Everyone looks forward to New Years Day. Its as if everything starts over. New day, new month, new year. The ultimate fresh start! I remember loving the new school year. I'd get lots of new school supplies -- it was another chance at getting it right. Now, in my 30s, I have new goals, but the need for a fresh start sometimes, is the same. Its a chance to start new routines, create new habits. I'm well aware that there is nothing different from December 31st to January 1st. I could start my workout routine on a Thursday. But something about the beginnings of weeks and months and years make me feel like I'm allowed to create a new momentum. I cannot, and will not start a new workout schedule in the middle of the week. Monday is my day. If I fail to launch on Monday, well, the week is lost. Its a terrible mindset. Like, when you're on a diet and slip up: "Well, I ruined it so I might as well eat like crap the rest of the day". Someone once told me, "just because you break one egg doesn't mean you're going to throw out the entire carton". Wise words, but incredibly hard to live by when it comes to diet and exercise.
So back to New Years and resolutions. We decide that January ONE we're going to eat healthier and get fit. We're swearing off sugar and hiking that hill. But what if, on this day, the holiest of holy fresh starts, we get derailed? Then what? Is the whole year caput? Are we failures for not keeping our New Years resolutions? The answer is a big FAT NOOOOO! First of all, we need to stop thinking of our eating and exercise habits as "good" or "bad", "right" or "wrong". It all comes down to one idea: HEALTHY. And we don't need any fresh starts, we just need the right frame of mind. It really comes down to your WHY.
Your WHY is what gets you out of bed in the morning. Your why is what motivates you to eat, work, sleep, parent, work hard, work less, change your habits and kick ass. The problem is, most people don't stop to think about their WHY. They think about what they want, they stress about how to get it but they don't stop and think WHY do I want it? To make a real change, your WHY has be really powerful and meaningful. You can't just think, "because it would be nice" or "because someone told me it would be good idea". Your WHY has to come from the deep part of your chest that yearns for something and hurts without it. And you need to remind yourself of your WHY every damn day. This WHY is what will help you motivate, help you change and will give you the gusto to really succeed the 1st, 2nd or 3rd time around.
So, why do you want to be healthy? Why do you want to exercise? What is your why? I want to be healthy so I can be there for my children, through thick and thin. I want to see them graduate high school, college, get married, have babies. I want to see them thrive! I also want to set a good example for them because I want the best life for them! I want to do all these things and I want to feel good! I know what being sick feels like and I know what feeling healthy feels like. I never want to be sick again. HEALTH is EVERYTHING. So, I'm going to start again. And this time I'm going to plaster my why all over my home, and remind myself, over and over again so that this fresh start sticks!!
What is your why? What would you do for it?