As you contemplate making a change, I invite you to find one or more people who will wholeheartedly be on your side. Then tell them what you are up to, and ask (out loud!) if they will help you through any rough spots.
If you've begun to make a lifestyle change -- a new diet, exercise routine, stress reduction activity, or anything else -- consider that there will be times when you may need or want to get off your lifestyle wagon.
In my practice I have seen that people generally make lifestyle changes in one of two ways. Neither is right or better. However, it is valuable to know what group you fall into so that you can plot the best course for making changes.
I recently saw a patient who was struggling with her weight. She loved cooking. Every night while making dinner, she drank a bottle of wine. The average bottle of wine has about 750 calories -- that's half to a third of the recommended daily amount for women.
I'm working to better myself as a person and to help others, one day at a time. I'm setting boundaries with other people and discovering spirituality. I'm taking care of myself. These are things that adults do.
A wise octogenarian once said, "Don't be possessed by your possessions." Actually she said it last weekend, when she invited me to her new "stuff shop," a spot she had rented for a month to try to make a dent in the dispersal of her long-collected ephemera.
I've juiced everything that grows and everything seems to go with everything else. Fruits go with vegetables and vegetables go with other vegetables. Herbs fit right in as do fresh ginger, garlic, and onions.
Well, it's time: time to get off the coach, rev your engines and make this the year that you don't look back (and look down and see your toes for the first time in a while); the year that you get...and stay fit.