Can you believe it’s March already? Seems like yesterday we were kicking 2020 “badbye” and here we are in the third month of the year. From the heading you can guess what I’m going to say next. How are you doing with your New Year’s resolution? If you’re like most people, chances are you’re not doing so well.
We start out January with great intentions. We resolve to lose weight, eat healthy, exercise more, gain control over our finances or to generally have a more positive outlook. Some of us have no problem keeping our resolutions.
But for many of us, shortly after the New Year, a week or two or even a month in, we begin to slide back into our old ways, and by March we have completely given up on our resolutions.
Why do so many people have problems following through?
Researchers give several reasons for this. Among them are :
Willingness to change a bad habit
Setting unrealistic goals
Lack of support or accountability
Now you know some of the reasons you fail in keeping your New Year’s resolutions, it’s time to do something about it. Get back on track.
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Like almost everyone else, you either know someone who has had cancer, is suffering with cancer or has died from cancer. Or maybe you yourself fall into one of those categories. You may have thought it could never happen to you. I did too, and so did my husband. Then came 2017, and he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, as common in men as breast cancer in women. Fortunately for him, he took it all in stride –radiation treatments, Lupron shots and frequent trips to the doctor. Today, he is cancer free, although he does have other health issues.
Then the following year, a routine blood work showed something was wrong with my kidney. Long story short, they found a small mass on my kidney. I too was fortunate that they found it early so I was able to have a radio-frequency -ablation (RFA), which burned off the cancer cells. Follow up tests reveal no evidence of enhanced growth or cancer cells. Praise God!
I Am and I Will
I’m writing about my experience with cancer because today is World Cancer Day, a day set aside to raise awareness and education about cancer, and to to encourage governments and individuals to take action against this terrible disease. That means this day is aimed at each one of use. In fact, the theme for 2020 is “I Am and I Will.” Who are you and what will you do to help rid the world of cancer? You can begin by educating yourself and those around you about cancer. And as a health coach, I think it’s my duty to pass on the knowledge I have to help in the fight against cancer.
Cancer can be prevented
The good news is that of the 9.6 million cancer deaths that will occur this year, at least one-third of those can be prevented if people know the risk factors and take the necessary steps to prevent the disease. Topping the list of preventable risk factors is smoking, followed by obesity then alcohol consumption.
What can you do?
If you want to do your part to spread cancer awareness and help prevent yourself and others from getting cancer, do the following:
If you are a smoker, quit. Vaping and second-hand smoke are just as dangerous.
If you are overweight or obese, modify your diet to include more fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, peas, beans and lentils. Limit processed foods, red meat and saturated fats.
Get at least 30 mins of exercise 5 days a week.
Limit alcohol consumption to one drink per day.
So today, whether or not you have been touched by cancer in some way, don’t wait. Take the necessary steps outlined above. See your doctor even if you don’t have any symptoms and follow his/her advice. If you find it difficult to modify your diet or start an exercise routine, I would be happy to help you. Sign up for my newsletter below where you can get more health tips and learn more about my coaching program.
Jesus asked this question of a disabled man who had been sitting poolside for thirty-eight years, “Do you want to be well?” It was believed that an angel came during a certain season and troubled the water and whoever got into the pool first after the angel had stirred it up would be cured. Jesus’ question was not a sarcastic one.
Rhetorical, but not sarcastic. Just as He is saying to you right now, “Do you want to be well? Do you want to be free of diabetes, high blood pressure, low energy, depression? Do you want to look and feel your best? Then follow Jesus’ advice to the disabled man: “Take up your bed and walk!” You have been sitting by the pool for too long waiting for someone to put you into the water. But no one will do it. Everyone is too busy looking after himself.
Today is the day. Take up your bed and walk! Get into that pool! Do what you should have done a long time ago. Your life depends on it.
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3: 13 – 14
Forget the past
With the new year just under a month old, some of you may still be thinking about what goals you can set for your health this year. Or, if you have already set them, how can you achieve those goals? Usually, when we are trying to achieve something worthwhile, doubts may crop up in our minds. And with the doubts will come memories of past failures. You joined a weight loss program a few years ago, lost a few pounds then gained them back with a few more. You took out a gym membership, went faithfully for the first couple weeks then a new work schedule sent all your efforts into a tailspin. On and on, your mind keeps spinning out these negative reminders until you throw up your hands in disgust and say, “Why bother?”
Don’t give up
If you have read this far, know that it is always too soon to give up. The verse above is a quote from the apostle Paul telling the church at Philippi to forget what is behind and strain toward the prize that lies ahead. In other words, forget the failures, forget the efforts that didn’t produce the results you’d hoped for and “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” This does not apply only to health and fitness, but to anything in your past that may be hindering you from moving forward.
Does God want you to be fit and healthy? You bet He does. He doesn’t want you to be sluggish and burdened by all kinds of diseases. He wants you well so you can serve Him and others and be all He created you to be. So, today, forget what is behind, press toward that goal of radiant health and see the changes begin to take place in your body. God bless.
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