Resolution or Lifestyle Change
2018 was a fascinating year, from my first race of the year, The Dopey Challenge (48.6 miles) to my last the BMW Marathon (I was only half crazy). Also, tweaking my eating habits by adding and subtracting food items to my lifestyle through the use of Whole 30 (where I eliminated dairy) to Ketotarian (where I eliminate carbs and sugar, and reintroduced avocados).
As 2018 ends and 2019 makes its entrance, like most people, I am preparing for the season of resolutions. I am battling between the decision to do or not do and to fast or not to fast? As you and I decide on our 2019 resolutions I would like to challenge you to make lifestyle changes not resolutions.
It’s that time of the year again January 1st, when you pull up to the gym, the parking lot is full, every treadmill, elliptical, stairmaster and free weights are all taken. Why? Everyone has decided this is the year of the “BIG” change, which for most only last for the first 30 days of the new year.
Whether you decide to try something new like “running”, or become more consistent with your routine, the key is to make the change for you. Don’t sign up at the gym, Orange Theory or Camp Gladiator just because the social media posts have you feeling some type of way. Instead, be realistic about what you can do, maybe a walk around the neighborhood, a fitness app or an old-school DVD fitness tape. Think baby steps, maybe 10 minutes a day for the first week, then gradually add 5 to 10 minutes each week. Remember, any movement is considered good movement.
The question on everyone’s mind is "how am I going to change my eating in 2019?" As this question rolls around in my head I’m leaning towards a more plant-based lifestyle ( I‘m currently pescatarian) by becoming Vegan-ish, what’s the “ish” you might ask, well I might have some fish and eggs every now and then.
Others might decide to try Whole 30, Keto, Ketotarian, or join the church in the annual Daniel Fast. Whatever you chose, remember baby steps. The secret to healthy eating is preparation. Use the weekend to shop for the week and meal prep on Sunday. Remember “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail” - Benjamin Franklin.
Decisions, decisions, decisions. Whatever your lifestyle change is for 2019 make sure it is something that will enhance “YOU.”
Next stop, Marathon Bahamas