The start of a new year is somewhat similar to the start of the season of your favorite sport's team. It doesn't matter that they finished in fourth place last year, because this year will be different.
The start of a new year is somewhat similar to the start of the season of your favorite sport’s team. It doesn’t matter that they finished in fourth place last year, because this year will be different. Although a few your better players were traded, you gained some others who have great potential. This year everything will fall into place and the team will make the playoffs and maybe even win it all. However, by the middle of the season it becomes obvious making the playoffs is unlikely and it’s back to “wait until next year.” There are many similarities to the scenario of your favorite team as you look forward to your health in 2015. You are sure 2015 is going to be a better health year than 2014. You have always been aware of how important it is for you to eat a better diet, lose some weight and exercise more. You say to yourself, 2015 is the year to accomplish this goal and it’s not going to be any problem. But for most people it is. For example, studies have shown that approximately 70 percent of people who have lost weight on a weight reduction diet regain the lost weight. Most who have promised to exercise more, fail to do so. There are many reasons for this including claims of being too busy or exercising is boring. So, before you start making plans to live a healthier lifestyle in 2015, be realistic. Be aware that following through on these plans is not easy to accomplish. Seek professional help if needed. Be dedicated because it involves your health. Imagine you are the general manager of your favorite team and the changes that need to be made so the team can actually become a contender. Then, continue your role as a general manager, but this time you are the GM of your own body. Plan how you can realistically accomplish your health goals. Remember, it is very unusual for someone to become a success in any endeavor without hard work and dedication. The same is true when you try to lead a healthier life. As you envision your sport’s team becoming a winner, it’s even more important that you win your own battle, and it is a battle, of practicing a healthier lifestyle. And, your prize for winning will be more than a trophy. It will help insure that you will live a longer and healthier life. Massachusetts-based Dr. Murray Feingold is the physician in chief of The Feingold Center for Children, medical editor of WBZ-TV and WBZ radio, and president of the Genesis Fund. The Genesis Fund is a nonprofit organization that funds the care of children born with birth defects, mental retardation and genetic diseases.