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January 8, 2013

At the new year’s start, choose to change

ENID, Okla. — Do you want to change in 2013? Think about it.

How? Think about it.

As I said in last week’s column, I have taken a big step in my life and joined TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly). It is a change for the better. I could never look like a runway model, but I would like to be healthier and fit into my clothes better and be able to breathe better and tie my shoes and pick things up off the floor without crawling to a chair for help.

In general, I just choose to make some changes in my life. I want to live a long, healthy life and enjoy every minute of every day. It is up to me to change me.

Every minute of every day, there is something new and improved and “easy” to do, shown on television or in every magazine or newspaper to help us attain a beautiful goal. Those all sound so simple and gratifying, but the truth is, no matter what diet we choose, we have to do the work ourselves. We cannot blame the scales for what we have not done to accomplish our goals.

Let me tell you, folks, there is no easy way to lose weight. But why would we want it to be easy? The most important things in our life did not come easy. It took hard work and sleepless nights to get our college degrees. It takes a lot of dedication to make a marriage work well. It takes a lot of work to keep a home organized and operating smoothly. It takes a lot of discipline to get up and go to work every day.

See, life takes choices, wise choices, to have a satisfying existence.

We pay the price for any wrong choices we make. If I eat a plate of fudge, it shows on the scales. If I eat a healthy salad, it shows on the scales. Which choice should I make? Which choice will I regret later and which will be celebrated?

I was taught when I was just a little kid that I would pay for my own choices. If I didn’t study, I would not make good grades. If I did not make satisfactory grades, I would have to give up certain liberties and fun times until I applied myself to studies. Wise choices don’t begin when we are adults. We have been making choices all our lives — some good, some not so good. But still, it is up to us to decide what we are going to do, or not do, to make life easier and better and more rewarding.

The other day, I saw a television program about a fabulous diet plan that would work miracles. It sounded wonderful, easy, great, fast, and had all the perks we are all looking for. The only drawback is, the miracle has to come from within me. No diet works unless we follow it. I have devised my own miracle program to lose weight. It is working for me.

M: Make a commitment to lose weight and be healthy. Write it out and sign it.

I: I believe I can accomplish my goals. I really WANT to. Just do it.

R: Relax with Yoga or meditation and look within myself.

A: Ask God or my TOPS pals or friends for guidance and support. Then listen.

C: Choose healthy foods with whole grains and little or no sugar. No junk foods.

L: Love myself enough to take better care of myself. I am worthy.

E: Exercise some every day, some way. Move. Walk 10,000 steps.

It is that simple, but not so simple after all. It all depends on me. I am the only one who can do it for me.

I talk about losing weight as if that is the only goal anyone has for the new year, but there are many kinds of aims and goals we wish for. Wishing doesn’t make it so; working does.

Every wise choice we make helps us change or reach or goal.

I don’t know about you, but keeping a diary helps me be accountable. I write down what I eat and when. I keep track of fresh vegetables and fruits and water consumed. I also make a list of things I want to accomplish each day and check them off as I do them. This keeps me on track.

Years ago, I memorized a beautiful poem by Edgar Guest about making choices and living with our choices and liking ourselves:

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