Finalllllyyyyyy!, Girl, after one heck of a year, I could not be happier to see 2018 slide in my dms! Of course, with the new year being here a new crop of "New year New Me" people come strolling out the woodwork like freshly crossed Kappas And guess what....... HERE I AM, shimmyinngggg on into the new year.
Yep, that's me, proudly here to admit that for me New years is one of the most magical times of the year. In the words of the posititute in the New Years bar scene of the movie Forest Gump, "Don't you just love New Years, You could start all ova". And yes for me, New years has been one of the best times in my life to start over.
I find New Years as the perfect time to reflect on the months spent behind you and how your going to use what you have learned (or didn't learn) to improve yourself in the next 12. Resolutions are a common tool that many people use to map out the positive changes they want to for themselves in the next year. For some reason, writing these goals down provides an extra layer of accountability in reaching them.
Every year on NYE, I sit down with my piece of notebook paper and I write out my resolutions. I do this only after reviewing and reflecting on my resolutions from the previous year (which I carry around with me at all times, in my wallet). When its all said and done I pray over my resolutions, put them in my wallet, and keep it pushin'.
This has been a NYE ritual for me for quite some years. This is why is so surprising that for the first time in 10 years I will NOT be including any weight based or appearance based resolutions., and heres why......
"Mental Health Begets Physical health... Nurture the mental.. and the physical will follow"
Upon reviewing my resolutions, and considering a disparaging request from my ex to lose weight, I started to ponder. Every year I come to the same resolution, lose this many pounds or lose that many pounds. Some famous person (niche?, mozart?, einstein?) said (apparently) that repeating the same action over and over and expecting a differently result is insanity. Considering every year I write the same thing down, and even though I reach the goal often, it never sticks. Never. So maybe I'm insane.
So then I started to think. Maybe, It never sticks, because I spend each year writing the same raggedy ass resolutions about my weight, thinking that it will enhance the quality of my life (which on some level it will, buttt not really). Now at 25 years old, I'm realizing that I need to enhance the overall quality of my life, I need to take care of myself, and that if I do the body that is meant for me will follow.
As someone who lives with anxiety and depression, when the going gets tough, my self care is often the first aspect of my life to be neglected. Meaning, I'm guilty of excessive sleeping, binge eating unhealthy food, or flat out not eating at all (because i'm sleeping), letting my skin get dry, not hydrating, pretty much just letting myself go. And when that happens, its hard to jump out of the cycle of "being depressed because I let me self go because I'm depressed". Its so tough! and I struggle! But what is a struggle bet a set up for a win.
This year, my focus will be to stop allowing this cycle rule my life. My self care will be first and foremost in everything I do because a healthy me is one that will be able to reach my goals. I'll be focused, fueled, and prepared.
So as far a resolutions go, What does this mean?
This means i'm drinking water, the Lords liquid that he made especially for me to juice my body up,
I'm eating more greens, the lords veggies that he created to pump me up,
I'm moisturing (lets just face it, its hard to make money moves when ya dry)
I'm going out side and breathing up all the lords air
And when I feel like going to the gym or whatever it may be,
I'll be ready, because i'll be happy and nurtured.
My happiness and self nurture won't depend on if I met some 3lb a week goal.
I'll be surprised if self care doesn't naturally lead to a healthier body, so I will definitely keep you guys updated on how it goes,
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