Look at this sunrise.
I know there's snow on the ground and it's far too cold, but look at that sky.
This is a reminder to you that no matter where you are in your head...in the cold, seemingly dormant recesses of your good thinking, the sun is still there, pushing through, showing you that a new day is a new chance to start over.
You've lost your way a bit. You haven't been making the best choices for yourself. You've given in to old demons who have told you that a bite here and there doesn't matter. Well, it does. You know that, and now, your jeans show that.
We also know, it's not about weight. It's about total health. And in 2014, you're taking it back. We're chunking this one out, because you can do 5 of anything. Recommit. So much is going right...your marriage, your career, your family and friends. Recommit to you!
Here are your 5 commitments for 2014.
1. Commit to accountability. Whether you use an online app or go old school, just do it. Write it down. If it goes in your mouth, it goes in your journal. Knowledge is power. Take it back.
2. Commit to clean. There are so many choices you can make that do not include sugar or processed garbage. Clean it up. Why are you using your body as a trash can? Would you feed a child like this?
3. Commit to move. Your excuses are just that. Excuses. Get off the computer, bundle up, and get outside. No more excuses. You have at least a half hour somewhere in your day. Use it for good...move!
4. Commit to growth. Read, learn, grow. Find a class at the local adult education center or university. Shut off the computer and read before bed. Better yet, find two...maybe there's a class you and A can do together and then one just for you.
5. Commit to mindfulness. Jim had it right... Wherever you are, be all there. Make a list...you love lists. For what are you grateful in your life? What makes you smile? What makes you happy? Reflect on those things. Focus on the assets, not the debits and enjoy the moment for what it is, not what it could have been. Be in the moment and enjoy it for what it is.
Look around you. Life doesn't look like you thought it would; it rarely does. But it's a great life, nonetheless. It is a lovely life, indeed. You are blessed.
You have two choices: you can choose how you see each day, and you choose your actions. And those actions have consequences.
So make choices that make you proud. You tell your students that. Practice what you preach.
You know what to do. Do it already.
Happy New Year!