The beginning of a ‘New Year’ is tough for people…
“What’s your New Year’s resolution?”
“What are you going to do different this year?”
“I’m going to join the gym and stick with it, plus start a new diet and cut out ALL the things I normally eat and get up earlier to start my day….”
And so on…… you know what I mean!
DON’T PUT SO MUCH PRESSURE ON YOURSELF! You guys are all just coming out of the Christmas Holidays already stressed to the max and now you’re going to put even MORE pressure on yourself to eat better, exercise more and get ‘back on track’? That’s craziness I tell you…just pure craziness.
I decided to set my NEW INTENTIONS back in November this year, while I was on vacation. I knew December would be hectic and for us, and owning a gym, January is usually a bit chaotic as well. Turns out, that was the best time for me to set new goals. This helped me start December out on a little more of a relaxed pace and has made me feel a bit more refreshed over the holidays and into the New Year.
I did a lot of reading and reflecting and sometimes it’s just ONE thing that will resonate with you. For me it was “CONTROL WHAT YOU CAN CONTROL, IGNORE EVERYTHING ELSE.”
It COMPLETELY changed my outlook on SO many things that were stressing me out, such as coming home to a super freezing cold Canadian Winter! I cannot change the winters in Canada unless I move, so for now, I have chosen to accept the fact that I will freeze my face off for the next couple of months!
So if you’re stressed out about your ‘New Years Resolutions’ or what goals you need to set, just stop it! Chill out for a bit and then figure out what makes you happy, then go from there!
I just recently had someone at the gym ask me what my next fitness goal is. I get this question a lot – “what’s your next fitness goal going to be?” I’ll be honest, I don’t think it’s going to be a fitness goal this year. My goals are ALWAYS related to fitness and eating and counting macros and blah blah blah. You know what I ENJOY the most? Working out for FUN. And working out for me has changed a bit. Last Summer I did the Northface Endurance Challenge – signed up completely last min for FUN and had a blast. I had so much fun, I want to do it again this year!! I NEVER sign up for trail races and because I had no expectations, it ended up being super enjoyable.
Recently I decided my next goal (because you continually need to upgrade your goals), would be completely unrelated to ‘fitness’. I live and breath fitness so I thought it was time to expand on my comfort zones! I want to be a guest speaker at an event. More specifically, a MOTIVATIONAL speaker. I talk and teach all day long, every day. But speaking on a stage, in front of a bunch of people just scares the crap of me – like a lot! And I feel I have A LOT to share ;) So there, now that it’s in writing and ‘out there’ I guess I need to act on it at some point. Besides, not having a goal is a bit destructive for my personality type. The first step for me, will be to start putting this into practice and then I will slowly start applying for venues.
I also decided back in Nov/Dec to do the following:
– start getting more sleep
– starting this week, take every WED off, with John!
– schedule in consistent time with family and friends
– get to hot yoga at least ONCE a week, get outside at least once a week (in the winter) and CrossFit/strength train 3x/week (this pattern has not been consistent for me)
– schedule in our 2018 travel dates (yes this is plural)
I made sure to set realistic intentions that I know will make me happy which in turn will make those around me happy ;)
Why all of the above makes me HAPPY:
1. I know sleep makes me a better person all around and helps regulate my hormones.
2. I know having a regular day off during the week with my husband (and business partner) will allow us to focus more on our business & life goals and actually help us accomplish more as a team!
3. I know I need to spend more time with family and friends which definitely makes me happy!
4. I have figured out (finally) that being in our gym 6-7 days a week and then trying to train there 6-7 days a week is not the best scenario, but rather, doing hot yoga which helps calms my thoughts, getting outside for fresh air and strength training 3-4x/week are all THE BEST balance for MY life and truly makes me happy.
5. Besides staying on top of my health & nutrition, travelling continually expands my potential for growth.
I have to admit, it’s a bit strange for me to write all this stuff down because NOT having a fitness/nutrition goal is a bit weird. But if something isn’t working for you, look elsewhere! Find a balance that works for you. Life changes and you have to roll with it. It’s only taken me years and years to figure that out, but that’s ok.
I will leave you with a paragraph that really stuck with me taken from “You are a Badass” by Jen Sincere.
Remember, we DO get to choose how we perceive our reality. So why, when it comes to perceiving ourselves, would we choose to see ANYTHING other than a super huge rock star of a creature?? We are SO hard on ourselves it gets to be a bit damaging. Change your outlook on YOU and you will feel a huge weight off your shoulders!
Lastly, I thought I would include some of the books John and I have read lately and/or go back to for reference quite often:
Embrace 2018 with open arms. I honestly feel like this is going to be THE YEAR for us and I hope it is for you too. Don’t get me wrong, 2017 will be a hard year to beat but with the things we have planned, I’m pretty sure its going to be a kick ass year.
Coach Michele :)