By Shani Petroff
What do you want for the holidays? I have a whole list of items I’d like. There are the big things — world peace, ending hunger and poverty, getting rid of disease, etc., etc., etc. And while I can make some efforts to work toward them (donate to charities I believe in, volunteer, and spread the word about important causes), it’s not really something I alone can ask for and get for the holidays. So that brings me to the smaller (and slightly more selfish) list. And it turns out most of them are gifts I can actually give myself:
I want to feel good about my body. I want to look in the mirror and smile. I want to give myself compliments, not negative comments and critiques. I want a positive mind-set.
I want to stick to the Weight Watchers program. I want to track every day, and stay within my SmartPoints® budget. I want every month to be full of dots on the app.
I want to lose the excuses. I don’t want to give myself permission to slack off on my eating because I was tired, or sad, or in a bad mood. I want to be productive, I want to succeed.
I want to reach my goal weight. I’ve been talking about getting to goal for years, but I’ve slacked off, cheated, and taken breaks from following the plan. I don’t want to do that anymore. I want to become a Lifetime member.
I want to make my social life a priority. I want to go out and date and have fun. I don’t want to be scared to meet new people because I’m self-conscious about how I look. I want to be bold. And I want true love.
I want to push my career forward. I want the books I write to do well. The newest one, Romeo and What’s Her Name, comes out in February, and I want to help spread the word about it. And I want to keep writing. I don’t want to let procrastination or fear hold me back.
I want to spend more time with my family and friends. I want to make sure I tell them that I love them and let them know how much I care. Life is short, and I don’t want to waste the moments.
I want to make my health a priority. I want to eat right, exercise, and treat my body with respect. It’s the only one I’ve got, and I want to make sure it’s in the best shape it can be.
I want to be a good person. I try to be kind, but like anyone, at times I lose my temper or get angry, frustrated, and annoyed. I want to work on having more patience and understanding. I want to treat others like I’d like to be treated all the time.
I want to stick to this list. They are all grandiose, fabulous goals, and almost all of them are in my power. I can do them, if I have the strength and courage. I want to be proud of myself. I want to look back on this list next year, and say I did it!
I wish you all a wonderful holiday!
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