Living LifeWise: Taking On the New Year with Confidence

Living Lifewise Sunday, December 29, 2013 Written by

Living LifeWise is a regular column provided by LifeWise Ambassadors – LifeWise employees whose healthy choices are helping them live better lives. Today’s column is provided by LifeWise Ambassador Sarah Swanberg.

At some time or other, I have tried every fad diet out there. I was never happy with my weight or body, always believing I was too heavy and never thin enough. I would follow a strict diet regimen for months, lose some weight, and then yo-yo back to the Sarah of old. But no longer.

Now when I look at myself, I don’t see a bag of chips on my hips or a cupcake on my thighs. I see a person who eats healthy, works out regularly, and feels proud about the way she looks. Thinking this way didn’t come easily. I had to change my mindset by accepting my perceived flaws and being okay with who I am.

Make healthy choices

You don’t have to be model-thin to feel good about yourself. You can feel good at any size by making healthy choices for a better you. Eat a diet rich in fruits and veggies. Enjoy the foods you love, but do so in moderation. I follow a gluten-free, dairy-free lifestyle because it makes me feel good. Find what works for you and stick to it. Remember it’s okay to slip every now and then – after all, you’re only human.

Exercise because you want to

I’ll admit that I dislike working out. It’s just not my thing. But I do love yoga and taking long walks. These activities work for me because I know I’m getting exercise without forcing myself into doing something I don’t enjoy doing. It’s my choice to walk around my neighborhood or take a local yoga class. I find them both relaxing and great ways to decompress. What works for you?

Size is only a number

Whether you’re a size 0 or a 20, you’re beautiful the way you are. Be confident that you look amazing in your own skin.  If you exude confidence, others will look at you the same way.

As we move into the New Year, I challenge you to own who you are and be confident in the person staring back at you in the mirror. So how are you going to  meet this challenge? I’d love to hear about your stories in the comments below.



Sarah Swanberg is on the continuous path of finding the right balance between nutrition and exercise – the two things that have always plagued her. Having recently been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, Sarah is learning to enjoy her new gluten-free lifestyle and all the adventures that come with it. Living LifeWise is part of Sarah’s quest to live a long and healthy lifestyle. Sarah works in Communications for LifeWise and lives in Ballard.