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Looking Back – Moving Forward: Making Lifestyle Decisions:

Dr. Mao Shing Ni – Special To The Mirror

Janus, the Roman god of transition, could look both backward and forward. Let’s keep old Janus in mind as we examine our past and plan for a happier, healthier future.

Looking Back

Once we figure out what we want to accomplish, we can improve just about anything in our lives. Look back at yourself, and choose one goal to accomplish in the upcoming year. Are you stressed over money, a tad overweight, don’t eat properly, mad … sad … or something else?

Start Small

You are only human after all, so why not make a plan that is possible to stick with. As you see progress, you will feel pretty darned good about yourself. Conversely, if your plan is too vague or unrealistic, you may lose your motivation and end up right back where you started.

Incremental Changes

Work toward a goal and build upon your success over the course of a year. By making one small change every month, you will have achieved 12 important steps toward reaching our goal by year’s end. Better yet, talk a buddy into going on this adventure with you because two heads are always better, and more fun, than one.

Attending a workshop that can help you gather support and create a plan makes this process easier because it gives you a starting point and direction. This year I am holding a Live Your Ultimate Life Workshop on January 31st at Yo San University to give people the extra jump into the New Year.

First Things First

Write up a 12-month plan; you can always modify or add to it later. For example, eat up all the junk food in the house during month #1, but do not replenish the stockpile. At the same time, use this month to find healthier alternatives for chips, soft drinks, dessert, or whatever it is that rings your bell.

Awareness Counts

You may be surprised to discover that you’re not actually hungry when you grab a snack or open the refrigerator door. We humans tend to snack as a relief for anxiety or boredom, to avoid a task that we don’t want to do, or because we are tired or thirsty. 

Channel Your Inner Adult

It’s the rebellious six-year-old within us that buys unhealthy snacks, who procrastinates, who eats or drinks too much. Of course we all have a needy, tired, bored six-year-old within us, but think about it … laugh, close the cupboard door and make yourself a cup of tea.

May you Live Long, Live Strong, and Live Happy!

 Dr. Mao, best known as Dr. Mao is a bestselling author, doctor of Oriental Medicine and board certified anti-aging expert. Dr. Mao practices acupuncture, nutrition, and Chinese medicine with his associates at the Tao of Wellness in Santa Monica, Newport Beach and Pasadena. Dr. Mao and his brother, Dr. Daoshing Ni, founded the Tao of Wellness more than 25 years ago in addition to founding Yo San University in Marina del Rey. To learn more about the Live Your Ultima

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