Happy New Year!!!
I love the freshness of each new year, as the calendar flips over from December to January. It symbolizes a new start and endless possibilities for the future months. But it also is a time to stop and reflect on the blessings and lessons learned from the previous year.
Some of what I learned in 2009 was simply a reminder of things I already knew. And, still, other things were brand new revelations! And I wanted to share some of these things with you.
- Anything worth having is worth working for—and working hard for. I have learned that maintaining a significant weight loss is probably harder than losing the weight to begin with. But it’s not to say that the hard work isn’t worth it. But it requires time, effort, dedication and making yourself a priority.
- Accountability is key. You must surround yourself with others who have your best interest at heart. If you don’t naturally have a circle of friends who will encourage you to strive to be your best, then find a support group of some kind.
- Ask yourself, “What am I truly hungry for?” Are you eating because you have a real physical hunger for food or are you feeding other needs (like loneliness, boredom, sadness) in an effort to sooth yourself? Ask the tough questions and be honest with yourself when you answer.
- Plan ahead. Preparing your food at the beginning of the week is a wonderful way to stay on track. If you grill chicken and veggies ahead of time you can put them in individual ziplock bags and put them in the fridge. When it’s time to eat you don’t have to exert any effort. You already have safe and healthy choices right at your fingertips.
I also learned (or re-learned) some valuable things that don’t necessarily have to do with diet and nutrition but are still valuable lessons. For example:
- It’s not what you have in your life, but whom you have in your life that truly counts.
- Life is never more precious than when viewing it through the eyes of your children.
- We are always responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel. Consequences are ours to own.
- Either you learn to control your attitude or it controls you.
- There are always others watching and grace under pressure is a precious commodity to be cultivated.
Probably the most significant thing that I’ve learned to appreciate over 2009 is the fact that “every morning God’s mercies are new.” (Lamentations 3:22-24)
This scripture comes from the biblical prophet Jeremiah that records his grief at a particular point of despair, but through it all he recalled God’s mercies and therefore found hope.
This past year was filled with some exhilarating joys and some sorrows as well. That’s called life. But if when you wake up tomorrow, thank God for His mercies and for giving you a fresh start each day. It’s yours if you’ll just accept it.
Hoping you and your families will experience a blessed, healthy and prosperous 2010!