As I sit contemplating the end of 2018 with a cup of coffee, my thoughts are turning to 2019 resolutions. Interesting because making New Year’s resolutions is not a usual practice for me. What I do instead is pledge each year to work to become a better person than the one I am leaving behind, and pledge to leave my little corner of the planet better off than the environment I am looking back at.
If I were to make a few resolutions the list would look something like, discontinue to place Tupperware in the dishwasher, the plastic items never come entirely clean and never completely dry during the heat dry cycle. Or, close the refrigerator door while buttering my toast so the cold does not escape. Silly, I know. To be frank, I don’t believe in resolutions. I tried them for years until I came to the realization that being resolute means more than making a promise to oneself. I resolve to _______________ (fill in the blank) and then most of the time we go cold turkey to change a behavior or start a new practice with limited success.
At the end of Perk Up Part I, I promised to share the focus of my journey to permanent, positive change. In a word, FOOD. This is not about a dress size. For years I dieted thinking that I was making healthy choices about what I was putting into my body to achieve optimum nutrition and good health. I was wrong and I realized this one day while watching a segment of the Dr. Oz. show. Sure, I was saving calories and eating a basically healthy diet but, I was trapped in the yo-yo thing, and that’s not what I wanted. I wanted to understand the benefits of healthy nutrition and how to go about getting there.
To make a long journey short, after the Dr. Oz. segment I purchased Food Can Fix It, Dr. Mehmet Oz. Food Can Fix It lays out an easy-to-follow plan for harnessing the power of nutrition and that was exactly what I was looking for. It is important for me to say here that I am not promoting Dr. Oz or his products, or his mythologies. What I am promoting is how to go about achieving permanent, positive change and as I said previously, there are no quick, easy fixes, but the list to perk on is simple:
- Study yourself and know exactly what it is you would like to achieve
- Take ownership over what you want to achieve
- Don’t waste time and money trying to get there fast
- Find the best help
- Make small, attainable goals
- Celebrate small victories
- Love yourself
In time, you will achieve success. The kind of success that is permanently positive. For me permanently positive is, I don’t diet I eat right and maintain a healthy weight, my physical health is optimum, and best of all, healthy nutrition helps to defy the aging process :). Whatever it is you want to change, permanent, positive change is, a change of habit, a change of nature, a change of behavior. Why not brew up a pot of delicious change that lasts. it feels good!
In 2019 call a friend. Meet over a cup of steaming hot coffee and let the journey begin!
Peace and Love – Happy 2019!