Happy Thanksgiving 2018 and Tips for the New Year

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope that all is going well in your world! We are quickly into the Holidays. I can’t believe how the time has flown by. It will be 2019 before we know it! In this post I share some tips for the New Year! Let’s start out 2019 strong.

The past couple of weeks have been quite hectic. I know…when is it not right? Well there have been some changes that have been going on in the office. People are getting moved around and/or leaving. With all of that and trying to work at the same it time it pretty much exhausts your mind. Soon I should be able to share all of the day to day changes! More to come on that!

Going into the end of 2017 like blah…..

In my last post I  told you that I would I share what my new workout routine was and how I started off my 2018 right. In October of 2017, I had become cognizant that I was losing myself and decided I needed to become more grounded. My first step I took was that I signed up for my most favorite yoga studio ever for a whole year! This brings me into Tip #1. I felt that if I paid the money for the year it would hold me more accountable in my journey. No one loves losing money and so if you feel that you need some extra accountability, I recommend making the full commitment.

I was now in the groove of hitting the yoga studio a couple of times a week. They have a variety of classes and so I wanted to try a some different ones out and see what was working best. I was still trying to hit up the spin classes at LA Fitness. However, it was getting really tough with the holidays and the spin schedules started to become weird. I only liked one instructor, Roger, and so I would have to try and find him. The stalking of Roger was getting to be a bit much but figured I would do what I needed when I could.

An unexpected surprise!

At the end of 2017, I received a Peloton bike for Christmas! I had taken a look at the bike a year before after seeing the commercials on TV. Luckily we have a studio here in Atlanta. To my surprise, my mom offered to get the bike for me as a gift. I mean I had to take her up on her offer. She knew that I was a spin freak and how I struggled to get to the classes. This was the perfect gift!

Starting 2018 out right!

I didn’t start riding the Peloton until the beginning of the year. I wanted to get most of the folks out my house and the holidays over with before beginning my new bike journey. I knew that I would not get into it. That is Tip #2, start a routine when you are ready. I know people are like…start any time and when you can…. DO IT DO IT DO IT! I think that is way too high of an expectation and leads to a higher rates of failure. If you are anything like me, if you have already failed in Day 3, then it is just a real downer and you feel even worse and eat even more!

Side note

Side note on the beginning of a program and Tip #3….you don’t have to wait until the beginning of the year to do a “resolution”. Start anytime of the year! Although, I do not recommend trying to start a new exercise program in the last 2 months of the year. We need to be realistic here people! The best we can hope for is to not eat ALL of the things. Like ALL.OF.THEM. Temptation is a cruel thing.

In the beginning stages

Tip #4, don’t think that you have to do all things at once. You do not need to go out and start yoga, bike, Crossfit, walk and get that eating plan on point! Just stop right there. That is another way of extreme burnout! You may think you have it handled, but you will be TIRED!

Going balls to the wall is not a long lasting plan unless you really have nothing else going on in your life. One missed class will turn into another and then you have to pick up food and it all just goes to shit. Don’t do it people…just don’t. Start with one thing and see how it goes and if you can get into a routine, then add another. Maybe make a pact that you will eat healthy 3 days of the week and then move on from there. We are looking for long term wins and not short term exhaustion and being stressed out!

Back to me

I was starting out on my bike journey and doing yoga. I made a schedule. I got an exercise planner to help me keep track and plan the week out. It also had a section in which I can write down what I was eating each day. If you look at the pages and actually take the time to write it down, it makes you think a little more about what you are doing.

Which brings me into Tip #5, don’t be hard on yourself if you can’t stick to the schedule. If you miss a class that you had on your schedule it is OK. There is the next day to pick it right back up. Shit happens and you can’t be hard on yourself. Fitness and Wellness can be a huge transition in your life. It will take time. just don’t give up!

Five tip wrap up

1- Make a long term commitment.

2- Start a routine when you are ready.

3- You don have to wait until the beginning of the year to start- start at the beginning of any month!

4- Don’t start everything at once.

5- Don’t be hard on yourself!

Until next time….

I will check in a week or so and fill you in on the next party of my journey!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Let me know what everyone is making!

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