Here we sit again in a brand new year contemplating what we might accomplish over the next 365 days. As I look back on my list of resolutions from last year, I feel defeated.
I set goals in 4 important areas: spiritual growth, family, health, and writing. Even though I promised myself I would accept imperfection, I’m still consumed with thoughts of failure.
Here’s the thing… Resolutions are overwhelming. We plan how we will succeed in every area of our lives for the upcoming year. It’s way too much.
So this year, I’m focusing on one word. Just ONE.
I chose this particular word because I have come to the conclusion there is no moving forward without my health. Everything else is dependent on my mind and body cooperating.
Over Christmas break, I spent a depressing amount of time in bed sick. There were definitely viruses involved, but I know the abuse to this body of mine over the past few years of out of control eating played greatly into my inability to heal.
There are still many areas of my life that need improvement, including all the topics I chose last year. I want to improve my relationships, grow closer to God, and write that book I’ve been planning for far too long. However, I can’t do any of this without proper health.
I can’t agree more with Joyce Meyer’s thoughts on this incredible gift:
During my 31-day food addiction recovery and 21-day detox, I was a different woman. My headaches went away. I enjoyed my family more. My mind cleared. I dropped some of the many unnecessary pounds I painfully carry around.
They were both beautiful periods in my life. When I stopped each of the programs and went back to my addictive, unhealthy eating patterns, I became exhausted and depressed again.
Clearly 21, or even 31 days are not long enough for me to change my ways. A year, 365 days, sounds much more like the possibility of real and lasting habit formation for a woman with my deeply ingrained issues.
I truly believe we can’t lose in focusing on one word for a solid year. When I get to the end of 2015 and have moved forward in any health related issue— more energy, less sugar, consistently cooking meals for my family…, I will count it as a success. I won’t have my usual oversized list of resolutions to bring me down.
With a healthier body and clearer mind, I’ll choose a new word for the next year. This one word concept is brilliant. I wish I knew who started it so I could properly thank them.
What word would you choose for 2015? I’d love to hear from you!
*For my friends following my turning to food series, the monthly update will resume this month. I stepped away for December to spend some extra time with my family. I’m looking forward to catching up on the latest victories and struggles with our food addiction battles.