The most common resolutions, New Year’s or otherwise, are related to losing weight, eating healthier, and exercising regularly. Basically, having a general sense of health and well-being.
This is fantastic!
I hate to be a negative Nancy but... there’s a catch.
All too many people who set these health goals for themselves are either unwilling to follow a SMART plan or accommodate their Tendency. Without these strategies and guiding principles, your chances of success are ridiculously low.
However, as long as you’ve committed and made a solid plan with a good strategy to follow through on, it doesn’t matter how you choose to become healthy, as long as you do what works for you. (And that it’s backed by science because there’s a lot of woo-hoo floating around out there and you want to be sure that you’re truly taking care of your body, not potentially hurting it… but that’s just my two cents.)
This isn’t a post to tell you which diet is better, which exercise ‘works,’ or which guru to follow.
This isn’t a post to tell you what you should look like, eat, do, and feel.
This is a post to inspire, motivate, and move you into action.
You need to take the bull by the horns and really go for it - whatever it may be - in order to stride forward, with confidence, into your best, healthiest tomorrow.
There was a time, not so long ago, when I felt like a lump - a lump on a log.
I had no purpose or drive with regard to being healthy or what the implications might be if I kept being the lazy lump that I was. I didn’t give a damn about exercising thanks to a few bad apples I had as teachers in PE and I ate what I wanted - thank you very much!
I was plump, - but not pleasantly so - stiff, weak, and feeling completely UNsexy during a time in my life when I should have been at my prime. Sulking and feeling low, to say the least, I was ready for a change and guess what - none came.
That’s the thing, change doesn’t just come. You’ve got to make up your mind - like I did - that you’ve had enough!
Enough of the excuses, enough of the crap food, enough of the laziness.
When you’re ready, you will find the thing that resonates with who you want to be and rock it like the boss you are.
My best advice for you when you’re ready to make those healthy changes in your life is:
Educate yourself, make a plan, and follow-through.
Listen, you’re allowed to try new things. You’re allowed to switch it up and decide something that you thought was for you isn’t anymore but you’re not allowed to quit. These things take time.
You need to find something that works for you.
Despite the fact that I achieved most of my health goals back when I changed my mind about living the lazy life I had made for myself, I am still always learning new and fun ways to keep my body functioning at full capacity. I am now a mom of three beautiful littles (5 and under!) and my body has changed - a lot! - so I need to adapt my healthy resolutions plan to reflect that changed body.
Living your best, healthiest life is a journey, not a destination.
I recently made a new friend who introduced me to Ayurveda and, although I barely scraped the tip of the iceberg, she left me feeling like this is an option I’d like to learn more about.
Learning, always learning.
I am not perfect in my journey toward better health - not even close! - and you won’t be either but as long as you keep your mind open and be on the lookout for what makes you feel the most fulfilled; mentally, emotionally, and physically; then you’re on the right path to accomplishing your health resolutions.
This GIF made me smile, enjoy.