How many of you made a New Year’s Resolution and fell flat?
Great intentions, but winter blahs, sickness, short days—lots of things set us up for failure. Yet every year we do it all over again.
I have a new proposition. How about a Spring Restart? The days are longer, flowers are blooming, weather is warmer so it’s easier to get out and be active….there is generally an air of renewal around. I know my energy levels make a huge leap about this time of year. So I’ve decided THIS is the time of year I am going to re-evaluate where I’m at and set some new goals, both personal and business. I’m going to share my personal eval and goals with you all and hopefully motivate you all to join me on this Restart.
I have gotten really lazy with my diet these past three or so weeks. Between all the home remodeling (see my pretty floors?), traveling, and then not feeling well……let’s just say I have fallen off the paleo wagon. Convenience won over my better judgement. And you know how it goes, one bad choice and things begin to unravel.
Wheat has snuck its way back into my diet. Pure laziness on my part and I know better. “New research reveals that a family of proteins in wheat may be responsible for activating inflammation in chronic health conditions such as multiple sclerosis, asthma, and rheumatoid arthritis….One group of proteins found in wheat - amylase-trypsin inhibitors (ATIs) - has been shown to trigger an immune response in the gut that can spread to other tissues in the body.”
Spring Restart #1 will be a round of Whole 30 starting on April 1st (no foolin’). Some of you may need a stricter dietary regimen (like the Autoimmune Protocol) but this works for me. I will take an hour out of my day and menu plan. And utilize our local grocery store’s shop from home option and just pick up my groceries. HUGE time saver and it will prevent any impulse buys.
2. Activity Level
My joints are not only upset with me over what I’ve been eating, they are also upset with what I haven’t been doing. It started the end of February when we went to Leadership in Orlando and I only had time one day during the trip to work out. Came home to a hubby leaving for a work trip, the floors getting ripped out and me getting hit with the sinus crud from hell.
It’s been TWO WEEKS since I’ve been to the gym. And I can tell. I almost pushed through and went to my favorite class today but I was afraid it would set me back again. Today is the first day in a week that I’ve felt human. But I cannot wait any longer to get back to it - people with RA who exercise on a regular basis have less pain, more energy, improved sleep and just feel better overall.
Spring Restart #2 Back to the ‘plex (our gym is called the Healthplex) Monday will be my 8:30 Step class, Running on Tuesday, Weights on Wednesday, Walk on Thursday, Step & Intervals on Friday. I’m going to look at the schedule and add in a yoga class or two as well. I need the flexibility
3. Personal Development
I’ve let that slide too. Time for daily devotions and Bible study to take precedence over everything else. I also picked out a new book to read for professional development. My doTERRA business is at a crucial point…that tipping point where if I just stick with it and push on just a bit, I’ll start a positive snowball effect of amazingness.
I’m starting I Am That Girl: How to Speak Your Truth, Discover Your Purpose, and #bethatgirl by Alexis Jones. I know a lot of what holds me back is my own head. How many of you have self-doubt? Fear of failure and maybe a little fear of success – that combo can be paralyzing. I have periods of time where I feel like I’ve got it together, that I can conquer the world and a heartbeat later I’m sure I’ll fail at whatever I’m doing. All I want to do is throw in the towel. Sound familiar at all? I’ve heard some good things about this book, so I’m looking forward to digging in.
Spring Restart #3 Setting aside 30 minutes for devotions and study and 30 minutes for personal development every day. I know I end up accomplishing more when I do this, so I need to ditch the excuses.
I’d love to hear what your Spring Restarts are.
I’ll give you updates on how it’s going over the next few weeks. Y’all need to hold me accountable!