The new year is the perfect time to revisit your health and wellness goals. If you make New Year resolutions one of them may be to lose weight or live a healthier lifestyle. We all have made this commitment to ourselves at least once. We start out strong. We buy new shoes, gym bag and may even get a membership and we GO! We go, go, go until we don’t…. around February 1st… when we stop.
Studies have shown that less than 25% of people actually stay committed to their resolutions after just 30 days, and only 8% accomplish them. (Source: Forbes.com)
When you start a new routine based solely off a one-time event - such as a new year – you are prone to not stick with it. I want to help you make a lifestyle change that has nothing to do with the calendar, birthday or anything else that creates temporary motivation.
This year I want you to defeat the odds and improve your physical well-being. I want to help you embrace your new journey to look good, be good, and feel good beyond the “honeymoon” phase of the new year.
When I started my personal training company, Team Healthy Living, in 2014 I went from one side of the city to the next training clients. I trained within gyms, my garage, their home, and I even had a group of women I trained at a hair salon! I loved every moment of it until I realized there was something missing.
A transformation of the mind. The body will follow where the mind goes.
This is how my journey to become a Certified Health Coach began. My desire is for you to be healthy: mind, body, and spirit.
Here are a few life hacks to improve your physical well-being so you will love what you see in the mirror:
Be honest. Do you know what you want to look like? Don’t compare yourself to anyone on TV, social media or around you. Be honest and get a visual of thenew you in your head. When you see it first, it makes it easier to manifest. I go into great detail about the power and process of visualization in my Cast a Vision for 2019 webinar. Click the link to catch the replay!
Release what does not work for you. This is where the real work begins. We all have food, drink or a habit that causes us to regret it after the moment of enjoyment passes. It may be sweets, bad carbs, or alcohol. What is the thing you continue to put in your body that you really don’t want to? Ask yourself…why? Why do I enjoy this? What is about this thing that keeps me coming back? Now think of something else that will give you a similar satisfaction but is healthier. For example, if you are like me and love french fries, how about making homemade, thinly sliced potatoes in the oven? If you have a sweet tooth, what fruit do you enjoy that will satisfy your palate just the same. Whatever the “thing” is that keeps pulling you in - release it by replacing it with something else. It is easier to ADD something good to your life than take something bad out.
Get moving. This is actually the easiest part. When you think about it, most of us walk or do some physical movement each day. How about doing it for 30-minutes or until you break a sweat? Can you walk through the office or around your campus? Can you go outside to pick up the pace? I want you to move with intention. Use your phone, Apple Watch or Fitbit to track your steps. Let technology motivate you and keep you accountable!
NOTE: If you have any physical ailments, please consult with a health care professional before starting any workout routine.
Weigh yourself every day. There are mixed beliefs about getting on the scale daily. If you want to get results - the scale is your very honest accountability partner. When I first did this last year I lost 10lbs in less than one month! Even without working out. I lost the weight because I focused on food I ate and what my scale said each morning. Get on the scale every morning and write down your weight. Tape it on the mirror if you can. I recommend the morning because it will make you think about the food you eat and your level of activity throughout the day.
You can do whatever you put your mind to. You are stronger, wiser and more dedicated than you probably give yourself credit. Take a moment and really spend time on tip #1. This journey is between you and you. Feel free to get on my calendar so we can talk about your health goals and remove the mental barriers that keep you from loving the skin you are in.
Cheers to your Greatness,