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Happy New Year! What’s Your 2011 Health Plan?

written by Head Health Nutter January 1, 2011

It’s officially 2011 – Happy New Year! Have you made a resolution? I spent much of yesterday contemplating how I’d like 2011 to look for me and came up with a few ideas. I’d love to share my resolution, health plan and goals with you, and hear about yours!

First, I’d just like to say I find my subconscious extremely funny. Yesterday morning I was all gung-ho in my 2011 preparations but as the day progressed, I found myself procrastinating in writing this post. A headache developed and I greeted January 1, 2011, with a soft, painful thumping in my left temple. Boo.

Thankfully it’s gone now (Whoo Hoo!) and I’m guessing it was all a physical manifestation of fear, anxiety and guilt. How so? Well, my vision isn’t as clear this year as previous years and I’m a little short on confidence these days (both of which are most likely due to my current health status).

By publishing my intentions for all to read, I’m opening myself up to judgement and a level of accountability that’s currently uncomfortable for me. The anxiety is probably coming from the resistance my ego is kicking up in response to the upcoming lifestyle changes. And the guilt is easy to identify: I said in Confessions of a Fallen Health Nut that I’d publish my health plan yesterday and since I didn’t, my integrity is shot (once again). Damn.

But I’m not letting any of this stop me! I’m moving forward and will do my utmost best every day to fulfill my plans for 2011 because I know I have strength and power to do it. So here’s what I’m doing this year and a little on how I arrived at it all (please take anything you find useful):

2011 Vision

For me, it all starts with a clear vision of what I’d like my year to look like. I meditate on it and experience all the upcoming goodness and emotions as it’s happening in my mind. Then I journal it, making certain to phrase it all in present tense.

If this vision is clear enough, the rest of the planning is a cinch. In addition, priorities become more apparent. Everything is a choice so when your vision is crystal clear and your ready to fully embrace it, you know what to say yes to (everything aligned with your vision) and what to say no to on a daily basis.

Update: if you’re curious about my vision, you’ll find it in Why Being Healthy Is Worth the Effort.

2011 Resolution

Normally I stick to goals and a plan rather than break resolutions but this year I was inspired by The Five-Percent Rule written by Wendy Strgar. It’s well worth the 2 minute-read but basically it’s about committing to a process rather than an outcome, realistic expectations and striving to improve just a touch more than yesterday.

My 2011 resolution then is to raise my consciousness level by at least 5%. If you’re confused as to what I mean, check out Steve Pavlina’s post where he covers the levels of consciousness in David Hawkins’ Power vs. Force (an awesome book!).

I’m aiming for Love. Although I’m already a very loving person, I recognize there’s a huge difference between `being loving’ and `being Love.’ When you’re living in the state of Love, you are at peace. You fully and completely accept yourself and others. You live compassionately and forgive easily. You transcend ego.

2011 Health Plan

When living in the state of Love, I see it as treating myself, others and the planet with love and respect. Basically, healthy, balanced living!

When I choose to smoke, drink too much alcohol, eat junk food, overeat in general, etc., and because I know what it does to my body, it’s almost as if I’m punishing myself. Although, it’s a little more complicated than that because I’m pampering (feeling sorry for) myself with instant gratification that ultimately packs a latent punch.

So resolving to be in the state of Love starts with treating myself with more respect this year. While I’m still working out the details and coming up with dates, here’s my 2011 health plan so far:

  1. Develop a healthy routine. (sleep & exercise) Knowing how much our bodies love and respond to a routine and since I work from home, this is my first step to becoming healthier this year. Back in September I started with a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise daily. I’ll continue this and have devised an exercise routine that includes stretching, weight-resistance and cardio (starting small & progressing – my M2 will help here). In addition, since the day begins and ends with sleep, my first healthy habit of 2011 is to consistently retire between 10-11pm and rise between 6-7am.
  2. The Hormone Diet. (nutrition) I had such fantastic success with Dr. Natasha Turner’s program and it’s so easy to follow that I’ve decided to do it again. It takes 21 days to develop a habit so while I’m working on my healthy sleep habit in January, I’ll reread the book and procure the supplies to be ready to start the Hormone Diet in February.
  3. Stop smoking. (body) This is a biggie and I plan on a spring date because it’s a great time for a new beginning. Plus, it’ll give me a few months to prepare by reducing my intake, working on a healthy routine and practicing healthy stress-management techniques.
  4. Practice cycling. (mind) You may remember me introducing you to Bill Bengston or to his work in my list of 20+ gifts for health nuts. Cycling is his hands-on healing technique and while it’s more of a personal goal rather than a healthy habit, it promises benefits like strengthening my mind and manifesting my desires!
  5. Practice emotional alchemy. (soul/emotions) For those of you who missed it in my interview with Sandra Ingerman, emotional alchemy is the talent of transforming emotional states. Sandra teaches us a few of her tricks in transforming negative to positive emotions in her book How to Thrive in Changing Times.

