We are two weeks into the new year and I bet you are doing fantastic on your resolutions and goals. In fact, specifically how are you doing on your 2014 health goal?
Kimberly Ruby is our guest blogger this week, sharing her wisdom on vibrant health in the new year. You will find the R.E.S.T. theme comforting if you are a True Life regular and, I hope, challenged to go that extra mile to apply it to your health.
Kim knows her stuff. She is a Certified Nutritionist at University Compounding Pharmacy in San Diego, CA and has been in the wellness industry for over twenty years. She has been facilitating one of the longest running weight management support groups in the nation, meeting weekly for ten years strong. She’s appeared on several local news channels with her informative and lively health segments. Kim is also one of my oldest and dearest friends and I could not be more thrilled to share her article featured in this month’s edition of Refreshed magazine with you.
Your Journey to Vibrant Health
by Kimberly Ruby
Choose Your Attitude. A very wise and highly respected Dean at my college also happened to be my Student Government Advisor. We worked side-by-side with the other elected college students, ensuring 1987 would be the best year my fellow students would experience.
Many of us had financial hardships, others health issues, and some academic challenges. Our Dean, however, motivated every one of us to excel far beyond what we thought possible. His famous saying when we became discouraged was, “have an attitude of gratitude”. He would teach us to look up, thus taking the focus off ourselves.
What a perfect way to begin a new year, by choosing your changes with a grateful heart. As a Certified Nutritionist with a compounding pharmacy, I’ve met with thousands of patients faced with every “health opportunity” imaginable. I’ve observed how attitudes, family support, and the ability to be flexible have affected outcomes. Specializing in weight management with my patients, January is my favorite time of year. People are eager to change and seek professional accountability and expertise. I thrive in guiding my patients in a more vibrant, joyful way of living life. Utilizing visual props, illustrations and acronyms has always been popular with my patients in allowing them to grasp the concept that they can re-create their own health!
Lasting change begins with R.E.S.T.
Lasting change begins with R.E.S.T. Shandel Slaten, a highly successful Executive Coach, is retained by top business owners to conduct “corporate interventions”. She created the R.E.S.T. process to support long-term, sustainable change.
Thankfully, Shandel permitted me to adapt her corporate application of R.E.S.T to a personal wellness and healthy habit model, which has the ability to yield lasting wellness results. Let’s explore this simple, but effective change-tool. First though, unplug, turn-off, and move away from all screens and focus. This is your time to take a “media fast”! If it’s clarity you want, you’ll need to quiet your soul to optimize the benefits of this process.
Right now, as you’re reading this column, how do you feel physically? Do you remember a time when you had more energy, your joints weren’t bothering you, and you had more flexibility and balance? Are you experiencing frustration because of your changing health? All of these “truths” are called your factual reality.
Pen in hand, now begin to write 3-5 core values that are non-negotiable, priorities in your life. Examples: being present for your family, spending quantity and quality time with your spouse or loved-ones, staying out of debt, work satisfaction, transitioning into new life opportunities. Then ask yourself, based on where your health situation is, “Am I able to honor my core values?” Do your daily health habits create conflict or support wellness? You cannot honor your core values if you are not living in optimal health.
Strategize the Future
Here’s the great news. In taking the first step to evaluate your goals for 2014 by honestly examining where changes need to occur, you will be able to determine a strategy for change, either in slow incremental steps, or in leaps and bounds. Naturally, your personal family physician knows you best, so in making any dietary or exercise adjustments, seek their guidance first. Enlist an accountability partner, a counselor, a nutritionist, or a support group. If you really want something, you will find a way; if you don’t you will surely find an excuse.
Ask yourself, “What do I really want for long-term outcomes in my personal health journey?” “What must I do on a daily, weekly, monthly basis to achieve and support my core values?” Determination and motivation fuel sustainable change. But it’s also important to remember most people fail as “Lone Rangers” in permanent behavior changes. There you have it, R.E.S.T but never retreat!
Lastly, be focused yet be flexible. Change rarely happens without a few set-backs. When my patients confess their “unhealthy” behaviors, I remind them we always have another opportunity to return to what we really want for the long-term. It starts today, one thought, one behavior, one victory at a time.
Over the next year, I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with you and if there’s a topic you are interested in, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I may address it in a future column. Oh yes, and whatever happened to that Dean at my college that touched so many lives? He and his wife became very successful publishers, had five amazing kids and are the most authentically grateful people I know.
- Kimberly Ruby