Welcome to 2016! With the New Year comes new goals and dreams. Are you one of the 45% of Americans who make New Year’s resolutions? Being three weeks into the New Year, how are you doing with them? According to statistics collected by the University of Scranton for the Journal of Clinical Psychology, 71% of people who make New Year’s resolutions generally keep them for the first two weeks, but by the end of the first month, the number declines to 64% and at six months, only 46% of people are still working on those resolutions.
Any guesses as to the number one New Year’s resolution in 2015 (and I am willing to bet will still be number one in 2016)? According to the same set of statistics, losing weight tops the list. How many of you agree and even perhaps have it on the top of your resolution list? I know it has frequently topped my list. Do you wonder how and if you can succeed? The short answer is: Yes. Let me explain…
Dieting versus healthy eating
I have struggled with weight for most of my life. I would gain, get frustrated, choose a “diet,” and lose 20-30 pounds. Then something would happen; I’d quit and gain back 40 pounds. It felt like a never-ending cycle. I would exercise, but nothing ever seemed to be enough. I tried just about every “diet” plan and workout on the market, but each turned out to be a failure, which then translated into me being a failure. But a few years ago, I had a conversation with a friend about what she was reading. It was a book on healthy eating, versus dieting. There is a difference. She challenged me to read it. I discovered avenues I had never pursued before, and decided healthy eating was worth a try. In the first week, I lost five pounds. Tell me that isn’t exciting! As I continued down this path, the weight dropped and I started to feel better, too.
Enter Genesis PURE
A few months later, this same friend invited me to a home presentation about health and wellness. I sat politely and listened, but inside all I saw were red flags. Cleanse, Balance, Build, Love? That’s how you get healthy? Everyone always asks how and why you got involved in Genesis PURE. The how was a friend invited me. The why was to prove their philosophy wrong. I wanted to find the hole in the system that would make everything crumble. However, I have to say in the two-and-a-half years that I’ve been using Genesis PURE™ products, I have been unable to find that hole.
When you give the body what it needs, it will be able to do what it was created to do. If you feed the body health and wellness, it will provide health and wellness. If you feed the body garbage, well, that’s what will come out. Don’t try this yourself; simply believe it from someone who has done it enough.
I have shared my story at Genesis PURE events and am frequently asked, “What products did you use to lose weight?” I tell them to find what works for them. It is honestly not about a specific product or group of products, it is about a philosophy of cleansing and building your body, when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise. There is no magic juice or pill that is going to help you take the weight off; and I encourage you to run far, far away from any company or plan that makes those claims.
Cleanse, Balance, Build, Love
- Cleanse your body. Our world is swarming with toxins. They are in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. And, they’re not just physical. We have mental toxins – negative thoughts that create barriers to success. We have people toxins – they just make life extra difficult. Sometimes, you have to do a total life cleanse. This is about you and being the healthy, vibrant person you were created to be.
- Balance your body. Every system in the body strives to maintain status quo. When something is out of balance, our bodies will do what’s necessary to get that balance back. For instance, we know calcium supports strong bones and helps regulate certain activities of our heart, muscles and brain. When we don’t get enough, the body will take the calcium from other parts of the body in order to maintain balance, keep the heart, muscles and brain functioning, and essentially keep you alive. Since calcium is stored in bones, the body breaks down and weakens bone to restore this balance. We must supply the body with what it needs to stay balanced. Not only physical balance, but emotional, mental and spiritual balance, too. Sleep. Take time for yourself (and don’t feel guilty). Find ways to decrease stress. This all brings balance to the body.
- Build your body. We must provide our body with the basic nutrients needed to be strong and healthy. Also, one size NEVER fits all. You must find and give your body what it needs to be healthy. Start with the basics, a multivitamin is probably good for everyone, but is there anything else? Maybe you need Goji or sulfur. Find something you enjoy and do it. Exercise; the body needs movement to become strong and healthy. As we grow and change, so too will your body’s needs to become stronger. Respect yourself, too.
- Love your body. This may be the most important part of the philosophy. If you do not love yourself, you cannot succeed. You have to decide that YOU ARE WORTH THIS. You have to do it for you; not for someone else or to match the airbrushed models seen in a magazine. You must get healthy for you. And if you haven’t heard it from anyone else, hear it from me. YOU ARE WORTH THIS.
It is also nice to have the love and support of the people closest to you. My Genesis PURE team, or family rather, has provided much of that. When I lost my first 100 pounds, my Black Diamond leaders threw me a 100-pound party. And, the couple who introduced me to Genesis PURE has continued to support my journey, they correct me when I get off track, and they even ran a half marathon with me. My Genesis PURE family has been my biggest cheerleader and I can pretty much guarantee yours will be for you as well. We must love and support each other. I believe it’s the only way to fully embrace the philosophy of Genesis PURE and move toward total health and wellness.
A great way to support each other is by joining the Fit Club Challenge to network with like-minded people. Join today and start receiving support from people who are dedicated to the same goals as you. Love yourself and accept love and support from those around you who really do care. They cared enough to share Genesis PURE with you.
I used Genesis PURE’s philosophy, combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise, to lose weight and keep it off. One hundred and twenty pounds later, I can tell you it works. It will work for you too if you believe and live it. It isn’t going to be easy and some days will be more successful than others. The best things rarely come easily, but they are always worth the fight.
This is your year. It’s your time not just to lose the weight, but to become the healthy person you were created to be. Make that your resolution for 2016.
YOU. GOT. THIS.
Carrie Beth Smith, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Carrie Beth is a seasoned expert in the field of pharmacology whose perspective on well-being will help carry Genesis PURE’s vision to the world. She finds her greatest motivation in coaching others to improve their overall health and wellness.
Weight loss results may vary based on individual users. Genesis PURE products are designed to be used in conjunction with a sensible diet and regular exercise. Persons interested in using Genesis PURE products or programs to maintain healthy weight should consult with their health care provider prior to beginning any new nutrition and exercise program.