YOLO ~ You only live once.  Over the past several years, I have heard this phrase and seen it in print, from various songs to weight loss boards.  In my opinion, the line is borderline cheesy…but let’s think about what it really means.

Some may like to use this phrase to justify indulging in all of life’s vices, from mood-altering substances to food to sex.  I prefer to use this statement for good, and not for evil.  Since I’ll only live once, I must make the appropriate improvements in my life, in order to maximize my living.  I want to truly live my life, rather than simply going through the motions, existing.

It is easy to get so wrapped up in our everyday routines that years go by unnoticed, with dreams and desires unfulfilled and your health and wellbeing put on the back burner.  Those days are long gone!

Not only should you live life to the fullest, but live it like your life literally depends on it.  Make more meaningful choices.  Don’t hold back.  Don’t just set goals, but surpass them.  Take chances in life.  Then, relish each moment that you experience.  Savor each delicious second.

I’ve been an emotional eater my entire life, but my body didn’t show the effects of this until after I started having children, in my 20’s.  My mantra this year is ‘Eating Clean in 2013’, so I have chosen to focus on the quality of what I consume.  Regarding the choices I make in my personal life, I have chosen to stop making the art of pleasing others a priority.  This is my life, I only get one, and I don’t want to live with any regrets about my actions.



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