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Another Year, Same Ol' Resolution

Ok, let's hear 'em! What are your New Year's Resolutions?

Whether you've declared them or kept them in your heart as a secret, we all have them. We all have this little hope inside of us that this year will be different, better, greater-than- the rest! And that's good... I mean, who wants everything to be the same all the time? Even people who had a great 2016 and met all their goals are hoping 2017 has a new adventure in store, right?

I hope your goals are big! Maybe even what you would consider "beyond your reach." Because, why should we put a limit on what we are capable of? We have no idea what the New Year has planned for us, do we? I don't know about you, but I'm excited!

It's all an adventure. It's all an experience. But have you ever noticed that your experiences are stored as "good" or "bad" in your brain depending on how you feel? For example, I love running, and every run is an experience. But if I'm tired, cranky, or sick my runs aren't nearly as enjoyable as when I'm energized and full of life! (*Apply to your own personal scenario.)

How you feel physically can completely alter the way you perceive your experiences. Can you
relate? I hope so! Who doesn't want to feel good and enjoy as much of their lives as possible?!

So, how many of you have "get healthy", or "lose weight,"or ";get in shape" on your resolution list? Many people do. And even if you don't, keep reading, you never know what you might find...

To bring my two points together, living a healthy lifestyle will allow you to feel your best, and in turn, you will better enjoy the moments before you.

Let's take a look:

When is the last time you had a clear mind? One that was focused, alert, and connected to each moment? Are you often tired, foggy, and unable to focus? What if I told you that you could remove your brain fog just by changing your diet?

And how many times a week do you feel bloated, cranky, and like you could spend all day on the couch? Again I ask, what if I told you that could be changed with a simple substitution in what you're eating?

I could go on... but I'm sure you get the point.

I just have one more question. When was the last time you looked somebody in the eye, said "how are you" and actually wanted to hear what they had to say? When you're feeling foggy, tired, cranky, and distracted, do you really want to hear about what someone else is feeling? I wouldn't. And I didn't for years.

So here's the deal: when you feel good on the inside, you will be less distracted by yourself, and more able to enjoy what's around you. And maybe you'll actually want to know how other people are doing because you'll have the energy and the mental clarity to listen.

What am I really trying to say with this post? I'm saying, let's take your resolution one step further. Maybe not focus on your body, what it looks like and what the number on the scale says. Because, let's be honest, how many times have we made this resolution? And how many times have we found ourselves short of our goals?

Choosing healthy things is hard. There's a lot of confusing information out there, and there's A LOT of easy-to- get temptations out there. We often say, "I just need to reach my goal, and then I can do what I want." Or we say, "I can't have this or that ever again." But, you know what the problem is here? Our mindsets are the same. We still want the things we are avoiding. We don't realize what the unhealthy habits are actually doing to us. Putting them on hold until the scale says what you want it to won't change your life.

What I am suggesting is that we make a resolution to change our mindset. When we think of getting healthy, let's think of making a lifestyle change. A permanent one! Don't you want to feel your best? Don't you want to maintain a healthy weight, be full of energy, and go through your days with consistent clarity and focus? YES! You can make these changes, you can reach your goals, and you can live your life to the fullest!

There's nothing else to say but that: "You get out what you put in." It is so true. Put in crap, feel crappy; put in high quality nutrition, perform with high quality. It's that easy. That's ALL you have to think about when you're making a food choice.

If you aren't sure what qualifies as "crap" and what qualifies as "high quality," then that's a different story… And we will get to it another time. It's what we love to do - give people the information, skills, and confidence they need to live a happy, healthy life!

Happy New Year, Everyone!

Disclaimer: Eating healthy will help you feel your best, and in turn, help you live a full life. However, there are other factors that affect your well-being: mental health, spiritual health, relational health, etc. I am not stating that everything in your life will be perfect if you eat healthy. I am saying that a healthy lifestyle will aid you in the quest to feel your best.

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