Posts Tagged ‘new year’s’

Transform Resolutions into Real Life Changes

With just over three weeks, until the first of the New Year, ideas for my 2012 potential resolutions are beginning to percolate. What am I going to let go of this New Year? What limiting belief pattern or non-productive habit am I willing to leave behind? I’ve had many resolutions over the years. The challenge is figuring out how to succeed. I see early January as an opportunity. It’s an opportunity to commit to something that will improve my life. It’s a chance to take stock of the past year and determine any gaps between where I am –or who I am—and what I intend in the coming year.

You can view my article, “New Beginnings for a New Year: Transform Resolutions into Lifestyle Changes,” in Napa Valley Life Magazine, Dec/Jan, 2011. I wrote the article with the intention to help us win! There are tips and strategies to help keep us on track, commit thoroughly to our goals and make 2012, the year to follow-through on what really matters to us.

As for my resolutions list, the ones I want to commit most to include:

  • Participate in the Eat Healthy Challenge, from January 4th-31st and eliminate all six elements.
  • Spend at least 15 minutes in the morning and at night meditating (total of at least 30 minutes per day).
  • Go to yoga at least one time every week.

I hope you’ll all consider joining me for the next Eat Healthy Challenge. There’s no better time to embark on this challenge than January.

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New Year’s Revolution – I mean Resolution

Today is the two-week countdown to January 1st, 2011 – crazy!   Every New Year, since I was young, I’ve mixed up the word resolution with revolution.  I tell my friends and family something like, “This year for my New Year’s revolution, I’m going to lose x number of pounds, join the gym, read more books, meditate more often, take more relaxing baths, eat more kale, quit this or that,” and so on. 

The definition for revolution is “a drastic and far-reaching change in ways of thinking and behaving”.  Maybe that’s always been my problem with my New Year’s revolution.  It’s just too drastic.  For instance, when formalizing the revolution to go to the gym in my mind, I tell myself I’ll go at least three times per week for the whole year.  My personal, unsupported revolutions just never seem to work out for me.  

The definition for resolution is “a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner.”  This seems a little less drastic – considering drastic isn’t used in the description of resolution.  So even though the first Community Cleanse ended on November 14th I’ve decided, as my New Year’s resolution, to complete another Healthy Junkie four-week Community Cleanse from January 4th through January 31st.  Go to The Community Cleanse page for more details.  January seems like a perfect time to do it all over again considering I’m already feeling the snowball effects of holiday parties.  December outings can lead us down the path of too much fun, which includes too much food, too much sugar, much too much cheese, and too much alcohol.  Maintaining our Healthy Junkie status can be a true challenge over the holidays when chocolates, cakes and cookies seem to quickly breed.

I know many of you will soon be deliberating over what to give up for 2011.  So how about joining The Community Cleanse and giving up all of the bad stuff for the four-weeks (or whatever amount of time suits you and your resolution)?  You can always start early on January 1st if you feel this is important.  I’m choosing to use the first few days of January to prepare my mind and my pantry.  Who knows maybe with all of us working together on our four-week Community Cleanse resolutions we can turn January 2011, into a revolution.

Happy Holidays!