This is undoubtedly one of the happiest times of the year. People are excited about all the possibilities of the upcoming year. They’re eager to close the door on the past and set their sights on the future.
For me, it’s a very reflective time. I actually began my reflection the last couple of months of 2017. I started looking back at everything that occurred up until that point. The good, the bad, and the ugly. I looked for the lessons from those experiences.
I also looked at what I wanted to do differently as I move forward. How can I take things to the next level? What am I lacking, and how can I fill the gaps?
I can honestly say that 2017 was the hardest year of my life. I lost a lot. I had to start over, AGAIN. It didn’t feel good. I spent the majority of the year in survival mode.
I felt like I lost myself. I lost my confidence and I was forced to figure out who I am now. Because after everything I went through, I’m no longer the same person.
During my reflection I was able to see that I’m finally on the other side of all the turmoil. I am finally ready to shed my old skin and reveal the new one.
I have been reborn from the inside out. Now it’s time for my outside to reflect who I am on the inside.
I would not have chosen the journey I took last year, but I’m really glad it happened. It taught me that I’m stronger than I give myself credit for. I can take a lot.
I’m still figuring some things out, but I’m really clear about other things. The primary thing being my health. I’m ready to live the best life possible. That requires me to be in optimal health.
So, here are my key focus areas for 2018:
I want to be a better vegan. In response to my troubles with fibroids, I stopped being a vegan for a few months last year. I continued most of my plant-based habits, but I added fish and eggs to my diet. After about 5 months of that, I decided I wanted to go back to a fully plant-based diet. Now, my food choices are primarily about nutrition. I’m striving to eat to live, not live to eat.
I want to be more intentional about my workouts. I was keeping active this past year, but I wasn’t elevating my workouts. I did a lot of walking and some yoga. That’s about it. I’m more deliberate about what I do and why I’m doing it. I work out at least 4-6 days per week. I strive to give my body what it needs. Some days that’s yoga, others it’s strength training, or it might just be cardio. I’m not forcing anything. I’m giving my body what I believe it’s telling me it needs. The added benefit to this approach is that I show my body more love and appreciation. I’m not judgmental because of what it’s not. I’m grateful for what it is, and how it consistently serves me.
I want to be more aware of my thoughts and mindset. Thoughts are powerful. They ultimately dictate our actions. For the past couple of years I’ve made excuses about my health and weight because of my fibroids. It kept me at the status quo and unhappy. I now see it’s all in my mind. I can do anything I set my mind to. I can overcome any challenge as long as I have the right mindset.
I started incorporating these changes in my life the day after Thanksgiving. I’m almost at the 10 pound mark for weight loss. That’s a BIG deal for me! Especially because I’m doing it on my terms and at my pace. I’m not feeling deprived. I feel empowered.
Every week I’m making progress in my mind, body and spirit.
I realize how much an impact my thoughts have on my progress in all aspects of my life. My work, my health, and my relationships.
What makes me most excited about this year is the realization that I’m the one who ultimately controls the outcomes I get. I can have the life I desire. Not because I wish it so, but because I make it so.
What I know for sure is that If I’m willing to put in the time, energy and effort to accomplish my goals, anything is possible.
What are you believing for this year?
Until next time…
Peace, Love, & Fitness!