that your mind plays in meeting your goals and resolutions. We often underestimate the power that a positive mental attitude can have on achieving success. Believe in yourself. Focus on the positives and leave those self deprecating thoughts in 2013.

Be Brave. Be brave enough to chase your dreams. By definition, being brave means facing unpleasant conditions or behaviors without showing fear.

For example: Think of a behavior you want to kick this year and be brave. Have you been using food as a coping mechanism? Be brave. Face the root cause of your emotions and begin to find new coping mechanisms, such as yoga, meditation, discussion, etc. Be brave and take action so that you do not continue to let food rule your emotional state.

My wish for you in 2014 is to: Be Fit. Be Healthy. Be You.

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