Around the young age of 14 I read the novel Bridget Jones’s Diary. Once I had finished reading the book it was almost as though I had went through a coming of age experience, but not in the way you may think.

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This was the first time I became image conscious. Perhaps it was also the first time I became aware of the expectations that society has for the “perfect” body.

After reading this novel, it was as though I finally understood the proper components of a New Year’s resolution. It seemed simple really, all I had to do was make a list, quit smoking (first I would have to pick it up), and stop making lists. Apologies if you don’t quite get the reference – my taste in rom-com literature from the 90s may not be the status quo.

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But in reality, year after year I found myself putting a few resolutions into place and never following through. Some real winners of mine over the years have been as follows:

  • Eat less ice cream
  • Eat less chocolate
  • Be nicer to my sister (C’mon I was young!)

In the end, I couldn’t fathom a world without Kawartha Dairy’s Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream so you can imagine how long that resolution lasted.

These days I still am conscious of my body image, and I still feel the pressures of society, but I also feel like I have started to come into my own. For those of you who may not feel that way yet, I want to help.

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This year I want to encourage you all to step outside of your comfort zone, try something new. You don’t need to wait until the New Year to make a change in your life.

Since I have started my journey, each day has been a step towards a more wholesome and healthier lifestyle. I have surpassed any New Year’s resolution timeline I have ever given to myself! This is because I am making an effort to change my whole lifestyle not just some aspects of it.

I really do have to thank my Plexus products for giving me that extra boost when I need it. But I also have to acknowledge my own commitment to the products and the lifestyle.

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So this year, right now, I urge you to make a change. Don’t wait until January 1st, 2016 to put yourself and your body first. You don’t have to give in to societal pressures to look a certain way, but you do owe it to yourself to get healthy and be the best version of yourself that you can be!

Yours truly,

Melissa Alyse

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