Resolution Success Begins Here: 7 Tips to Accomplish Your Goals in 2016


by Christine Hunt

 

Resolutions for 2016

 

What New Year’s resolution have you committed to this year?

 

Have you tried the same resolution in years past?

 

How successful were you in achieving your goals?

 

If not successful, how long did you stick with the resolution?

 

What happened that prevented you from being successful?

 

These are important questions to ask yourself if you have a habit of making resolutions but haven’t been able to see them to completion.

 

The good news is:

Regardless of how long you stick to your resolution, you will make improvements over someone who didn’t commit to anything.

And,

If you can make it through January you have a good shot at being successful for longer.

 

 

The bad news is:

Changing habits can be difficult.  We get outside of our comfort zones and become fearful.

Enthusiasm for our commitment and goals tend to push us hard in the beginning but then we burnout, procrastinate and the zeal with which we started our journey of improvement fades.

Or we are sabotaged by friends and family who have seen it all before and create that bit of doubt that lurks in the dark recesses of our minds.

And lastly, we blame it on willpower.  We just couldn’t resist the temptation to revert back to our old habits.

So what do you do?  Admit defeat?  Convince yourself that it was bad timing or that you shouldn’t have attempted such a mighty goal?  Blame someone or something for your downfall?  And then what do you do?

But more importantly – “How do you feel about it?”  The truth is we tend to beat up on ourselves, feel defeated and label ourselves as failures.

 

Sticking to your New Year's Resolutions

 

Wouldn’t it be nice to break the cycle this year? Imagine success!  Congratulations, you did it!  How does that feel?  If you like the feeling of victory, here are some ways that you can ensure that outcome.

 

  1. Don’t rely on willpower. Willpower takes energy and if you have committed to something that inherently causes you stress, like staying away from your favorite foods, and you are already stressed at work or at home, the willpower will wane.  Your best defenses are to focus on distractions that will take your attention away from whatever is beckoning and to keep the stress levels to a minimum.

 

  1. Set achievable goals.  Don’t set your sights too high.  Look at your resolution as a long term goal that could be broken down into steps or stages.  If you want to quit smoking then resolve to light up a few less times per week.  If losing weight is your goal, give yourself plenty of time to shed the pounds or start with a lower amount to lose.  Then, when you have achieved the first step, you can celebrate your success.  Remember you have the entire year to work on it.

 

  1. Plan ahead.   A New Year’s resolution doesn’t have to be set into place by New Year’s day.  If you haven’t decided on what to change or don’t have any idea as to how you’re going to accomplish your resolution, try taking the month of January to figure it out and then begin taking action in February.   You will be more successful by following a plan and putting one together during the rush of the Christmas season may not be as well thought out as it could be to guarantee your success.

 

  1. Get support. You could also team up with a buddy or a small group of people for support and feedback.  It is always nice to have someone who can share in your accomplishments and will listen when you are feeling vulnerable.  Your buddy or group may or may not be working on the same goals and that is okay.  They may actually be good resources for ideas they have used to keep them on track that may also benefit you.

 

  1. Celebrate your successes. If you wait until you reach your final goal to celebrate you are setting yourself up for disappointment.  Reward yourself for each step of progress.  Keep it positive and don’t deduct points if you mess up a little bit.  If you set a goal to exercise three times a week and only make it twice, congratulate yourself for getting there two times!!  You could even use gold stars on a hanging calendar to keep track and count them up at the end of the month.  Let’s face it if you even go one time you’ve accomplished something.

 

  1. I know I can trainDon’t give up. Be The Little Engine That Could but change “I think I can” to “I know I can”.  If the program you decided on isn’t working for you then try something different.  No one thing works for everyone.  Finding the process that works for you may take some trial and error.  Don’t give in.  Just take a step back, evaluate what worked and what didn’t work and tweak your approach.   Remember, Thomas Edison failed 1,000 times before he succeeded in creating a light bulb that could be used by consumers.

