Start 2014 with a bang!
The New Year brings about new and old traditions that I need, want, & LOVE.
I’d like to think that I am on point 24/7/365, but that is not always the case. Just like seasons, our bodies and our mental game fluctuate. Through the past couple of years I have noticed that my training takes a dip starting in about November. It’s not that I’m unmotivated, but more like my energy is elsewhere. I get in super work mode come fall, winter, and early spring. I like to think of it as my version of hibernating and preparing for my so-called ‘winter’ here in So Cal.
As part of your health team (even from a distance), I encourage you to check in with you body every day, seasonally, and yearly. Listen to your body. If you don’t feel like running, then don’t. Maybe do some weight lifting or go swimming or do yoga. Volume of training is just as important as variety. Sometimes, we need to dial it back from training five days a week to three, and let our bodies chill and recover for a period of time. These changes are not negative. In fact, they are positive. You are listening to your body and adapting.
Part of checking in with myself each year involves cleaning up the past (Holiday Cinnamon Roll Blow Out), checking in on the present (My Current Health Status), and planning and visualizing my future.
Clean Eating Detox and Green Super Shakes.
At the start of the year, our gym (DEUCE Gym) always does the Whole Life Challenge. Even though this starts mid January, I like to jump-start my clean eating on day one of the new year. It has been months since I’ve made a green super shake, so this year I started drinking my green super shake on January 1 immediately after my initial glass of water in the morning. My super green shake (kale, spinach, coconut milk, coconut oil, blueberries, fish oil, elete add-ins, one world whey protein) is my own variation of many shakes I have tried and I continue to switch it up. I encourage you to find a recipe that works for you.
Well Woman Exam.
Schedule these at the beginning of the year. We all have to do them, so get it done the same time every year. It’s easier to remember. I’ve recently started going to a midwife for my checkups. The midwife supports my way of life, my nutrition and fitness, and has the same birth philosophy that I do. Unlike ObGyns I have experienced in the past, after having a vaginal exam from the midwife, I have not been sore nor was the experience unpleasant. Of course, it’s a little awkward, but maybe the relaxing zen-like environment eases the situation.
Goal Setting & Vision Boards.
There is a lot of energy at the start of the New Year. There is no better time to start a new habit then on day one of a new a calendar year. Every year I have some nice quality alone time and reassess my goals. Paths veer and things change. It is important to me that I am adaptable while still on purpose. Even if you cannot make it to my Make Sh*t Happen group at DEUCE Gym, I encourage you to make a vision board and revisit your goals every year.
The path each of us are own my not be so straight and narrow, but the passion inside you should never fizzle. Use the momentum of the New Year to get back on path if you have fallen off or to push it into second gear.
20 Air Squats
- Back squats: medium to heavy working sets.
- Run can be 500m row.
- Push-ups can be modified on paralletes.