All of these healthy habits, except for #4, tie in with my resolution for treating myself better. Most of it focuses on self-care so even if I increase my self-care efforts by even 5%, I’ll consider 2011 a success!

2011 Goals

Health is just one area of life so I’ve also devised plans & goals for the other parts of my life:

  • Relationships
  • Blog
  • Business
  • Home

This is a health blog so I haven’t gone in detail here but I have anywhere from 1-8 goals for each of these life areas. Since the first part of the year will be focused on my health (which will give me the energy I need to accomplish my other goals), I’ll be scheduling start and due dates for these closer to the summer and later in the year.

Hopefully this post helps you in some way in creating a plan for 2011. If not, Resolutions for All 7 Chakras and What’s on Your Stop-Doing List? may have something useful for you.

Thank you for reading this post and witnessing my 2011 intentions (as well as my struggles). Although it’s scary, I’ve heard that it helps to make your goals public so with that in mind, I’d love to hear what you want your 2011 to look like!

Do you have a New Year’s resolution, health plan or goal(s) you’d like to share?

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Devin January 3, 2011 at 4:09 am

My fiance and I resolved to find ways to cut our holiday cocktails calories at our nye party. they ended up being a hit. recipes below.

Pumpkin Spice”
2oz TY KU Sake
1oz Vanilla Vodka
0.5oz Pumpkin Liqueur

“Nog-a-Sake”
TY KU Sake
Low Cal Eggnog
1tsp Nutmeg
Shake over Ice

Great recipes and ty ku is lowere in calories than vodka etc so if your 2011 resolution includes staying fit, i’d highly recommend!

Happy New Year!
Devin S 🙂

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Head Health Nutter January 3, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Hey Devon, thanks for popping on by Live Lighter and leaving these healthy cocktail recipes! They sound deeelicious! I’ve never heard of pumpkin liqueur before and I’m anxious to try it. And I just recently tried Sake – love it! Had no idea it was low in calories, either. Thank you, again, and Happy New Year! 🙂

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Devin January 3, 2011 at 7:21 pm

yea, sake and soju! not sure if all of them, but i found this one through a friend and on a low cal recipe site. whre to find it in your area….and happy new year 🙂

http://www.findtyku.com

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Head Health Nutter January 4, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Thank you Devin!

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Head Health Nutter January 4, 2011 at 12:42 pm Reply
Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman January 7, 2011 at 11:19 am

Wow! I’ve just read the list of Levels of Consciousness you wrote about and very, very interesting. I could identify with so many of the lower levels. And reading the higher levels now gives me something to aim for! Thanks Steph, this is deep stuff. I love it!

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Head Health Nutter January 8, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Thanks, Emmanuel! I’m glad you found the info useful.

As Steve Pavlina and David Hawkins mentioned, we slip between different levels of awareness over a lifetime, within a week and I’ve noticed in a single day! Every time I read this info it helps me take a step back to see where I’m at right now and where I’d rather spend most of my days.

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LYNN February 4, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Love the skinny cocktails! Esp since my nye resolution was to drop 10 for my wedding in may! I found that cocktails make a big diff. I’ve liked soju lately.@ devin LOVE TY KU TY , has got like 1/2 the calories of vodka. Not a bad substitute

Try the TY-TINI
1.5 oz ty ku liqueur, .25 oz vodka or ty ku soju (less cals)
squeeze of lemon, splash of any diet citrus soda

ENJOY!
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