I don’t know if anyone else can relate but this holiday season has felt really different for me than previous ones. It has been nagging at me since Thanksgiving as to what exactly was going on with me because normally I love this time of year with all the gift giving, family time and of course the amazing holiday food. This year however, I have felt, well off. Partly I’m sure this has to do with the fact that I was traveling for almost ten days then got back and was immediately sidelined with bronchitis for another week but even now that I am most of the way back to normal I still feel a bit off.
I was sitting at my desk this morning and it dawned on me what the culprit might be…I am out of my routine! I had settled into a really nice, sustainable fitness and healthy eating regimen that was working really well for me and then the holidays hit and my routine has gone out the window. With all the holiday meals, parties, travels, running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to get all the last minute presents bought and wrapped I have been pushed out of my comfort zone and had it has left me feeling a bit anxious.
Having figured out what the cause of my uneasiness is, my next thought was how do I remedy this? My first inclination is I just need to stop being so rigid and calm the “f&%$” down lol! I know I have come to a point in my journey that nothing will distract me from keeping my goals in sight and working as hard as I can to achieve them. I also logically realize a week or two where I am not as strictly following my routine as I had been will not negate all the progress I have made over the past year. And finally, I know once this holiday season passes I will fall right back into my oh so comfy routine and be right back on track!
Other than just talking myself off the ledge, I also thought a good way to re-focus my energy from being anxious to something more positive would be to set some goals for 2019. I don’t necessary want to call these resolutions, even though it’s that time of year, because the word resolution doesn’t sound serious enough to me. I myself have made New Years resolutions and within only a few weeks had abandoned or just plain forgotten about them. In fact, in looking into this topic, I came across a statistic that said only 8% of people actually follow through with their resolutions! So instead of resolutions, here are a few of my top goals for 2019:
- Get certified! – I have thought about perusing a Health Coach certification for several months now and I have finally decided I just need to go for it! I have really enjoyed learning, sharing and getting feedback on my personal health journey from all of you and have been wanting to take it a step further. I would really like to continue to learn more about health and fitness and in turn be able to help other people with their own journeys in a more educated and responsible way. It is something I discovered I have a passion for and what better way to give back then to help people feel their best and live their best lives!
- Eat whole -er! While I have made large strides in the nutrition department, I am still a lazy eater! I have never been much of a cook, and I still struggle with just reaching for whatever is convenient or on hand when I am hungry. With the addition of the super-food shake to my everyday diet, I get all the nutrients I need first thing every morning so I have been slacking off the rest of the day. I need to make more of an effort to keep only whole, fresh foods stocked at home and at work so I am not tempted to reach for the packaged goods that seem to be lying around everywhere!
- Incorporate personal development into each day! I started doing this pretty regularly earlier this year but have been slacking on it majorly in the past couple months. I need to make more of an effort to continue to learn, grow and challenge myself. I was doing a lot of reading of really great books that were inspiring and motivating like “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey, “Girl Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis and “You are a Badass – How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Living an Awesome Life” by Jen Sincero. I always feel so much more motivated and fulfilled when I take time to do PD I just need to make it a priority again like working out and eating healthier. 10 minutes a day, every day is the goal!
- Run more races! I completed 3 races in 2018 so my goal for 2019 is to complete 6 this year! I have already signed up for my first mud run that will take place in April but I want to get some more and potentially longer ones on the books soon so I have training deadlines to work towards. I have fallen so in love with strength and weight training over this past year that I need to also keep my endurance goals in sight. Getting those ribbons and/or medals at the end of each race is so much fun! I am hoping to acquire quite a collection in the future!
- Get my cholesterol down!! This is a big one for me! I found out during my last physical a couple months ago that my cholesterol was a bit high. Now I have had high cholesterol on and off since I was a child so I think genetics are partly to blame here but no matter the cause it is something I want to work on bringing down naturally. The last thing I want to do is end up on medication to lower it so I have been doing a lot of research on the best foods to eat, the ones to avoid and other vitamins and supplements that can help in bring it back down to a normal level. Going to get re-checked in 6 months….fingers crossed!
So those are some of my big goals for 2019….I would love to hear some of yours??!! I am really excited to see what 2019 has in store because I have no plans on slowing down or backing off. See below for my transformation over this past year….lets make this next year one that we not only hit our goals but crush them! Here’s to an outrageously happy and healthy new year!