Self-diagnosis column: A mental, physical healthy jump start to new year

JR Ortega By JR Ortega

Jan. 5, 2012 at midnight
Updated Jan. 7, 2012 at 7:08 p.m.

I can almost guarantee that a good half of our readers have decided to jump on the getting-fit bandwagon this year.

And who is to blame them, really?

Every year, I struggle coming up with not just a resolution, but also a realistic resolution that I can actually keep.

So, this year, I've decided to not make myself meet some strict goal weight or some unattainable talent, such as mastering pencil sketching (yes, that was resolution 2011).

This year, I've chosen to be of better body and mind.

Believe it or not, I thought long and hard about my resolution.

I really took some time with myself and thought what I really wanted to improve about myself. Also, I took time to think about how others may have viewed me in the past.

This is when I realized much of my time in 2011 was spent griping - and for the most part that complaining only caused stress and misery.

Since Jan. 1, I have tried looking at the obviously negative circumstances in life in a positive light.

I also have taken up yoga and meditation three times a week. I feel this, coupled with my attempt to be more positive, will shape me into a stronger person.

The real challenge has been changing my outlook on life.

Typically, when something does not go my way, I feel smothered and react pessimistically with nervousness and uncertainty.

I find it sad that I can sit down this second and write a list of everyday occurrences in 2011 that I would groan and grumble about.

In hindsight, I see how much of an impact that negative energy had on my relationships and friendships, both personally and professionally.

The irony is that when we rang out 2011 and welcomed the new year with open arms, overall, I was satisfied with how my year had gone.

Imagine how much better my year would be if I channeled more positive energy.

What could I accomplish? How would people's perception of me change?

But, most importantly, how would I begin to view myself?

These are all answers I hope to gain as the days pass this year.

Most often, people don't keep their resolutions, and I'm not saying I won't fail.

In the end, I think we make resolutions not to necessarily change who we are, but to find ourselves just a little bit more.

What is your resolution this year, and how has it been going so far?

J.R. Ortega is the features editor and health reporter at the Victoria Advocate and can be reached at 361-580-6504 or via email at



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