I don’t remember the last time I was this excited for a new year and a fresh start! I’ve welcomed 2018 with wide open arms.
As I speedily dove into 2018 (as far away from the hot mess that was 2017), I realized that I was still carrying around some old, bad habits, and that I don’t just get to hit reset. Wah, wah, wahhhhhhh!
I had a minor moment of frustration and then looked at the positive: I get to take all the good things from 2017 into the new year, tweak outdated, negative routines, and create something fresh. Boom!
This idea got me pumped and helped me remember that when I’m feeling like the happiest, healthiest, most authentic ME, it’s always because I’m eating well, moving regularly, and practicing a positive mindset.
But enough about me! How are YOU feeling?
Are you off to an amazing January, sticking to intentions and resolutions? Not so much? Kinda, sorta?
You don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions? The last time you exercised was walking through Target?
Or maybe you’ve decided this is the year that you’re going to make nutritious food choices, but leftover pizza for breakfast isn’t really what you had in mind.
Perhaps you cringed when I mentioned “positive mindset”, thinking that’s for hippies or weirdos and felt your judgment seeping out?
Then read on my friend! This superstar trifecta formula is for YOU.
Here’s the best part: it doesn’t have to be hard. It can actually be fun. It will lift your spirits, increase your energy, help you feel better in your clothes, and so much more.
Let’s do this!
Today I am grateful for <fill in the blank>.
Say the above phrase out loud and fill in the blank with whatever comes to mind. There are no right or wrong answers.
Change always begins with gratitude. While it might feel natural to first think about what’s NOT going well and what you want to work on, let’s first give some attention to what’s currently awesome.
Some examples: Today I’m grateful for my hot shower and comfy robe. I’m thankful for the support and humor of my best friend. I’m thankful that Amazon Prime swiftly delivered my favorite coffee. ETC!
Committing to exercise doesn’t necessarily mean joining a gym. If you find yourself not making time for movement, this is for you. This move (and more next week) will take ten minutes. If you don’t have ten minutes, then let’s talk.
I recommend doing this in the AM before leaving the house, especially if you’re someone who likes checking things off your list (ahem, pretty much all of us). But if mornings aren’t your thing, take ten minutes at lunch or even the end of the day. Just make it priority.
I used a mat and light weights, but they’re not necessary. If you don’t have weights, use two soup cans, or omit the weights and just do the movements. NO EXCUSES!
Start by pushing your tush back, as if you were going to sit down in a chair, then lift up your heels so that you’re on your tip-toes.
Next, do ten slow and steady bicep curls. Repeat this set twice, for a total of three sets.
Tweak this to your personal needs. If lifting your heels is too challenging, don’t worry! Do the bicep curls with flat feet. You can build up to the additional movement in the future.
Does this sequence make you shake and feel out of shape? All good! Me too! If you look closely, you can see my legs shaking in the gif. Let’s stop judging ourselves and just go for it!
Today’s nutritious homework is to make a root veggie the star of your lunch or dinner. Yes, it’s that easy.
Root vegetables are good carbs and high in fiber, which allow you to feel fuller, longer. They’re packed with Vitamins A and C as well as antioxidants. Root veggies also tend to be lower in calories than most carbohydrates, if that’s something on your radar.
In winter months, adding root veggies to your meals can help you feel more grounded, warmer, and are a great substitution for simple carbs like baked goods.
Here’s a quick list of delicious root veggies: sweet potatoes, yams, white potatoes, beets, carrots, turnips, rutabaga, parsnips, yuca, and squash (all types).
Whether you love cooking at home or prefer to dine out, it’s easy to enjoy these healthy veggies and make them the star of your plate.
See you next week for round two of Think It - Move It - Eat It!
As always, share your success stories and questions in the comments or shoot me an email.