It is already the middle of April and warmer weather will come sooner or later.  Can I hear three cheers for that!  With the warmer weather comes t-shirts, shorts and sleeveless dresses, and do I dare mention swimsuits.  We can no longer hide in our sweatshirts and winter jackets.  Maybe you have put on a little winter weight or are frustrated with some additional pounds around the middle.  I think this is the time of year when we realize we want to make some changes so our clothes fit better and we feel better about ourselves especially with warmer weather ahead.

Change can be good, but it can also be challenging.  This can be a time to make some changes in your health.  Or maybe you simply want to shed a few unwanted pounds.    Whatever you want to go after is going to require you to make some changes.  None of us can keep doing the same thing day after day and expect something different.  While change can seem scary at first and uncomfortable, I have found change is where I grow the most.  Be patient with yourself, practice new habits, and learn as you go.

I remembered a handout I received a few years back that I think is worth sharing.  It spoke to me back then and it still does today.  As you read this, remember priorities are important.  Have healthy eating and exercise as your TOP priority.  As Erik would say, make them a part of the big rocks in your life!  In other words – crowd out some of the unnecessary things in your life.  If not, it will be easy to skip your exercise plan or not to choose healthy foods.  So as you think about the changes you want to make, remember what each of the letters stand for:

            C ontinuous              (lifetime, always working on it)
H ealth                       (to prevent health problems)
A lterations               (changing habits)
N utrition                   (learning to make healthy choices)
G oals                        (setting goals and yourself rewards)
E xercise                   (importance of exercise and benefits)
S elf Awareness        (to help increase self esteem)

Go for it!  Keep working hard and stay determined.  Reach out for help if you need accountability or advice.  Don’t let fear keep you from doing what you want to do or maybe even need to do.  Taking care of your self is important.  There is only one you.

Be the change you want to see!
Beth Dean    CPT, CES, pn1