 

  1. Tap your way to success. There is a lot of emotional turmoil that accompanies lifestyle changes.

When you encounter obstacles or consider quitting, feelings of anger, frustration, hopelessness, failure, guilt, shame and loss set in.  EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) reduces this emotional intensity so that you can think clearly, consider alternative solutions and stay on track.  A skilled EFT practitioner can help you stay focused and navigate the obstacles so that 2016 becomes the year of your greatest victories.

 

 

Source: 

Wall Street Journal

New York Times

 

 

To your health!

 


 

What changes would you like to see in your life and what resolutions have you considered this year?

Would you like this year to be better than the last?

Please share your questions and comments below.

 

 


 

 

Christine Hunt is a Wellness Coach and Certified EFT Practitioner and has found that working with the whole person by combining mind/body work, dietary adjustments and movement provides her clients with the tools they need to lose weight (and keep it off), get relief from chronic illness and positively transform their lives.  Contact her for a free, 15 minute consultation to learn why what she does works when other methods have failed.

Christine works with her clients in person, by Skype or phone.  So, if you live away from the Annapolis, Maryland area, she can still work with you.

 

 

 

Ten Tips to Lighten Up the Holiday Blues


by Christine Hunt

 

Dog looking sad.

 

Be merry!!  Be joyful!!  Be of good cheer!!  Gather with friends and family!!  It is the time of giving!!  Seasons Greetings!!  This is what you generally hear during the holiday season.  Everyone is (supposedly) happy and cheerful.

 

And many of us are.  We share our holidays with family and close friends.  We laugh.  We feel good.  But for the adults who live alone or for those who live away from family, Christmas and the holidays in general can be difficult, lonely and sometimes depressing.

 

Some are going through separation or divorce and may feel isolated.  Job and military transfers take people away from family support.  As we age we lose parents and other close family members and the holidays can be filled with grief, sadness and loss that they are no longer a part of our lives.  Even if family is nearby, strife or disagreements amongst its members puts a strain on being cheerful around those who make you anxious or downright angry.  And some people’s jobs require them to work on holidays and they may feel cheated.

 

Woman feeling lonely at Christmas.

 

Feeling lonely, rejected, forgotten, sad, loss, misunderstood, used, angry, alienated, or grief leaves little room for a cheery disposition.  So what can one do to improve their spirits?

 

Here are some ideas to try this year.

 

1.  Try not to compare the day with previous Christmases.  Do something different.  Begin your own traditions.  Have a plan for the day.  You could think of the day as a holiday day off from work and do things that you’ve always wanted to do like read that book you’ve been meaning to get to.

 

2.  Seek out others that you know from work or organizations to which you belong and plan something together.  Many people don’t let on that they are alone since they don’t want to bother anyone or have others feel sorry for them.  Reach out to them and they may be glad that you did. You don’t have to do anything fancy.  Do a pot luck meal and a gift swap.  Que up some traditional or non-traditional Christmas movies to watch together.  Play games to keep the mood light.

 

Holiday meal with friends.

 

3.  With the electronic capabilities of communication these days you can see friends and family from afar.  Plan a specific time to connect with your loved ones by phone or video conferencing so that you can share some of the day with them.

 

4.  You could travel to spend the day with a friend you haven’t seen in years or go on a retreat near home or abroad that you’ve always meant to do.

 

5.  Volunteer to help with a local charity.  It could be serving dinner at a homeless shelter.  Visiting hospitalized children or a nursing home.  You could hand out small gifts or plan Christmas carol sing-alongs to lift everyone’s spirits.

 

 

Christmas dinner at a shelter.

 

6.  If you  are grieving the loss of a loved one it is a good time to talk about your feelings or reach out for assistance.  EFT is an excellent methodology to help relieve the emotional turmoil around loss.

 

7.  If you have family nearby but you don’t get along with them, think of neutral responses that you can say when conflict arises such as:  “Let’s talk about that another time.” or “I can see how you would feel that way.”  Then escape to offer to help in the kitchen, go to the restroom or hang out with the kids.

