A Healthy New Year

Wow, the holidays have flown by and we are now finding ourselves getting back into routines in a brand new year. Instead of resolutions this year, I have decided to set goals. Goals are attainable. Goals I can work towards. Resolutions seem to be easily broken and forgotten. So goals it is and I have a long list of them!

In my house, my husband is the list guy. He works better when he has a detailed list of things to do. Then there’s me who can’t usually be bothered to make a list in the first place. This year however, I have started a detailed list of things to get done during these dreary winter months and I am hoping to stay organized and actually get all of the items checked off (or at least most of them!).

Some of my goals for 2018 are very general, like to try new things. I want to make sure that I open my mind and have some new experiences on my own and with my family. Last week we started working on this goal. I tried skating for the first time in 25 years (wow, that makes me feel old). Being the klutz that I am I was picturing a total disaster on the ice but lo and behold, I absolutely loved it! We are looking forward to some family skate times this winter.

Other goals are more specific like doing a handstand. Like I said, I am a bit of a klutz and was never very successful at any kind of gymnastics as a kid. So a handstand is a real challenge for me, but I’m up for it! I’ve started working on this by consistently doing exercises to work my way up to a handstand. Pikes with my feet on a stability ball are great practice for being upside down. Wish me luck with this one.

Another few Whole 30s this year are in the plans. My husband and I are doing our fifth one right now and I love using the new Whole 30 Fast and Easy cookbook for some quick new ideas. (You can buy the book here) I always feel my best when doing a Whole 30, especially after all the drinks and treats over the holidays.

One big goal for all of my family (although the other two may not agree) is to put the devices down! As my daughter gets older she wants more time on her electronics to FaceTime or message friends and play games. We need to set an example for her and not be on our phones all the time at home. Spending quality time together and actually talking instead of messaging each other is so much more enjoyable and rewarding.

Get outside as much as possible! My family loves to be outside, although more so in the warmer months. Enjoying nature on trail walks or bike rides is what we call our “church”. It provides a calming happiness that helps to ease the stress of everyday life. Although the year here in Ontario started out a little cold for us, we are hoping to get outdoors more in the coming months.

I have too many other things that I would like to accomplish this year to list them all but another race of some sort with my husband is one of them along with continuing to grow my personal training business. Continuing to live a healthy lifestyle is always a priority.

Whatever your goals or resolutions are the for the new year, make sure that they are realistic and attainable. Set short-term and long-term goals and work towards them. Here’s hoping that 2018 is a year of growth and happiness for all of us!








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