Seeing as it’s the beginning of a new year, I was thinking about how we often thing of the new year as a chance to make a fresh start. An opportunity, if you will, to make positive changes in our lives and in the lives of others. It made me think about first choices.
First choices are important and sometimes can alter the course of our lives. Some choices are small and inconsequential, but others are major life changing events. Think about some of these choices we make during our lifetime:
♦ Where and If To Go To School
♦ Married or Not?
♦ Children or Not?
♦ Employment Choices
♦ Moving and Relocation
♦ Financial Decisions
These choices are all important and have the potential to change the course of our lives. For me, I’ve made some good choices, like marrying John, and some not so good choices, like gaining 158 pounds. I remember very clearly knowing that the choice to eat a fried Monte Cristo sandwich, loaded Nacho plate, and Death by Chocolate dessert all in one meal wasn’t a good one, but I ignored my inner good sense and ate it anyway. And then I made choices like that over and over again. I can’t pinpoint the first choice that sent me on my weight gain journey, but I can sure pinpoint a series of poor choices that led me down that road.
I can’t pinpoint the first bad choice, but I can clearly remember the first choice I made when I started on my journey to lose over 150 pounds. I chose to turn my back on the foods and the lifestyle that were slowly killing me and face the fact that almost every area of my life choices needed changing.
The first two things I did decide to change the way I ate and commit to daily exercise. And believe me – those choices were hard to follow through on. I loved chocolate, cheese, and chips and ate them all day long. I hated exercise and avoided it like the plague. But those first choices laid the groundwork for the hundreds and thousands of choices that would follow during the 14 months it took me to lose all my weight.
The wonderful thing about first choices is that you always have a chance to make a new one. So perhaps your holiday choices weren’t as fabulous as you planned. It’s okay – make a new First Choice to move you closer to your personal goals.
As you start your New Year – what’s the first choice you are going to make? Will it be to exercise more or differently? Will it be to embrace trying new foods? Or do you need to say a temporary good-bye to foods that are hurting you? What’s your New Year First Choice? Diane