I’ve been ODing on The Love Vitamin videos (I really love this girl – see below for more info) and feeling guilty about all the poor diet decisions I’ve made these last few days just waiting for inspiration to kick in so I could write this New Year’s Resolution post. I don’t want to make the same old “I’ll eat better” or “I’ll exercise every day” resolution. This type of restriction causes more harm than good and ultimately implodes on itself. So…how do I make a powerful resolution that I can actually keep?
By simplifying. With all of the challenges I am facing trying to change my lifestyle, my mindset, my physical and emotional health, and, of course, my skin, I found one simple tool that I can implement to really make a difference in ALL of these areas.
I am always able to see the big picture after I’ve done the damage. I’ll binge on a bunch of sugar or go overboard with exercise or procrastinate at work until I just end up stressed and working late. Later on I can see that I made a poor decision based on emotional stress, but at the time I can’t stop myself. But this is exactly it. I need to STOP. If I can just recognize in the moment when I am about to do something I might regret and then, here’s the best part – STEP AWAY FOR A MINUTE – then I can lose that negative momentum and make a better choice.
So my resolution this year is to hit the pause button. Whenever my actions are not reflecting my goals I will literally STOP in my tracks, walk out of the room if necessary, and pick up my journal, breathe, pour a mug of hot tea, or do something else that will calm, soothe and bring perspective into my decisions. I might decide not to eat that extra slice of cake OR I might decide that it is okay. Either way, I am at least doing so mindfully.
That’s it! It sounds simple, but I know it is an incredibly powerful resolution. I’m truly excited to put this into practice.
What’s your resolution?
P.S. Here’s my favorite Love Vitamin video – this girl has been such an inspiration for me on my journey and I really appreciate all of her tips and encouragement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-KDbq2psZE