Make Positive Changes for 2017

Love letter to smokerHappy New Year!  It seems that with the start of every New Year come resolutions we make that we vow we are going to keep.  “I’m going to lose weight”, “I’m going to save more money”, “I’m going to start eating better”, “I’m going to quit smoking” and the list goes on and on.  For some, this new found change occurs a handful of times and then we fall right back into our old routine.  For others, it’s a change made and kept.  I would like to challenge you to set one goal for yourself and vow to keep it.  If you are reading this column, you want to live a healthier lifestyle and for you that might mean something entirely different than it means to someone else.  My advice to you is this:  KEEP IT SIMPLE.  Don’t start off the new year overloading yourself with “resolutions” you’ll never be able to accomplish.  Rather, set a goal and follow it.  Becoming healthy doesn’t have to revolve around food and exercise; there are many more activities in life that keep a person healthy.  I’ve provided a few suggestions, try a few, just remember to take it one day at a time and enjoy the new you as you journey into 2017.

  • Quit smoking
  • Practice relaxation exercises 
  • Take a vitamin daily
  • Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day
  • Walk
  • Eat a piece of fruit every day
  • Attend church services regularly
  • Meditate
  • Volunteer
  • Eat a vegetable every day
  • Practice yoga
  • Control your portions
  • Read
  • Surround yourself with positive people
  • Smile often, it’s contagious
  • Reconnect with an old friend