A note to all the wonderful people I have grown to know and love through fitness~
I am blessed to know my purpose and in doing so, I have met some of the most interesting, funny, quirky and important people that have influenced my life. So, let me just start by saying that I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with you, grown from you and appreciative of a connection that now binds us together as friends.
As the end of the year approaches, we instinctively reflect upon the year gone by, the experiences lived and lessons we've learned. What have you learned about yourself in one calendar year? How has 2018 made you better? What are your goals and expectations for 2019? Self-reflection comes naturally, especially to those who insist in continually developing the best version of themselves. Am I right?
So, I encourage you to put a little time to reflect on the year you've had. Set your mind to new strategies, resources and relationships that will help you build the person God has created you to be.
Let me encourage you with a few tips on how to be better, feel better and look better, one step at a time.
Turn your resolutions into new lifestyle habits with these 8 easy steps.
Start your day right - Connect with God the moment you wake up. Before you even get out of bed, talk to Him. Ask Him for guidance. Give Him your day. From there, drink a tall glass of water like your mother always told you.
Eat for energy - By now, if you don't know the saying 'You are what you eat' - you probably feel like crap most of the time. Pay attention to what you eat and how you feel. To keep this simple, follow the God diet. If God made it, you can have it. Fruits, vegetables and grains are a safe bet. A plant based diet is a very good place to start. Of course, you will need protein but do your research and figure out what kind of protein you respond well to. Take the time to better understand nutrition and what your body needs.
Write it down - Establish your goals on paper. Make them small yet achievable and identify them in different time frames (daily, monthly, yearly). By seeing the progress in your everyday life, you will notice that your long-term goals are on their way to being met.
Establish your support system - Share your goals with people you trust and know will help you along the way. Be sure to tell them that this is important to you and ask that they give you the emotional and mental support you, need when the going gets tough.
The 80/20 rule - Don’t be too strict with yourself. Give yourself the permission to relax or indulge every once in a while. 80% of the time, eat, drink and exercise like you should. 20% of the time live and enjoy, in moderation, without guilt.
When you fall off the wagon – It’s not a matter of ‘if’ it’s a matter of ‘when’. If you failed miserably, get up and try again. Every day is a new chance to do better and be better. Don’t waste energy and time dwelling on your failures. Just try your best every day and keep trying. As the old Japanese proverb states: “Fall down 7 times, get up 8”.
Make it easy on yourself – The wellness industry has changed over the years in ways that make it easier for us to be healthy. Take advantage of new trends and don't be afraid to try technology like smart health watches. Mobile wellness services and kick back while your massage therapist or personal trainer sets up in your living room. Save time and take pleasure in the convenience of having your wellness services delivered to your doorstep. And if you haven't tried the 'pick up' option at Walmart, Giant Eagle or Target, you are not taking advantage of modern conveniences.
Make time for mental health – Mental health is highly over looked. If anything, take five minutes to stop everything. Focus on positive thoughts. The simple act of closing your eyes and breathing decreases your stress level and enhances your thought pattern. My favorite meditation app is Headspace. Give it a shot. You'll be surprised at how difficult if can be to train the mind to be mindful yet how incredible it makes you feel without moving an inch.
A little exercise is better than none – When time is scarce and there is no way you can squeeze in a work out, simplify with 10 minutes of stretches and meditation. That alone will make you feel better.
Whatever you do, have fun doing it – Whichever fitness habit you adopt, make sure it is one that you look forward to doing. If you loathe your workout, it’s time to reconsider your program and opt for a more enjoyable one. Your routine will become more regular if you find joy in doing it. There are countless ways to get exercise and eat well. Surely you can find one that you look forward to committing to.
Enjoy what's left of 2018. Take the time to reflect on the big picture.
Body, mind and soul. and the trinity
Thank you for allowing me fulfill my purpose by helping you be healthier and happier from the inside out.