“I love the smell of fresh ambition in the morning!”
As the weeks get busier, the days a bit longer, and the over abundance of holiday eating is hopefully coming to a close, making the commitment to a fresh start begins now. 1 out of 3 people this New Year will make a resolution to improve their diet, health and body, but less than half will still be at it a few weeks later. Let’s start fresh…no diets, no gimmicks, no cleanses, but a new commitment to yourself in educating, motivating, and learning to prepare yourself (and your food) for a new year of thriving health, a lean body, wholesome nutrition, and a lifestyle that you can achieve and stick to throughout the year and beyond.
How to begin
*Setting your intention and creating small achievable goals is always the first thing I recommend. Don’t take on the world ( just yet) Focus on one or two small goals and once you start thinking about what you would like to achieve, start envisioning how you will make that first step, how you will get there, and its outcome. By doing this, you set the wheels in motion.
Writing down your goals is also helpful. Telling a family member or friend also helps keep you committed and you accountable for your goals AND to celebrate your achievements.
*Get support by a family member, health and nutrition practitioner (www.wholebodybeautiful.com), doctor, a friend, or someone that can support you when you need it and also keep you accountable. Educating yourself is also very important. We all learn in different ways, so by understanding what goes in to your body, how it works, nutrients, food, weight, energy, and your lifestyle connection, the more likely you are to stick to a long term healthy way of life.
*Planning and preparing. As Benjamin Franklin said “ Failure to prepare, is preparing to fail”. One of the most important key factors in sustaining a healthy lifestyle is preparation. We all have had moments (some more than others) of ‘winging” it with our food, fitness and goals. But I can guarantee, the end result usually isn’t the best we could have done if we had planned ahead. It is times like these (how many per day/week/ month) that we make the wrong choices, grab the unhealthy foods, drinks, or put our fitness on the back burner, only to have a lack of energy, mood swings, a never ending hunger/ or never hungry, depression, weight gain, and even sickness.
A few tips :
*Write out a simple menu for the next few days or the week.
*Make a shopping list with what you will need for your meals (I also take a picture of a new recipe on my phone so I have the ingredient list when I’m ready to make it)
*Always make extra so you have a healthy option for the next day or two.
*Each day pre-pack a few snacks or lunch to take with you so your not stuck “winging it”.
* Cook your dinner at home as much as possible. There you have control over what goes into your body, the amount and be able to prep for the next day.
Clean out the fridge and pantry of everything that has crept back in (especially since Halloween and the holidays). Its incredible how we all collect “food-like” products in our pantry and refrigerator. Get rid of any food, box, or can that doesn’t support your fresh start and healthy lifestyle. Don’t get sentimental and save it (even those half eaten boxes of crackers or chocolates!). Give it away, or if other members of the family eat it, then put it on another shelf or in a box. That includes alcohol too if you cannot resist this on a daily basis (this one is harder than many think).
Out of sight, out of mind. Restock slowly with only healthy options.
*Get inspired by a friend, a mentor, an athlete, chef, or even a
place like a gym or fitness class that has you waking up each morning excited and keeps you motivated. Put up some pictures, make a vision board, write down your goals on note cards and place them where you can see them daily. Start making this your new routine each day and you will be surprised what you will achieve as well as attract.
Fresh starts are sometimes intimidating and a little scary. Nothing happens over night (“magic pill” ) Educating yourself, some patience, preparing, and a little motivation will give you the confidence to take that step to a lifetime of health, holistic wealth, and happiness.
Happy New Year
Health and Happiness