Posted in celebration, exercise, Health, new year

New Year New Me? Not Really, but 2017 is going to be great anyway.

I have lots of aspirations for 2017. I love a good tradition. It might be the anthropologist in me. I love the ritual of making resolutions and mapping out a New Year. I revel in the newness of it all. I think of each New Year as a freshly tilled garden, full of possibilities. I build my vision around my hopes however lofty. Inevitably weeds will grow and insects will eat the leaves of my prized plants, but that juicy August tomato will be worth all of the hassle. It’s the same with my New Year goals. I experience challenges and setbacks but as the year draws to a close and I look back at all that I have accomplished I feel pretty amazing.

Ok. Let’s get back to my New Year plans. I kicked off this morning by doing a little re-tidying inspired by Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (affiliate link) I told you about last month in my post. It’s my way to make room for all of the hopes I have for 2017. A trip or two to Goodwill always makes me feel lighter. I actually think getting rid of clutter helps me think more clearly. Perhaps I will look into the science of that someday.

The second action step I took this morning was to order materials to help prepare me for my Health Coach Certification. Yay me! I am so excited about it I can hardly stand it. I firmly believe this step will have a profound impact on my health, my family’s health and possibly your health. Maybe we should work together to help you meet your goals? Think about it. You have some time. I won’t be certified for a few months. If you are interested in hearing more about my dream or want to support me, go here.

My third step this morning was to come to you to share all of my goals. I don’t make resolutions per say. I like the word “goals” because it feels more proactive. There is some disagreement about whether publicly sharing one’s goals is the correct action, but I find that making my goals public gives me some extra incentive to follow through.

So here they are: January detox (gluten-free, sugar free and alcohol free). I wrote a while ago in The secret is out about excluding gluten from my diet and having what appeared to me to be a number of positive impacts. I am going to repeat the no-gluten experiment this month and see if I can replicate my results. I have also written about my experience with refined sugar and cutting it out in Sugar is everywhere . It’s time to try that again as well. Lastly, I am going to go alcohol free for January too. I don’t drink a ton. The picture shown above is actually of me enjoying a non-alcoholic beer (FYI: They aren’t half bad). I have noticed over the past few months that even one drink can derail my efforts to eat healthy and exercise the following day. I am not willing to make that compromise anymore. So, bye-bye beer, wine and all other booze (for January anyway). **Side note: I may have a cheat day when The Gluten and Dairy Free Wildcat Walks Down the Aisle AKA My cousin that I wrote about in My cousin Kate and the novelty of night running.

My other 2017 goals include: self-publish a children’s book (This is already in the works and it’s going to be awesome), have a regular mediation practice (5x/week 10min each time), and have a regular strength training (min 2x each week) routine.

How about you? What are your 2017 resolutions or goals?  How are you going to move closer to your health vision?

As always, I would love to hear from you. Message me here and I will get back to as soon as I can.

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**Please note, although the opinions I have expressed in this post are entirely my own, there are affiliate links included where noted. This means that if you choose to purchase an item through one of my links I will receive a portion of the sale.

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Posted in eating, exercise, Health

Do you want to get strong? Workout like a baby

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No really. Look at her plank? Does it get any better than that? Her form is flawless. I think we could learn a lot from this little gal and other babies her age.

Have you ever watched babies move?  They spend all day in some form of training. They have to, their development depends on it.  These tiny beings go from a pile of mush to a walking person in a little over one year. How is that for amazing?

Babies constantly move their bodies in ways that promote their growth and development. They engage in cardiovascular activity by way of standing and crawling. Their strength training routine includes planks, push-ups, pull-ups and sit-ups. The world is their gym. Also, babies have flexibility down. They obviously have an unfair advantage on this one, they started their life as a human pretzel. Still, you have to admire their skill.

Ultimately, babies are serious about working toward their goal, namely: to become an independent social being. It’s not just how they move, babies engage  in a number of activities to improve their health.

Here are some examples: 1) Babies eat like champions. They know when they need to eat or drink and they will make sure you know as well. They consistently fuel their body to have top training performance.

2) Babies sleep a lot. They pass out all over the place. Your shoulder, their car carrier, a high chair at dinner…wherever and whenever these little guys and gals need a rest, they get to it. (It should be noted that the consistency and timing of baby sleep is a different story. Look at any parent with a baby one or younger and you will know what I mean). Nevertheless, babies need rest and they take their sleep seriously.

Finally, 3) Babies know how to have a good laugh. Unsure about this one? Give a raspberry or two to the next baby you see. Ok., don’t do that, you might arrested. Seriously though, you know what I am talking about, that pure giggle from a little one that will melt your heart right out of your chest. Pure gold.

I know, I know, babies have little else to do but to train for their life and progress in their development, but what if we modeled our health after them? What if we made sleep, exercise (including cardio, flexibility and strength training) and nutrition our top priorities? What if we took every opportunity we could to have a good laugh? I’m guessing we would be a lot healthier in a matter of weeks.

So, what do you think you could move closer to the top of your priority list? How might it impact your health?

As always, I would love to hear from you. Message me here and I will get back to as soon as I can.

**I would love to see our health community here grow. If you like my posts, please share them with friends, family or anyone you know that might be interested.

**A special thanks to the lovely parents of our plank model shown above. Thanks for letting me share this picture of a perfect plank and thanks for being totally awesome in lots of other ways.

**Hey faithful readers, if you haven’t heard already, I am working to become a Health Coach. I am hoping to get certified in the next few months. If you are interested in hearing more about my dream or want to support me, go here.

 

Posted in eating, exercise, Health

Lessons from a kindergarten teacher: How would you solve that problem?

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My sister is a kindergarten teacher. I will add that she is an amazing, fabulous, gifted kindergarten teacher. So you might wonder why I was taken aback when I heard her say to my young daughter, “How would you solve that problem?” I thought to myself -“Well she’s only three, maybe she doesn’t have the solution to that problem”. Harrumph (insert pout face).

I eventually understood the lesson my sister was teaching. It is such a gift to allow children (and adults) to find their own solutions, their own path. She knew that allowing my daughter to work toward resolving her challenges would provide her with the skills and confidence to make choices for herself. This lesson was powerful in the moment and will continue to be in the future. Both children and we, as adults, are constantly required to make choices as a we navigate life.

I occasionally want someone else to figure out the best way for me to find health. The truth is, deep down I know what I need to do to get healthier. I have spent countless hours reading about health, I know a ton. All of this research has taught me that there are many paths to health but it is up to me to find the one that works for me. I will need to both decide the path and make sure I stay on the path.

Of course, I believe we can always support and learn from each other. I don’t think that my health endeavors need to be done alone, quite the opposite really. However, in the end it’s me that’s going to lace up my shoes and get out to walk. It’s me that’s going to make the decision about what I put on my plate. It’s me that is going to look for information and ideas that will push me closer to my health goals. Of course, all of this requires effort but is ultimately the best (and perhaps the only way) I will realize the vision I have for my health.

How about you? How are you going to find solutions to what you see as your current health problems? What is holding you back? What is going to push you forward?

As always, message me here and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

**Hey faithful readers, if you haven’t heard already, I am working to become a Health Coach. I am hoping to get certified in the next few months. If you are interested in hearing more about my dream or want to support me go here.