How To Be Healthy, Happy And Strong in 2010
Happy New Year to everyone! May this year bring you much health, joy, peace and happiness.
Some of you may have made New Years resolutions, attempting to improve in certain areas of your life. Whatever areas they are, I wish you the strength and willpower to follow through with them.
I have given up the habit of New Years resolutions long time ago, as I found myself getting frustrated of never been able to follow through with them for long. Instead, I found a way that is working better for me; namely to live every day to the fullest, to do the best I can and be the best I can be, by Gods grace. And if I fail for whatever reason, I just shake it off, forgive (myself or any person who caused me to get out of balance, ask for forgiveness, if necessary) take it easy for the rest of the day and take the next day as an opportunity to pick up where I failed the day before. No judgment, no condemnation, never allowing the mishaps of a day determining the quality of the next. I’ve been doing this for quite a few years now and I can tell you it works.
So, if you have made resolutions and find yourself not being able to follow through every day, don’t despair. Take one day at a time and do and be the best you can. No one is perfect. We all miss it in one area or the other every now and then. The key is to never give up. Ever.
Another key is YOUR ATTITUDE. You may have had the worst day, your nerves are lying bare and you are tempted to throw in the towel and do everything you know to be wrong just to get a little comfort and relieve from the pressures of the day. We all have done it. But what happened after that? We were sorry for what we did.
By controlling and adjusting your attitude, you can avoid a lot of down falls. Did you know that happiness is a choice? Do you know that being healthy and successful is a choice? Circumstances may be challenging what you perceive, but at the end of the day, YOU decide where and what you are going to be.
When things go wrong and I notice myself getting all worked up about it, I ask myself; is it really worth ruining my day over this? Then I think of all the things I am thankful for (most of all for my happy, healthy family), and I think of those people, who are really living in very difficult situations. Usually, comparing my circumstances to theirs sheds a totally different light on everything, and I feel more easy about whatever has been bothering me, because on the grand scheme of things, most likely, my problems really are not such a big deal.
Success cannot be measured in money. It is well known that some of the unhappiest people are those who are very successful in their jobs, those that have the means to buy anything they desire. Yet their family and their relation ships are in ruins. Let’s put more focus and spend more quality time with those people in our lives that really matter to us. As far as I know, there hasn’t been a person who said at their death-bed: ‘Gee, I wish I had spent more time in the office; cleaning my house; shopping; serving the internet; playing video games….’.
Maybe some of you decided to take steps this New Year to invest in your health; to develop healthier eating habits, exercise more, maybe loose some weight. For those who did, I would like to suggest turning this resolution into an inseparable part of you. First, you should see yourself as whatever you desire to see (slim, active, healthy, attractive). If you would like to increase your endurance but have been a couch potato, see yourself taking brisk walks, run or bike every day and imagine how great you would feel. Then follow through and do it. Not every other day, but EVERY day. Routine is the key.
Second, if you know your diet has been less than wholesome, throw out all the bad foods you have in your refrigerator and cabinets and replace them with healthy foods. Healthy foods are not boring. They can be very delicious and satisfying.
Finally, learn what your body truly needs and what it hurts. Nothing other than strong poison will kill you immediately. However, there are many foods in grocery stores that if regularly consumed can harm and kill you over a period of time. If you need help, I strongly recommend reading “What About That Rainbow” ( www.whataboutthatrainbow.com )
"What About That Rainbow" is an easily written manual to your body, which will help you understand everything you need to know about it and how to properly take care of it. Moreover, it will provide you with 150 healthy, quick, easy and delicious recipes for any meal or snack of the day and even give you specific health benefits to each dish that are sure to make your cooking life easier and more enjoyable.
Here are my final suggestions for a happy and healthy life; don’t take every thing too seriously. There is no need to get upset about things you cannot change. Be gracious with the people in your life. They are as human as you are. I don’t believe anyone does it on purpose, but the truth is, people will occasionally disappoint you.
It also seems to be a fact of life that we treat those we love the most less lovingly than most strangers, simply because they don’t live up to our expectations. I believe that treating those nearest to us best, being quick to forgive and to kindly and promptly to communicate our expectations will bring more joy, peace and happiness into our lives than most other thing we can do.
Finally, take time to rest. Being tired all day is usually a result of staying up too late, doing the chores we think can’t wait. Yet, the truth is, we would long be done with them had we gotten enough sleep the night before as we would have had the energy to be more efficient. We would also have more patience with those around us (especially our children), more energy to create good memories, to prepare a healthy meal or to exercise. So, remember, sleep is priceless. Sleep can make it or break it.
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