Forget about making 2016 your best year ever.

There is so much pressure to make 2016 the best year ever.

We are encouraged to try to make it our healthiest year, our fittest year, our most satisfying year by every measure!

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You know what I think all that “trying to make this the best year ever” does to us? It makes us run in circles chasing our tails. It makes us crazy.

Forget that!

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There is no need to make 2016 the best year ever.

We don’t need to agonize over every bite we take. We don’t need to feel guilty because we’d rather sit in a movie theater for two hours than spend that time working out.

All of that careful eating and exercising in a quest for our best year ever is a waste of time. Instead of wasting your time, I suggest you make 2016 a happy year. That’s all, just happy, not the happiest year ever.

A happy year is a year in which you are grateful for all that you have. You find happiness inside and spread it outwards. If you give happiness to others it comes back to you.

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A happy year is a year that you spend eating food you enjoy, that makes you feel good. If being overweight doesn’t make you feel good, your feel good food choices are those that taste good, packed full of nutrients, and lower in calories. Sometimes you will treat yourself with treats – foods that are lower in nutrients and higher in calories – and you will enjoy every bite.

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You will find happiness doing things you enjoy doing. That includes sedentary entertainment, if movies are a passion, and physically active pursuits that bring you joy.

I have lots of fun things that involve physical activity. This is one of them!

I have lots of fun things that involve physical activity. This is one of them! I plan to do more riding this year!

Taking my dog and going for an early morning row makes me especially happy!

Taking my dog and going for an early morning row makes me especially happy!

 

Make 2016 the year to just be happy! 

 

Jackie Conn

About Jackie Conn

Jackie Conn is married and has four grown daughters and four grandchildren. She is a Weight Watchers success story. She's a weight loss expert with 25 years of experience guiding women and men to their weight-related goals. Her articles on weight management have been published in health, family and women's magazines. She has been a regular guest on Channel 5 WABI news, FOX network morning program Good Day Maine and 207 on WCSH.