As Winston Churchill so succinctly stated, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
The experience of finding out that your health is in jeopardy because of weight, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, etc., can be a jolt. Such awareness may be the first step in accepting that bad and destructive habits need to change. Resolutions need to, and should, be made. A resolution is a decision to make a change. Drastic measures may need to be taken in order to change behaviors that may have driven original good health into the ground.
And, if all is currently fine health-wise, then why not change bad habits before poor health hinders your happiness?
Making and keeping resolutions can be broken down into two simple and basic steps:
1) Learning what to do.
2) Doing it!
But, what happens between numbers one and two, and actually making the commitment and sticking to the resolutions?
Making a resolution may be a start, but that’s the easy part. There’s no doubt that writing down your New Year’s resolution is helpful, because it helps clarify the decision to make significant changes. Doing them is the hard part. The perseverance of trudging along when gratification and progress are slow is the long, hard haul.
It takes an ongoing commitment and continual motivation, day after day, after day, for change to happen and to stay on the road to health. We all know this is true, but then find ourselves asking, “When I know what to do, why don’t I keep on doing it?” Where does the motivation go? What happens to the desire to do better regarding a healthy diet and exercise program?
The words HUBA~HUBA can help us remember four simple steps to gain motivational momentum. Let’s break it down. The letters H•U•B•A stand for:
Hearing and Acting alone are almost a laughing matter (HA~HA) without the middle two: Understanding and Believing. But all four can create a concrete commitment to persevere in keeping those all-important resolutions.
Here’s more on the first two words of our acronym H•U•B•A, hearing and understanding:
1) HEARING the experts’ experience and research is helpful in the learning process of knowing what to do. This is the first step. It is crucial to learn what we need to know, and to find out what actions we need to take in order to have a healthy life experience. Ignorance is no excuse.
2) UNDERSTANDING the information is key. What we hear regarding why it is vital to change poor eating and exercise habits is the second step. Understanding the connection between dietary habits and health problems brings insight to their causes and consequences.
You will never rest from your up-and-down dieting attempts until hearing and reading lead to learning and understanding. Understanding leads to hope that you can change and that you can take actions to improve your health.
Start right now:
- Write down three resolutions you’d like to accomplish this coming year.
- Post them where they can be easily seen every day.
- Each day note the benefits that would be the result of keeping each one.
- Read them daily to be reminded of why you want to change in each area.
- Get a 6”x9” notebook to chart your progress.
- Chart your progress and watch junk food intake and weight go down.
Next we’ll study the last two letters of H•U•B•A, believing and action.
“Trees of Glass,” was taken after a Christmas ice storm. It presented a picturesque scene between Galena, Illinois, and Chicago.
by Terry Tasche, R.N., B.S.N.
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