Sunday, January 29, 2012

New Year's Resolution

It's nearing the end of January, so I've been reviewing how I've done so far with my resolution. Resolutions stress me out. Of course, I think that's the point. A little bit of stress is ok. It motivates us to action and helps us set goals and achieve them.

I have a tendency, however, to OVER stress.

So to keep the stress levels down, I resolved to only make one resolution this year. I am praying that it will touch many aspects of my life and help me improve as a person and help me in my quest to achieve health: physical, mental (spiritual) and financial. My resolution is to live with more integrity. How will this help me in these areas?

Physical: I am a health coach. I help people make healthy changes in their lives. I read health articles, magazines, blog posts, books, etc. I have scriptural guidance about principles of physical health. I watch documentaries and news stories about health. My husband works in health care. I think it is safe to say that I'm fairly aware of what I need to do to be physically healthy.

Wikipedia defines integrity as "a concept of consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations, and outcomes." Knowing what I do, I need to develop that consistency and act in a way that reflects what I know.

So when I walk into the kitchen, keeping integrity in mind, I will make better food choices. When I am not so pregnant, integrity will help encourage me to increase my physical activity. Integrity can help me find my way to bed earlier because I know the benefits of getting enough sleep.

Mental and spiritual: I could go on and on about how integrity will help me in this aspect, but here's a link to an article that does a much better job explaining it than I can.

Financial: Mainly I need to be more wise with my finances. I need to do more to understand my finances, and then use that knowledge to make good choices. I leave too much up to Eric; I don't even know how much is in my account half the time. I have really good intentions, but I know I don't stick to my budget the way I should and I need to be CONSISTENT and not let whims dictate my spending.

Also, as a health coach, I can use the knowledge available to me through my amazing program to grow my business and bless my family financially by helping others--what a great industry to work in.

Well, kudos to you for sticking in there for my long-winded post. If you or someone you know has a resolution to get healthier this year, I would love to help! Click here to learn more.

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