I have a confession to make. I dread all of the New Year’s commercials and ads telling us how we can have better bodies in 7 weeks. Or flat abs in 5 minutes a day. While December seems to abound with stressful preparations, sugary desserts and fun in excess, January takes on the opposite vibe of deprivation, extreme exercise and self-loathing!
Instead, I like to focus on healthy living, finding ways to feel good about myself and getting back into balance. January is a great time to nurture ourselves back to health. No more waking up with that sick, sluggish feeling because of sugar overload from the day before. The shift can start with simple things like taking a brisk walk with the dog, taking time for ourselves by reading a good book and finding foods that not only taste good but make us feel good.
Although I’ve been successfully helping others with their weight and health struggles for five years now, at first I found it difficult to call myself a “Health Coach” because, in my mind, I didn’t fit the mold. I don’t have a Barbie-like figure and I don’t like hanging out at the gym. I’m not too concerned with my abs or with having a bikini-ready body but I DO want to be strong and fit and feel comfortable wearing a swimsuit in public. I can honestly say, I never, ever, EVER thought I would have a career in health and wellness because I have struggled with my weight since childhood.
But here’s what I’ve found. Creating health in our lives is about learning to make better choices, feeling good about ourselves and finding support with others that are also working towards a healthier lifestyle. It’s about having more optimal days than not. Forget about perfection or comparing ourselves to everyone else. We are each on our own journey.
I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to value ourselves as we are now, regardless of our size. I saw a sign once that said: “Only loving our body when it’s perfectly fit is like only loving our kids when they are perfectly behaved.” Interesting comparison, huh?
My overall health goals include FEELING good in my body, maintaining a healthy weight and finding balance in my life so that I can live a long and vibrant life.
The New Year is a natural time for a fresh start. If you are ready to start feeling good, taking care of yourself and making healthy changes, join me and friends on our health journey. Make 2017 your year to become who you were meant to be!