Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. ~Hal Borland
Take a moment out of your busy schedule and think back over all the positive changes you've made in your eating, drinking, and activity habits during 2006. List all of them, large and small. You may be surprised just how many you can list.
When you've finished your list, highlight those that have become permanent diet and exercise habits. Maintaining these changes is crucial for your continuing success with weight loss and maintenance.
Next, circle the changes you're still working on making permanent. Find a way to keep these at the top of your priority list so they don't become forgotten.
And finally, list any setbacks you've had. Be sure to call them "setbacks" rather than failures, and take time to reflect on them to find the lesson in each.
When you're all done, forgive yourself for your mistakes and reward yourself for your accomplishments. Take pride in the positive changes you've made, and in knowing that you can do even better in 2007.
Megan Porter, RD