2020 Resolutions - Focus on your health.
After having kids I adapted a new mantra: "FIRST TAKE CARE OF MYSELF SO I CAN TAKE CARE OF OTHERS". This resonates with my previous thought of "IF YOU DON'T TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF, NO ONE WILL". And those are absolutely true: we are responsible for taking care of ourselves.
It's crazy that so many things are out of control in our lives: stress at work, stress raising a family or relationships with others, time constraints, finances, errands, etc etc etc - Life sometimes (or most times) may be chaotic. We may feel overwhelmed and lose our sense of control - we may feel numb or helpless.
But the good news is that THERE ARE things we can control:
1 .WE CAN CONTROL WHAT WE PUT IN OUR BODIES, WHAT AND WHEN WE EAT (Healthy nutrition habits);
2. WE CAN CONTROL WHAT WE DO TO KEEP OUR BODIES HEALTHY (EX: exercise, stretching);
3. WE CAN CHOSE NOT TO ENGAGE IN UNHEALTHY PATTERNS OF BEHAVIOR (unhealthy eating, smoking, being sedentary, etc);
4. WE CAN CHANGE (or try to ) OUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS CHALLENGES .
This last one may be the initial point so the others will follow. We need to DECIDE that we can take control of things. But we don't have to do all this alone: we can ask for help. A personal trainer to help with the exercise routine, a nutritionist to help with meal prepping and planning. Family to support your goals. Friends that will tag along. IT IS NOT TOO DIFFICULT!!!
Sometimes NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS help us to stop, think, revise and plan ahead. It helps us focus on priorities, plan on how to implement them and, yes, motivate us to take that first step. However, after the first step is taken, others will have to follow and sometimes people lose their motivation to keep going.
This is one of the reasons I work with people for months, so they can go beyond that hump and establish long-lasting healthy behaviors for life, not only for a period of time. That's why my programs are uniquely designed for each client (personalized) since each person comes with different sets of factors that will contribute or inhibit their journey - and I'll be there along the way, with a guiding hand to overcome the obstacles and to make sure things are running smoothly.
2020 is coming and with it, hope for accomplishments and success, but ultimately, it has to start within ourselves, TAKING CARE OF OURSELVES, OUR HEALTH AND WELL BEING, SO WE CAN TAKE WHAT LIFE HAS TO OFFER IN A MUCH BETTER PLACE.
HAPPY 2020 EVERYONE!