Becoming Your Best Self in 2019

Monday, January 28, 2019
I know I have said this a few times now, but honestly - how is 2019 already here and how is January almost finished already? Time really is flying by in the blink of an eye, but I’m not complaining because that means I’m having fun with it. I will admit though - 2018 was not *the* best year that it could have been. A lot of the time, we set out intentions and goals and by March, we forget about them. This was a bit how my past years have been - I haven’t really stuck to any long-term resolutions because I have always shot way out of reach.  
What I mean by that is that in the past, I have not set the easiest goals. For example, if you set a goal to lose 30 pounds by February, you will most likely fail. If you set a goal to work out every single day in 2019, although you have good intentions, you will probably end up failing. The way to set goals that are achievable is to set attainable goals.  
That’s why this year, I want to create my best self. I’m not setting anything in stone, as long as everything I do helps me reach my goal of becoming my best self in 2019. Easy enough, don’t you think? Here are a few ways that I am becoming my best self this year: 
Like I mentioned, I am not setting any goals that are unreachable for me, so I do not really have a set number of times per week that I need to work out. All I know is that I want to start making exercise even more of a priority in my life. I want to not only start working out more, but I also want to find what I love the most. There are so many programs out there and I truly believe that there is something for everyone, no matter how much you love or dislike working out. From hot yoga to pilates, weight lifting, HIIT training, and cardio, there is so much to explore and I am in it for the long run this year!  

Healthy Eating 
Once again, I am not setting a set goal for this - I just know that I want to eat as healthy as I possibly can, in order to fuel my body. If I mess up, that’s okay - cheat days (or weeks) are not going to be a deal breaker for me. But, I want to try my best on this one because it is what will keep me healthy and thriving throughout the years to come. Another reason that I am not being so strict with myself is because of the fact that a healthy diet is not just about what you are eating. It’s also about how much you are eating. NHS says, “The key to a healthy diet is to: 
  • Eat the right amount of calories for how active you are, so that you balance the energy you consume with the energy you use. If you eat or drink too much, you'll put on weight. If you eat and drink too little, you'll lose weight.  
  • Eat a wide range of foods to ensure that you're getting a balanced diet and that your body is receiving all the nutrients it needs. 
It is recommended that men have around 2,500 calories a day (10,500 kilojoules). Women should have around 2,000 calories a day (8,400 kilojoules). Most adults are eating more calories than they need, and should eat fewer calories.” 

Doing What You Love 
I am a huge believer in the phrase, “Life is short.” I also believe that it’s too short to be in a job that you dislike, or in a relationship that is not healthy and beneficial for you (and your partner). This can honestly go for anything, no matter how big or small and I truly do think that we all need to prioritize happiness more each and every day. Life really is too short to be unhappy, so by focusing on the things that we love, we are not only staying happier, but we are working towards becoming our best selves.  
Regular Appointments 
I guess you can say that this is my only set goal - I want to make it to every necessary appointment this year. So, I need to go to the doctor for a physical at least once a year and I need to go to the dentist at least twice a year. Why? Because that is how I know that I am currently healthy and will stay healthy throughout the year. If put your health on the backburner, it could lead to poor health for the rest of your life and that’s not on your way to becoming your best self, by any means. 
According to Dr. Gary Simms with Metro Decatur Dental Group PC, “Medical studies have shown that good oral hygiene not only helps prevent tooth loss, but can prevent heart disease, dementia and issues of diabetes, as well. You may do a good job brushing and flossing but a dental cleaning goes below the gum line for a more thorough teeth cleaning. During a dental cleaning, Metro Decatur Dental Group PC will remove any tartar and plaque from your  teeth. This will help prevent gum disease. Gum disease can lead to serious problems with bone and tooth loss. Regular dental cleaning lets your dentist monitor your dental health because prevention is a lot easier than intervention when it comes to dental disease.”  

Metro Decatur Dental Group PC specializes in basic teeth whitening, cleanings, fillings, as well as more advanced dental issues and procedures such as dentures, root canals, bridges, crowns and veneers. Dr. Gary Simms obtained his bachelor’s degree in Science at the University of New York. He then went on to obtain his D.M.D degree at the University of New Jersey School of Dental Medicine. After getting his degrees, Dr. Gary Simms opened up a practice in Bronx and then in 2006, he moved to Georgia and opened up Metro Decatur Dental Group PC. His goal is to increase the longevity of his patients teeth while practicing in a very caring and gentle way. Dr. Gary Simms uses his extensive experience in the dental field, in order to provide the highest level of dental care to his patients, with the utmost respect. He is most known for his calm and caring demeanor, as well as his ability to help produce fantastic results from his clients. If you are looking for a new dental office in the Metro-Atlanta area, Metro Decatur Dental Group PC just might be the right place for you! Check them out at their website for more information. 

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