Starting the New Year off RIGHT

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  • I’m nearly finished with my first week of 2013, and can I just say, I feel fantastic. Whooooooohoooooo!!! Ok, now that I got that very necessary little tidbit out of the way, I can continue. So those little changes I committed to must really be setting in and taking a hold already. I can feel it in my core. I think I was right to choose to do things that I already know have worked for me, rather than trying some crazy new routine. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not opposed to trying new things—as I have demonstrated throughout the duration of this blog—and I’m sure I will continue to do so at some point. But for the sake of starting out on the right foot and seeing surefire results, I’m getting back to the basics.

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    First and foremost: the diet. I am back to eliminating gluten and dairy, just like I did this time last year when I lost those twenty pounds. In addition, I am completely eliminating alcohol and taking it very easy on sugar. I am allowing myself a small amount of fruit in the morning, and, when the mood strikes, a small piece of dark organic chocolate. I discovered a brand called “Coco Polo” that is made with stevia, so it has just a bit of sugar from the fruit juice sweetened cherries in the chocolate. Delicious. And I learned a few years back that high-quality dark chocolate is also a scientifically proven mood elevator because of its ability to increase serotonin levels. So bonus! I get something sweet and a happier day because of it.

     

    Second: the exercise. What has always worked for me before is a mix of cardio and weight training. My biggest obstacle of course has been schedule and fatigue. Thanks to better eating habits and no booze, my energy levels are much better and I’m far less tired. So now I’m getting up early three days a week to work out to a DVD…either old school Pilates or Zumba, and then taking my dog for a one mile walk when the sun comes up. The other two weekdays, I don’t have to be at work until noon. I can sleep in just a bit before walking the dog and then heading to the gym, where I usually do twenty minutes on the treadmill or elliptical before diving into a crossfit-style workout or going to a class. I decided to take one weekend day to rest, and the other for an outdoor run or an extra gym day. Soon, I will have a pass for twenty yoga classes and I intend to squeeze that in at least once a week. And let’s not forget hula hooping! I have found a true joy in that, so hooping is a must. I finally found the space to hoop in my living room, and thirty minutes in a seventy degree house left me completely drenched and utterly euphoric.

     

    The last piece of the health puzzle I’m focusing on is R&R, and fun time for myself. I’m still really busy, but I know this just isn’t negotiable anymore. So once a week, I’m having a girls’ night. My friends and I are aiming for watching movies and making healthy pizzas every Thursday. And once more per week, I’d like to do something by myself. Read a book, take a bath, meditate…whatever. And I want to make sure I’m sleeping well, so I am taking a few supplements (magnesium, ashwagandha, and valerian root) to ensure viable rest. So far, so good. 

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    I’m more than excited to begin the New Year with these concrete plans and a positive attitude. I just know it’s going to be a great year, and dammit, I’m going to reach my goals. Tomorrow will mark the end of the first week, and I’m already down four pounds and feeling like a million bucks. I’m psyched to see what 2013 brings!

Published On: January 15, 2013