Hello my beloved #fitfam! I cannot believe that 2016 is coming to a close and 2017 is just a week away. What a year it has been. I am so grateful for all the opportunities I was given this past year...I was selected as a Women’s Health Action Hero, ran my third 10k and half-marathon, started a brand new corporate job, completed two fitness challenges (the 30 clean and the AdvoCare 24 Day challenge), and continued to learn about myself and this ongoing wellness journey.
First...THANK YOU ALL for following along for yet another year, and allowing me to share my 6am sweaty selfies, small wins, silliness, personal reflections on my accomplishment and of course, my struggles.
My ultimate goal with this blog is to inspire, so I hope I helped motivate a few of you in some way. If one person has made any lifestyle changes because of my posts, then I consider this year a success. If that person is you - email me! I want to hear your story.
To bring in 2017, I’m sharing three key lessons learned and insights that I have gained over the past year. Let's begin.
1. Empower yourself with positive vibes and people.
This is probably the most important lesson I have learned – and reinforced to myself – in 2016. Surrounding yourself with like-minded positive and supportive people is crucial. Those who understand your mission will help you achieve your goals, stay on track, or give you that extra motivation when you need it! Unfortunately, not everyone will be on your team. Does “oh, c’mon it’s just a few drinks” or “skip the gym tonight” sound familiar? If it does, let them roll off your shoulder. These comments stem from their own internal issues like jealousy or lack of their own health commitments, but it shouldn't deter you. Learn how to say "no." You are in the driver’s seat and control your #goodvibetribe - and if you need an extra in your group... call me.
2. Healthy living is a balance – don’t beat yourself up.
Okay, this is easier said than done. I am guilty of beating myself up on an off day, but you know what? We are not perfect. We are human and were put on this earth to enjoy life – without the guilt. Focusing on everything you did wrong doesn’t change the past, but focusing on what you can do right the next day will have a positive impact on our journey. That’s why I am urging myself in 2017 to plan for those moments that may mean indulging… a little something called balance :).
You are not superman or superwoman. Life is exhausting. Especially if you work a 9-5 like me and are fitting in workouts before or after work. Rest days are vital! Sometimes pushing yourself too hard can lead to resentment and quitting. Be sure to listen to your body when you are feeling too tired to make it to the gym, or if you’re not putting in 100% effort into your workout when you actually get there. If you bake in some rest days into your schedule, you won’t feel bad about missing a day at the gym, and when you set realistic goals, you can actually attain them!
3. Believe in yourself.
There is power in positive thinking and understanding you can do this. Know that although living a healthier lifestyle is challenging and takes effort and planning, it’s always worth it.