Freedom from Emotional Eating, Food & Weight Obsession

A New Type of Resolution

I am generally not one who makes traditional New Year’s resolutions.  In my earlier years I did make them and since I never seemed to hold true to them the exercise felt like one in which I repeatedly failed. This did not add anything positive to my sense of self or my life.

Now my New Year’s resolutions tend to be a more organic nurturing process and go something like this.

  • Each day is a new day to embrace my body and my life.
  • I will choose to approach my body and life with a sense of curiosity and wonder.
  • My body and life can be a laboratory for learning and living life more fully.
  • I will do my best to embrace my body and self with more love and acceptance.
  • My choices will be honored as opportunities for learning rather than as successes or failures.
  • I will seek pleasure as I move through my body and life.
  • I will honor painful feelings and sensations and use them to inform me about my body’s truths.
  • I will choose awareness and connection over distraction and disconnection whenever possible.
  • I will seek fulfilling ways to nurture my body and self as often as possible.
  • I will practice compassion for my body and self when my choices do not feel healthy and loving.
  • I will practice making my body a friend rather than an enemy.
  • Each day I will do my best to make choices that support my body as a sacred space.
  • Each day is a new day to embrace my body and my life …


Robin Okun, LMSW, is a certified Nia Instructor, Movement Therapist, Center for Eating Disorders, Director of Mindful Movement Studio, Ann Arbor, MI, 734-395-2624,

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I have worked in the Wellness Field for 30 years. I created an Emotional Eating & Binge Eating Disorder Recovery Program way before most people knew BED was an eating disorder, NOT a “willpower” issue. Personally, I suffered for years before finding answers and the help I needed and deserved! I became a Coach in 1997 to help others who were still suffering as I had. I love being a Coach!


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