January 2011 - Principles to Make Every Year "New and Happy"

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I'm not big on New Year's resolutions.  I always have too many and I have trouble prioritizing them.  Thus, some of them fall by the wayside and I wind up feeling like I've failed.  So this year, instead of resolutions, I thought I'd share with you some of the principles that I think make life more enjoyable--not just this new year, but every year.

  1. (N) Never give up.  Good health is an ongoing process.  Sometimes we "fall off the wagon" and eat fried food, skip the exercise, drink too much, or enjoy too much dessert.  Do not beat yourself up.  Simply get back on your program and move forward.  What matters is what you do on a daily basis-not so much what you do once in a while.

  1. (E) Eat for nutrition-and pleasure. I am a firm believer that food has two purposes-to nourish the body AND to provide pleasure.  Find foods and recipes that do both.  It'll make it so much easier for you to "eat healthy" all year.  I promise that if you do this, food will no longer sabotage your fitness regimen.  Instead, it'll be an enjoyable part of your journey to wellness!!
  1. (W) Watch your words-they have power.  Think before you speak. Negative words set the tone for conflict, depression and failure.  Do not speak words that tear down yourself or others. Speak words that inspire, encourage, and motivate you to achieve your goals and welcome good into your life.
  1. (Y) Yes you can! Stop making excuses about why you can't get "IT" done-whatever "IT" is.  I continue to be amazed at the excuses I hear from people-I'm too old; I'm too fat; they won't give me a chance; It's too late for me; I don't have enough money/training/experience.  Good grief, no wonder you're stuck! Whatever it is that you think is holding you back, figure out what you need to do to overcome that obstacle and do it.  It may require some extra time and effort, but just remember the saying: "We do what we have to do so that we can do what we want to do."

  1. (E) Enjoy your life. This life is NOT a dress rehearsal.   Realize that life is short (even if you live to be 100 years old) and there are many lessons to be learned while you're on your life's journey. Some lessons will be easy, others hard. Make a vow to maintain a positive frame of mind as you learn the lessons and gain wisdom.
  1. (A) Act. It's great to make plans and talk about what you'd like to do.  But nothing really happens or changes until you take action. Make this the year that you work hard to achieve your goals.  Whether it's health, education, spiritual growth, a new job, or travel-plan your work and work your plan.  Keep in mind that if you continue to do what you always did, you'll continue to get what you've always gotten.  So plan carefully and work it!!

  1. (R) Read. Make this the year that you turn off the television and pick up a good book. Reading expands your universe, enhances your vocabulary, and makes you aware that life is amazing.   Whether you like mysteries, biographies, self-help, romance, fitness, or adventure-there's a book for you! Curl up in your favorite chair (or bed) with a cup or glass of your favorite beverage, and start turning the pages.  It's a great way to settle down at the end of a busy day and bring the world to you in the comfort of your home!

Wishing you a happy and healthy journey to wellness in 2011!!

Dr. Mary S. Harris


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