Out with the Old… Not so Fast!

Today marks the beginning of the New Year. On this day many of us wake up and resolve to a new way of thinking, spending, being, doing and living. But, if we think about it, maybe we don’t need to resolve to do anything new but rather to resolve the old. With over 15 years of consulting with clients as their wellness coach and nutritionist, I have learned about the human mind. I write about this in my book, sharing client stories about nutrition myths and how their thoughts determined their actions. Whether or not we are on the right track, we want to believe that we are. That’s human nature. Admitting we are wrong is hard. Being honest with yourself is even harder.

Beyond the nutrition myths that you shared with me, you have also shared with me anecdotes and experiences in your lives that have put you exactly where you are today. In the present moment. I engage with readers on a daily basis, securing their worries about what counts as a protein, carb and a fat. I reassure them to keep it simple. Not to dissect every recipe and most importantly to enjoy it. You found security in certainty. You knew how much you could eat, when, and how to combine it. You put into practice The 1:1:1 Formula and it has changed your life and hopefully your mindset.

This brings me to the idea to resolve the old this year. Now, you are probably thinking that if you don’t decide to resolve to do x,y,or z, that you probably won’t do it. In fact, it’s possible that you have had the same list of resolutions for the past 3 or 5 years, maybe it’s even a decade old.

Think about the things in your life that you want to see change.  You’re burnt out. You feel that you never have enough time for yourself. You are sick of your job. Maybe you want to alternate drop off and pick up days with your partner so that you have the option of a morning or afternoon workout (or God forbid, you sleep in. Oops. I forgot, sleeping in for lazy people). Maybe you need to have that conversation with your partner about how you feel about where your relationship is going.

Well guess what? Each feeling I have listed impacts how you eat, sleep, how often you can get to the gym, your stress levels, blood pressure, your weight, your complexion, and your mood. Need I say more?

What I am really trying to say here is that your life is evolving. Nothing stops and starts. We just have to go with the flow. It’s not about starting over on this first day of the year. It is about resuming. You know what you need to do and you know what works for you. As this quote reads:  “For every positive change you make in your life, something else also changes for the better, it creates a chain reaction.”  To this I say, create a CHANGE reaction. Make this year yours.

P.S. I seem to talk a lot about relationships. This may be because I went through a divorce at the exact time my book was published and just maybe because my friends always tell me I give the best advice. If you recall, however, in my book I talk about experience vs. expertise. Well in relationships, I am no expert. We all have experiences. How do you want yours to play out?