Well it’s that time of year again. Get out your notebooks and start that yearly list of goals you hope to achieve in 2014. Or perhaps you could shorten that list considerably just by resolving to find balance.
I’m not talking about being able to stand on an exercise ball or hold tree pose for 5 minutes, however I am sure Heather would be happy to point out that those sort of stunts do wonders for your core strength I am talking about balancing life. The whole thing.
Often our New Year’s resolution lists can be quite long and detailed. As this list grows the ability to achieve success decreases. Often people will begin to tackle the list all at once partially succeeding on some of the tasks, or tossing the long list all together and vowing to do better next year. Instead of being overwhelmed by that daunting list of New Year’s resolutions, replace it with just one word. Balance!
So often we set such strict and extreme goals for ourselves that what we cause is stress rather than change. Find some balance by making your goals achievable. Even as a nutritionist I am hardly 100%, 100% of the time. I try to eat wholesome local and organic food when it is available. When it isn’t available I don’t starve, and I don’t feel guilty about it either. I know that by being as healthy as possible my body can handle those imperfections. Expecting perfection out of you self will lead to disappointment. Health should be a lifelong goal, not a “this Year I will….” goal. So toss that long list and try a few of these healthy and achievable resolution alternatives that will bring some balance to your life.
Instead of, “I will eat a 100% raw and organic diet until spring” Try, choosing the healthiest options available to you from this point on (notice there is no expiry date on this option?)
Instead of, “No more junk food” Try, limiting the chemicals your body is exposed to by finding whole food options for your indulgences.
Instead of, “Lose 20 pounds before bikini season” Try, getting active so that you are proud of the body you have. Toss the scale and know you have succeeded when you feel great!
Instead of. “Work out for 1 hour 5 times a week” Try, staying active. As long as you are moving your body is working. Find a way to move each day that works with your schedule and your interests.
Instead of, “I want to look like her” Try,practicing self-love and self-compassion and aim to be the best you possible. Throw away those self-sabotaging ideals.