 

8.  Turn the tide of your thoughts from those of lack to those of gratitude.  We may see Christmas as a time of other people have so much and you have so little.  Think about what you do have.  They can be simple things like good food to eat, your health, a warm, dry home or even that you have a decent job and lifestyle when some around the world, or even in your own community may have much less.

 

I am grateful for.

 

9.  Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is another contributing factor to feeling bad during the holidays.  Make time to get some exposure to the sun.  If you are in a cold climate find a sunny place that may have some protection from chilly winds where you can sit for a while or make it a point to take walks on nice days to get some natural exposure to sunlight.

 

10.  Change how you feel.  Wouldn’t it be nice to shift the way you think and feel about the holidays to thoughts and feelings that are happier rather than be bogged down with loneliness and sadness?

When doing something still doesn’t give you the relief that you need from feeling alone and all the other emotions that accompany it, consider seeking help.

 

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) helps to free you from the feelings of loneliness, sadness, anger, resentment, rejection, loss, grief and other emotions from which you may be suffering.   You have these feelings because of how you reacted to something that happened to you.  EFT helps you resolve those experiences which releases the associated emotions.

 

Why not treat yourself or a loved one to the gift of emotional freedom this year and reap the benefits of it next year and the year after that and the year after that and …..

 

Contact Christine Hunt to learn more about it.

 

Woman in falling snow feeling wonderful.

 

To your health, joy and peace of mind.

 

Source:

Psychology Today

WebMD

CBS News

 


 

 

What do you do to feel good during the holidays? 

Please share your questions and comments below.

 

 


 

 

 

Christine Hunt is a Wellness Coach and Certified EFT Practitioner and has found that working with the whole person by combining mind/body work, dietary adjustments and movement provides her clients with the tools they need to lose weight (and keep it off), get relief from chronic illness and positively transform their lives.  Contact her for a free, 15 minute consultation to learn why what she does works when other methods have failed.

Christine works with her clients in person, by Skype or phone.  So, if you live away from the Annapolis, Maryland area, she can still work with you.

 


 

De-Stressing the Holidays


by Christine Hunt

 

 

Beautiful stressed young woman with gifts

 

The season of peace and love is many times quite the opposite for some people.  It becomes the season of stress and anxiety because the holiday season adds pressure.  Time pressure.  And lots of it.

 

As if our days were not full enough with work and family obligations, we add in Christmas parties, time for shopping, wrapping and sending gifts.  There are special concerts at our children’s’ schools and holiday ballet and chorale performances and even Christmas tree lighting ceremonies.

 

So, our already busy weeks are filled to capacity with more and more commitments and we begin to feel overwhelmed and our stress levels rise.

 

We search for help on the internet and find dozens of tips to reduce our stress.  But some of them require additional shopping to acquire special oils, supplements or foods.  Then more time is needed to learn how to use them.

 

Tapping with fingertipsWouldn’t it be nice to find a way to reduce your stress without all the extra work?  Well, there is something, literally at your fingertips, that can help you.

 

It is called EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) or Tapping.

 

EFT is a powerful self-help method that rapidly reduces stress and the emotional impact of memories that upset us and cause di-stress.

 

So what is it?

 

EFT is a method that combines elements of Cognitive Therapy and Exposure Therapy with Acupressure.  In other words, you think about an experience that caused you emotional discomfort while using your fingertips to tap on a sequence of 12 acupuncture points.  The result is a neutralizing of the intensity of the emotions around the experience and many times a shifting to thinking about it in a different way.

 

This simple process has been clinically proven to reduce stress more effectively than meditation. In addition, peer reviewed medical and psychological journals have published over 20 clinical trials demonstrating EFT’s effectiveness for phobias, anxiety, depression, PTSD, physical pain, weight gain and many other problems.

 

How does it relieve stress?

 

Amygdala location in brain.While thinking about the stressful situation and the associated emotions, you tap through the sequence of acupuncture points.  This helps to calm the amygdala in the brain which is responsible for the fight or flight response when we feel threatened.  When we are under stress, we are in fight or flight mode and cortisol is released into our system.  When the amygdala senses safety, we relax and cortisol release stops.

