by Barbara Berkeley, MD
The New Year reminds us that life is cyclical and that the earth is constantly turning a page. With each year, we advance further and further into the book....nevertheless, the page is new.
I've never been a fan of resolutions at this time of year, simply because none of us take them seriously. Yet the idea of resolving to change is an important one since it reminds us that we can make major alterations in our life if we want to badly enough.
This week, I saw many patients who had lost 30, 40, 60 and even 100 pounds. When I looked at them with fresh eyes, I realized that they had also gone back in time. They now looked significantly younger. They walked and moved as if they had taken 10 or 20 years off the clock. They had a sparkle in their personality and optimism in their speech. To each of them, I said this:
"You have given yourself the gift of re-setting the clock. In a very real way, you have the opportunity to go back ten or twenty years and live that period of your life over again. Knowing that, what would you do differently this time? Make sure you do it! And don't let history repeat itself because this gift is a special miracle that you have created and it may not come again."
If you are just beginning to consider a new approach to your health and body, please spend 2014 in a campaign to win this prize. Block out everything that seduces you to eat the standard diet, create your own strong rules, re-connect with your body by moving it joyfully every single day. Let the effort make you high rather than drag you down. Detox from modern life and laugh at it. Regain time.
If you have lost weight and unwrapped the gift this year, enjoy and revel in it. Remember that being smaller is just a tiny part of your project. You cleaned up your room this year, but now you've got to maintain it as the pristine thing it has become. Do this by continuing to explore ways to be strong and healthy and by refusing to allow the modern diet and the habits of modern life to corrupt your resolve. Stay proud, view the ongoing battle with humor, and value the way your live so that you can defend it to others.
In short readers, be tough and hold onto your purpose.
Our years on this earth are few. My goodness, it is already 2014. Let's all resolve to write a chapter of health, happiness, youth, strength and gratitude on this year's page.
I value and appreciate each and every one of you. Thank you so much for following me and I wish you the very best in this New Year.