In the next week or so, a lot of us will be reflecting on the past year, and dreaming a little bit about what the new year will look like. I love this seasonal reminder that “Tomorrow is a new day, with no mistakes in it … yet.” ~ Anne of Green Gables.
And, quite honestly, January is generally a great time to set some new routines. There are no big holidays or disruptions on the horizon for most of us. And while it is tempting to “jump start” your new health-self with a strict diet, do your December 2023-self a big favor and at least consider what sustained habits you think you can continue throughout the year.
Maybe consider the 80/20 version of whatever you are doing. Is your church doing the Daniel Plan together? Instead of super-strict, make it sustainable by sticking to it 80% of the time and allowing for 20% leeway. I’m not talking completely off-the-rails leeway, just bending the rules a bit leeway! Have one extra-special looking desert at that baby shower … but you don’t need to sample all of them.
Or, while you are doing your new diet in January, be thinking about what parts of this diet you think you would like to continue after the diet has finished. Is there a new recipe you tried that was really delicious? Add that to your normal repertoire. Do you think eliminating dairy helped some gut issues you were having? Keep that going!
And just a quick note on exercise … start small and simple. You probably won’t feel the full effects of your workout until about 2 or 3 days later. If you still feel great then, do just a little bit more the next workout. You literally have the rest of your life to build up your fitness, unless you injure yourself by jumping in too quickly!
I would love to hear what your first steps for January are by commenting below!
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Katie Kolb - Health Coach