New Year, Do You
I see you.
You're being the best parent you can be. You're employee of the month at work. You're an entrepreneur, a volunteer, a spouse, a student, a wonderful human.
We are all eking out the best existence we know how, trying to make someone proud, and leave a lasting legacy.
Or are we?!
Every day, we have the opportunity to make decisions that will shape every moment we are given. How do we treat each moment as the gift that it is, and make decisions that will benefit us most?
Have you heard the saying,
"Whether you think you're going to succeed or fail, you're right."?
I have, and it lights a fire in me! I want to be right about the right things. I want to make sure that I am making decisions that are the best for me and my family. I want to make sure that I lead by example and operate under my God-given strengths each and every day.
You may be thinking, "I am not perfect. There's no way I can make all the right choices all of the time." You're right about that too, friend!
I am not perfect either, so far from. Perfectionism is an impossible standard we set for ourselves. We just never will be. But that doesn't give us permission to give up and not try, right? (Asking for a friend)
For instance, have you ever set a healthy habit goal, and seen the box of donuts in the office and after eating one said, "Well, I already had a donut, so I may as well have the burger and fries for lunch." or "I skipped lunch and I am starving, so I am going to get a large fry on the way home to tide me over." or "I did a longer workout today, so I can totally have this slice of cake."
I have done that before and have had so many friends and clients say the same thing.
But I challenge you to redeem each moment. So, you had a moment of weakness and had a donut at work...SO WHAT?! Make sure you stay hydrated and make superstar meal choices the rest of the day.
That isn't to say that having the donut doesn't make a difference or have an impact. An average single donut is about 300 calories, which is nearly 1/3 of the daily caloric intake for an active human. For women, they contain over half of the daily recommended sugar intake. Having an item so high in fat and sugar sends the body into sugar shock, or glucose imbalance. When you come down from that roller coaster, your body will signal that you need more (hello crazy cravings), and the cycle just perpetuates.
Sugar was one of the hardest habits for me to overcome, and one that still sends me into a rapid downward spiral if I am not careful. That's a whole other conversation for a different day my friend!
So here we are staring down the barrel of a New Year. It's that infamous time when we take all these things into consideration, make all the plans to make all the changes, and finally get our lives under control.
I have never liked the phrase/mindset "New Year, New You". It's just not accurate. Its a hype phrase at best, and the fresh opportunities that comes with each new year require so much more of us than a cute tagline.
You will always be YOU. You are the same you that you were before, you might just do a better job at it some days over others.
So let's do that. Let's go out and be all we can be--for ourselves first, because we can't pour from an empty cup now can we?
Whadd'ya say we do this thing together? It is always way more fun, and likely more successful, to take on a challenge with a friend. So, what if we linked arms with a whole bunch of friends? Join the CrazySexyClean Community and lets make some progress together.
Making healthy choices doesn't have to be intimidating. I am so honored to be part of this journey with you, and pray that you can find lifelong resources here.