So, we’re halfway into January, how’d that happen? If you’re like me, you’re still trying to recover from the silly season, aka Christmas and New Years. Don’t even get me started on the bills, full disclosure, I was very good to myself, and I deserved all of it! I didn’t make any New Years resolutions; honestly, I have too many things I would like to accomplish. I hope I’m not setting myself up for failure. The most common New Year’s resolutions are to eat healthier, get more exercise and to save more money. Sounds easy enough, right? “They,” say it takes 66 and up to 120 days to form a new healthy habit, which sounds like we’re all doomed. Nah! We got this!
Eating healthy is a no brainer, well except that I love me a Big Mac and anyone who knows me knows it’s my secret indulgence, I know, CRAZY! Lol. Okay, but seriously, stop buying the crap and start making real food, less meat, more fruits and veggies, get rid of white sugar, yep, I genuinely believe it’s the silent killer. Take time for meal planning and enjoy your meals together as a family. It takes a village, you can’t do this on your own, get everyone involved, eating healthy is a “good thing”, and yes, I just quoted Martha Stewart. Even Martha is eating healthier, you and your family should be too.
Now for the exercising bit, I taught fitness classes for 20 years, WHAT?! Yes, I was one of those Jane Fonda wanna be’s, not really but that was the era. I shouted and bounced around to loud music and loved it. The days of teaching are no longer, I’ve had gym memberships over the years, and now I share a personal trainer with a friend. Having a trainer has been a life-changer for me, and yes, there is a price tag for this service. I’m not suggesting everyone run out and hire one, but you would be amazed at the difference. Just giving up one splurge a month and using that money towards a personal trainer once a week, is worth every cent. A trainer lays the grounds for success, yes, it’s an appointment that you’re accountable for. It’s funny; actually, we can keep a dentist appointment or meet a friend for coffee, why not a trainer or a spin class? Look, I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know, I’m in my 50’s, swallowing a calcium pill alone is not going to take me into my old age. I need to be proactive and make me healthy and strong, did I mention I have a lot of things to accomplish?
I know, a personal trainer isn’t for everyone, and there are so many other ways to get yourself out there and involved in some activity. Being outdoors is a great start, walking, cycling, running, you get to decide. Join a rec centre, racketball, tennis, yoga; it’s all available to you. Make this year count; make this the best new you possible.
Saving money, easier said than done if I’m totally honest, I have been going gangbusters, calling it my retail therapy. It’s okay to spoil yourself, so long as you know it has to stop. I’ve stopped. The freedom to not worry about those bills is reason enough to get your finances in order. Start squirrelling away a little bit here and there, make a plan and stick to it, not unlike your new fitness regime. You will be amazed at how easy it is to save once you get into the groove and who doesn’t want to save for something special?
Whether it takes you a day, 66 days or 120 days to get into these new healthy habits, it will be life-changing, a NEW YOU!
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