 

Cortisol has been linked to inflammation in the body which contributes to a host of chronic illnesses like heart disease, arthritis, diabetes autoimmune diseases, cancer and more.  Reducing your stress levels can help reduce your chances of falling victim to one or more of these diseases.

 

The beautiful thing about EFT is that the effects are immediate and long lasting.  There is no special equipment or supplies you need to buy and you don’t have to stop what you are doing to tap unlike meditation and some other therapies.  As long as you have a free hand, you can be tapping and relieving stress.

Peacefully decorating a Christmas tree.

EFT can help to relieve the stress of the moment, but if it is a persistent condition, working with a skilled practitioner will help you uncover the triggers behind it and reduce its affect on your life and health.

 

To learn how to do the process please fill out the form below and request your copy of EFT: An Explanation and begin to experience the holiday season as it was meant to be – full of peace and joy.

 

 

 

To your health!


 

Do you use EFT to reduce stress and  help you through the holidays?  

Please share your questions and comments below.

 

 


 

 

Christine Hunt is a Wellness Coach and Certified EFT Practitioner and has found that working with the whole person by combining mind/body work, dietary adjustments and movement provides her clients with the tools they need to lose weight (and keep it off), get relief from chronic illness and positively transform their lives.  Contact her for a free, 15 minute consultation to learn why what she does works when other methods have failed.

Christine works with her clients in person, by Skype or phone.  So, if you live away from the Annapolis, Maryland area, she can still work with you.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gift of Wellness


by Christine Hunt

A gift for you.

 

At this time of giving many of us struggle with what to give.

 

Our lives are filled with material things so we sometimes turn to making donations on behalf of a friend or loved one.

 

Or we buy them a gift certificate for a service like a massage or a mani/pedicure.

 

Have you considered the gift of Wellness Coaching?

 

Who do you know that struggles with weight loss, lives with a chronic illness like diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, depression, stress/anxiety or other condition that diminishes their enjoyment of life?  Wouldn’t it be nice to give them a gift that results in more joy, less pain and enables peace and relaxation?

 

Hunt for Hope Wellness is offering discount coupons on

Wellness Coaching services for the holidays.

 

First-time clients receive 25% off their initial 90 minute session.

 Returning clients receive 15% off a one hour session.

 

 

Redeem the discount coupons when you purchase your gift certificates or when you schedule appointments to be held before January 30th.

 

 

Gift Certificate

 

Simply fill out the form below to request your coupons and gift certificates or contact me personally to request them and schedule appointments.

 

Healthy, happy familyThe rewards of this life-altering gift are not just for the receiver. 

You also experience the satisfaction and joy of seeing hopes fulfilled.

May your Christmas be merry and your holidays filled with laughter and good health.

 

To your health!

 

 

 

 

 

(Disclaimer:  Coupons will be available until December 31, 2015 and appointments must be scheduled and held before January 30, 2016.  Coupons cannot be used in conjunction with each other for the same client.  Coupons may not be used when purchasing multiple session packages.)

 

 

 


 

Christine Hunt is a Wellness Coach and Certified EFT Practitioner and has found that working with the whole person by combining mind/body work, dietary adjustments and movement provides her clients with the tools they need to lose weight (and keep it off), get relief from chronic illness and positively transform their lives.  Contact her for a free, 15 minute consultation to learn why what she does works when other methods have failed.

Christine works with her clients in person, by Skype or phone.  So, if you live away from the Annapolis, Maryland area, she can still work with you.

 


 

 

 

Please share your questions and comments below.

 

 

 

Anti-GMO Labeling Law To Be Added To End-Of-Year Budget Bill


 

by Christine Hunt

This is what is going on about your food. Genetically Modified food is not just hybridization. It is inserting a chemical, bacteria or DNA from another species into the DNA of a plant or animal (in the recent case of salmon). Please contact your Senators and encourage them to exclude the rider that Sen. Stabenow is trying to include in the end-of-year appropriations bill.  This rider will be a Federal law that will override the ability for any State to pass laws requiring labeling of foods that contain GMO ingredients.  See below for more details. The future of our food is literally at stake. Go to this link to contact your Senators. 

