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No matter how hard I’ve tried, I’ve never been able to maintain a New Year’s resolution.

What’s wrong with me? I’m a wellness professional and I should be able to master my own behavior. After all, how
can I help others change if I can’t do it myself? So, I did some inner work and capitalized on my thirst for
knowledge to address this challenge. Achieving lifelong eating habits and formulating a wellness vision is my goal.


Luckily, in my career path I was able to train with experts in the field of behavior change and uncovered
some solutions. Everyone is different, and we know ourselves better than anyone else. We know what we
want and what we don’t want; what works and what doesn’t; what motivates us and what concerns us. We
understand our confidence in our ability to do things; we are aware of our current situation and past
experiences. Even if I could provide all the answers in the world, telling someone what to do does NOT make
them change. Likewise, being an expert about health and wellness is not the key to changing myself.

So Now What?

While I can’t tell you what to do, I can share some information that have helped many people (myself
included) achieve life-long healthy behaviors and you can decide what applies. A good place to start is by
formulating your own wellness vision. This is a detailed account of exactly what you want to get out of the
change you want to make. How do you want to feel, what do you want to be able to do, what kind of person
do you want to be, what do you see yourself doing, etc.? A wellness vision is usually a short statement of any
change you want to make that applies to your values, brings meaning to your life and can be modified at any

Some Example Visions:

-Be more fit and better able to play with my kids, so I feel more connected with
them and can improve my health.
-Take more time to do hobbies, so I can feel more balanced and less stressed.
-Feel more rested, so I can increase my productivity at work.
Once you can picture the person you want to be, the next step is to formulate the steps to get there. Stay
tuned for my next blog to learn special goal setting techniques to embody your vision.

Danielle Genenz, MS, RD, LDN, RPT
Danielle has worked as a registered dietitian for 20 years in the industries of health coaching,
corporate wellness, research, wellness consulting, bio-metric screening, clinical and outpatient
dietetics and fitness education. Specialties include nutrition, weight management, fitness, stress
management, bariatric surgery support, tobacco cessation and chronic disease management.
She has a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Bradley University and a master’s degree
in Nutrition and Dietetics from Northern Illinois University.

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