Are you considering making a New Year’s Resolution?

Did you know people who make specific resolutions are ten (10) times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t make specific resolutions? (1)

Several years ago I made a resolution to improve my health, not on New Year’s Day, but on my Birthday. I had made several attempts at this resolution in the past but could not maintain it long-term. On each attempt, I quickly discovered I still loved ice cream and dealing with severe hypoglycemia more than I loved health. So what was I to do? Pray the Serenity Prayer, and let ice cream and hypoglycemia rule my life?

As I approached my 27th birthday, dealing with frequent low blood sugars, dysrhythmia, being hospitalized twice in the last year, and having a host of female problems, I decided health might be better than ice cream. As a dietitian, I knew “WHAT” to do. My failure was not due to a lack of knowledge, but the inability to consistently put knowledge into action. I needed to know “HOW” to consistently do it and for that I needed help. I could not do this alone. I was ready to do whatever it took to have lasting results.

 

Have you made resolutions of health in the past and broke those resolutions? Well, you are not alone. According to Statisticsbrain.com close to 50% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions and over half meet with failure to the point that we actually have a National Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day. You read that right! January 17 is known as National Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day because people (myself included) have such a hard time sticking to their resolution for even three weeks.

So what is the solution? How can we make lasting change?

I read in the Bible that GOD is the health of my countenance. (Psalm 43:5) So I decided to dedicate my health to Him for one whole year.

I made my plan specific, shared it with my husband and asked for his support.

On my birthday, my husband gave me a new Bible! For a birthday cake, he presented me with a watermelon cut in half, decorated with candles! I was off to a great start; I had tapped into

  • the Power of GOD,
  • the Power of Support and
  • the Power of Accountability.

What will it take for us to stick to our resolutions?

Many times the answer is not found in “WHAT” to do but “HOW” do we get from where we currently are to where we want to be? You do not need to pray the Serenity Prayer, you don’t have to accept your current health state as unchangeable. You can tap into the Power to Change! You can get help

  • from GOD,
  • from your social network,
  • friends,
  • and family, and
  • from those who have had success

putting knowledge into action.

With tapping into the Power to Change, I successfully made it the entire year without a single incident of hypoglycemia, dysrhythmia or female problems. And within five months after my birthday, I was also pregnant (something I was told would not happen without surgery)!

I continued my resolution of health even after the one year was over. And by the grace of GOD, I have enjoyed abundant health for many years now (and I still even enjoy ice cream sometimes)!

If you are still working toward your goals, CONGRATULATIONS! If not, do not despair, you do not need to pray the Serenity Prayer. You simply need to tap into the Power to Change; the Power of GOD, and the Power of Support and Putting Knowledge into Action!

You can embrace health and conquer disease!