Goals for Your Health

There is something special about entering a new year. Just being able to mentally file away a section of our lives and start with a clean calendar is an event that many of us eagerly desire each year about November.

I would like to encourage you to set aside a time to reflect on the past year and establish some goals for this year; particularly as regards your health. First, take a pencil and paper and write down all the things you had hoped to accomplish last year but didn’t. Then add to this list all the things you can think of that you might like to have as goals for this year. In a moment I’ll give you some ideas that relate to health. Write freely anything and everything that comes to your mind. Don’t be afraid to be creative and entertain all manner of adventuresome thoughts and jot them down. When your imagination slows, look over the list and research any facts you need before you decide which things will be your priorities for 2005. Then record your goals on paper and determine time frames and pathways by which you plan to reach them.

Here are some ideas: Quit smoking, always wear your seatbelt, and exercise your mind as well as your body.

Consult with your doctor to determine your ideal body weight, reach it and maintain it. Drink more water, less alcohol and coffee. Learn about cholesterol and reduce your intake of fats and cholesterol. Take control of your diet.

Get in a routine of walking at a brisk pace at least 3 days a week. Don’t lose weight too quickly… just 1-2 pounds per week.

Eat several small light meals and avoid large ones.

Get rid of outdated medicines.

Cry more, laugh much, give hugs and kisses.

Get your teeth cleaned twice a year and see your optometrist for an eye exam.

Don’t take life or yourself too seriously… lighten up… it will be good for your “good health.”