Here we are again, in the season on the almighty ‘resolution’ to change our lives. I won’t go into statistics to show you that most don’t work, I won’t tell you to eat nothing but grape leaves for the year and I won’t tell you that drastic change always works. You already know that.
This is a time when it’s good to prioritize our life and to understand what we can change, what we should change and what we must change. Diet, exercise, smoke cessation, going to church all seem to top the lists made this time of year. I suggest you write everything down in three categories:
- I want ___
- I need ___
- I Must ___
Write about 5 items for each of the above and put them in order of importance (TO YOU). We’re working on YOU, not someone else. Don’t forget that. Now, put a start date and use realistic goals. Pick one of each and do it.
The key to this is a very boring word: MODERATION. That is the key to just about everything, particularly in the medical field. Over-abundance and under-nourishment are completely different when it comes to eating, but both have poor end results. The same is true with just about anything because you will become burned out, unhappy and feel like you can never reach your goals.
So… The word for the year is Moderation. Have Mcdonald’s if you absolutely have to, but just once in a while. Work out hard, but give yourself adequate rest. Get on a weight loss program, but remember if you’re losing more than 2 lbs per week after the first week you need to settle down.
Ultimately my advice is this: Make your resolutions according to what is absolutely necessary, what will effect your happiness. The resolutions should be long-term, might as well make your resolutions for next year while your at it so you know where you’re going.
If back pain, neck pain or anything else I work with at the office is bothering you, come get it fixed now. Why wait? I would personally rather see you get better in 3 visits now than 12 visits 6 months from now.
Finally… Throw out the dang scale. Forget the BMI chart. They are worthless in reality. Have your body fat tested to measure progress.
Dr. Patten, Chiropractor in Gulfport, MS