Setting New Years “Intentions”

“Exercise is for elevating your spirit, not just your heart rate.” -Dr. Mark W. Cochran

My words of wisdom on setting intentions (or Resolutions) for the New Year:

  1. Remember Rome was not built in a day, you did not get to this place overnight and if your desired outcome is big change, you will need to be patient with yourself along the journey. Start small, most of us know our biggest 1 or 2 obstacles for success. For me it is wine and chocolate on the weekends. When I started this journey 150+ pounds ago, I knew these were a problem, but I never chose to totally cut out these obstacles. Once I finally came to this place of awareness that these were the obstacles holding me back, and I took the first step to cutting them out (yes completely, I know it sucks, I’m sorry, but you are going to get out what you put into this effort), I finally started to see the changes I wanted in my body.
  2. When setting intentions/resolutions, please don’t just say, “I want to lose 10 pounds.” These types of resolutions are why resolutions, typically leave you right back at the end of December with the same old 10 pounds to lose, feeling defeated and shameful. Change has to be about more than a number on the scale if it’s going to have lasting effect. How about ask yourself why you want to lose weight, or finish your college degree, or learn a foreign language or run a 5K or a marathon or climb a mountain or write a book? Maybe you want to be able to bend over and comfortably tie your shoes, carry a laundry basket up the stairs without getting winded, wear a dress to your daughter’s wedding and feel good about yourself or pull your kids in a sled without passing out. Having tangible goals of how it’s going to feel along the way gives you much more to look forward to, versus an anticlimactic and irrelevant number on a scale. What does that number mean and is it even attainable? If you’re looking to weigh the same as you did as a high school cheerleader, you’re probably not being realistic. Setting mini goals such as, ‘I want to do 10 push-ups.’, or 25 sun salutations or a 30 second plank. Where are you at right now and what is a good mini goal for 1 month? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year?
  3. Surround yourself with people who nurture and support you as well as push you forward. Look around the table at your next dinner party, are these the people who are kind and supportive, yet challenge you to be a better version of yourself without judgement or shaming? Who in your life helps move you forward? Does anyone in your life hold you back from the progress you would like to see in yourself? Some of these are hard questions. Ultimately all of these choices will be ours to make but if we have a good network of support, our personal growth will be exemplified that much more.
  4. Lastly, find something that You LOVE. If Yoga’s not your thing (insert sad face from me, no seriously I will try my best not to take it personally), then try a kickboxing class or pole dancing or TRX or rock wall climbing or snow shoeing or paddle boarding or sailing. Maybe you want to make a quilt? Or learn to tap trees and make into syrup or the art of beekeeping or wild ricing. Whatever it is, have a passion for it so you can sustain your newfound passion for the long haul. What brings you Joy? What do You LOVE to do? How are you going to Carpe Diem the heck out of 2016?

With that, I wish you Peace, Health & Prosperity in the New Year and beyond. Namaste my friends, with LOVE & LIGHT….Julie

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