 

Genetically Engineered corn.

GMO corn is genetically engineered with a bacteria called Bacillus Thuringiensis or BT which when the corn borer ingests it, kills the borer by rupturing the intestines. It is being linked to Leaky Gut Syndrome in humans.

 

A Bill to End GMO Labeling for Good

In case you’re still in the dark about the DARK Act, here’s the Readers Digest backgrounder.

Rep. Mike “Agribusiness Puppet” Pompeo (R-Kan.) introduced H.R. 1599 earlier this year. He then managed to rush it through the House, where it passed by a vote of 275 to 150 on July 23 (2015).

The bill is a sweeping attack on states’ rights to self-govern on the issue of GMO labeling, and on consumers’ right to know if their food has been genetically engineered. If the Dark Act becomes law, there will never be GMO labels, safety testing of GMOs, protections for farmers from GMO contamination or regulations of pesticide promoting GMO crops to protect human health, the environment or endangered pollinators.

Under what most of us would consider a fair and democratic process, the bill would move next to the Senate, where there would be the opportunity for debate, amendments and a vote.

But with the July 1, 2016 enactment of Vermont’s GMO labeling law, Act 120, looming, Monsanto is probably thinking it doesn’t have time to slog through a Senate hearing and stand-alone vote, especially as the Senate has yet to introduce its own version of the bill. And perhaps even more daunting than the July 1 deadline, is the prospect that the DARK Act might get watered down, or worse yet killed, in the Senate—a risk Monsanto would likely prefer to avoid.

Sen. Debbie StabenowAccording to reports, Monsanto has convinced Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) to push for a rider to the end-of-year appropriations bill. The rider would keep corporations from having to label GMOs.

The appropriations bill, essentially a budget bill, must pass by midnight December 11. Or the federal government will shut down.

We also learned today that the FDA has approved GMO salmon. Alaska is the only state that has a law in place to require labels on GMO salmon.

Sen. Stabenow’s rider probably won’t preempt labels on GMO salmon because it’s an animal, not a plant. But the rider will make it impossible for states or the FDA to require labels on foods containing GMOs derived from plants.

We will do everything in our power to stop this rider, or any last-ditch effort to stomp out GMO labeling laws. If we fail, we will ramp up the largest Big Food Boycott in history.

Sources told PoliticoPro that Stabenow wants to preempt states from enacting their own GMO labeling laws, before Vermont’s law takes effect in July. Under her plan, according to PoliticoPro, Stabenow’s bill would “sunset” after an unspecified period of time, unless corporations come up with a voluntary, not mandatory, labeling scheme.

How will Sen. Stabenow convince her fellow Senators to pass a law that is opposed by 90 percent of Americans? By forcing Congress, and the President, to either support the legislation—or risk shutting down the government.

 

Americans want GMOs labeled.

 

It’s blackmail, pure and simple. Brought to you by Monsanto, Big Food and the politicians who represent their interests, not yours.

Donate to the Organic Consumers Association (tax-deductible, helps support our work on behalf of organic standards, fair trade and public education). The link is here. 

 

Source:  Organic Consumers Association

 

 

To your health!


 

Do you understand the difference between a genetically modified plant or animal and hybridization?

Please share your questions and comments below.

 


 

  

Christine Hunt is a Wellness Coach and Certified EFT Practitioner and has found that working with the whole person by combining mind/body work, dietary adjustments and movement provides her clients with the tools they need to lose weight (and keep it off), get relief from chronic illness and positively transform their lives.  Contact her for a free, 15 minute consultation to learn why what she does works when other methods have failed.

Christine works with her clients in person, by Skype or phone.  So, if you live away from the Annapolis, Maryland area, she can still work with you.

 


 

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