With the end of another year upon us again (already!), and the beginning of a brand new one peaking around the bend, many of us are looking back on what we’ve accomplished; or in many cases, NOT accomplished;…with disappointment and regret…and what we hope to accomplish in the next twelve months.
I don’t really understand why we all feel the need to wait until January 1st – but I suppose we see it as a fresh start of sorts; just like when we decide to start a new diet on Mondays. So I’m just going to go with it – such is life. Some traditions, however silly, are here to stay.
A large part of becoming a homesteader, for me (and this is only my personal opinion – you don’t have to agree with me!), is attaining my own personal best when it comes to health. There are so many issues running in my family, and I know that if any of those are passed down to me, I will have many difficulties in operating a successful homestead. I do not want diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol getting in the way of my dreams. I don’t want osteoporosis or arthritis preventing me from working the land. And I certainly don’t want weight problems stopping me from enjoying every single minute of it.
Yes, weight tends to be the number one resolution on January 1st…or rather, the LOSING of. And yes, I’ve made that same resolution myself, time and time again, with varying degrees of success, or lack thereof. I’m not able to guarantee myself a different outcome this time around, but I can guarantee to give myself 100% effort.
At 36 years old, I realize that these things will become increasingly more difficult, but I’ve never been one to shrink in front of a challenge. Weight isn’t the only thing I’ll be looking at this year, but rather, overall health. I want to concentrate on changing the things we put in our bodies – this means changing the way we shop for groceries, and pulling out all the stops when it comes to curbing bad habits (like grabbing this and that on the go!). I’m going to be putting a lot of emphasis on clean, organic foods. Whole foods. Eating the way Mother Nature intended us to, without eliminating an ounce of flavor. Yes, another challenge, I know.
I’m also going to concentrate on every other aspect of health… from eyes and teeth, to skin and bones. The number on the scale is important to me, I’m not going to lie. But feeling good on the inside is just as important. And the INSIDE, also means my head. I’ve had a lot going on lately, and life hasn’t exactly been great in the happiness department. And my optimal Health Plan will definitely include this. So from head to toe on the outside, AND on the inside. I realize this is quite an ambition, but I think ….no, I KNOW I’m up for the challenge!!!
I will get healthy, so that I can give myself the best possible chance to succeed and reach my dreams and my goals of this dream life of mine! I will! I read in someone’s blog, that we need to “manifest” what we want to achieve. So this is what I choose to manifest. Optimal Health.
What do YOU choose for yourself for 2016???