Friday, January 3, 2020

New Year Refocus

Happy 2020 friends! There is so much to reflect on over the past decade for me that honestly it kinda overwhelms me to think about. All I know is that I have so much gratitude and it makes me smile to think back on the last ten years.

So, where does that leave us for the New Year?? You see a lot of posts and hear talk about new goals resulting in change. I kind of take a different approach to things. Instead of “goals”, I like to think about it as refocusing. Maybe it's because I have been in sales my whole professional career. I get a daily sales report every day with a percentage to my goal, so I get a bit “goaled-out”- ha!  So even if you write down goals- you can always think about refocusing things in your life for a positive change. There is my soap box on that- just switch out the words to make it easier to achieve!

As far as fitness and health go, I have a few thoughts....

Do I do or consider “dry January”?  The short answer is no. In general I only really drink on the weekends anyways (minus the past few weeks of course.). That would make for a long, cold January honestly. Plus its not the lifestyle that I want for the long run. I like the cleansing benefits and feeling great, but other than that- it's not something I want to do. Maybe I would lose a few pounds from cutting back on the alcohol calories, but I would gain them right back when I started back up. So if not drinking a whole month seems overwhelming to you, maybe just try a dry Sunday-Thursday approach. 

Don’t be intimidated to go to an exercise class until you are “in shape” for it. I feel like I hear this a lot and I wish people wouldn’t think this way. Try and change your focus to - I am going to do the best I can, give this a try, and work up to the intensity I want. I swear you could come in my Yoga Sculpt class and lay there half the time and I wouldn’t even think twice about it. What you really have to focus on is that people are so focused on their OWN SELF that nobody cares how fast you are running, much you are lifting, or how many reps you are doing. Try to take intimidation out of it and give something a try! The more excuses that you make the harder it is to ever do. 

Whole 30 or drastic diets for the month of January? I am not totally opposed to these things. But is it a realistic lifestyle that you want to live or will you just go back to your old ways right when Feb. 1st hits?  I think sometimes these things can be discouraging for people when you do something so drastic then go back to real life the next month. I would encourage you to make small and attainable changes that you can do the whole year instead of just one month. In my opinion this sets you up for success the whole year as opposed to just one month. Maybe do whole 30 clean eating 2-3 days a week then just healthy eating the other days that isn’t so perfect. Or start to incorporate Fiber into your everyday diet and build up to a goal off 35 grams like I try to get to on the F-Factor Lifestyle Diet.

In closing set yourself up for little victories and success all year! As always I am hear to help and love when you guys reach out to help encourage me to stay on track as well.



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