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The start of a new year is a great time to start something new. Having a support group/person may help you keep going. I recently joined a gym and signed up for coaching there. The coach did an assessment of my current physical health including my known problems such as back pain. She tailors the exercise routines so as not to aggravate any problems I have. I started out slow, using light weights and have progressed to heavier weights. It takes a bit of commitment and pushing oneself at times. It is rewarding to see progress. I am working to make healthier food choices.  I believe all foods fit. I try to make healthier food choices more often and ask for small portions of some higher calorie foods. If I am full, I know I should stop eating. In college I had a roommate from Pakistan. She said that she was taught one should stop eating just before feeling full. Sounds like some good advice. Filling your plate with some lower calorie foods such as lettuce and carrots helps to curb overeating.

There are other areas for new beginnings. Toastmasters is a place where one can work on improving communication and speaking skills. One recent guest to the Wilmington Expressives club said he was surprised to learn that Wilmington had a toastmasters club. It is the best kept secret in town, someone told me, trying to point out that our club needs to advertise itself more. One can also find writing groups for improving writing skills. Just like Rainier, the main character in my book, tried new things till he found his fit in life, so could we. Explore new beginnings to find what works for you. May you have a happier, healthier and more rewarding new year.

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