Happy New Year!
It’s time for a fresh start. It’s a New Year full of new adventures and new opportunities. Aren’t you excited? Anything is possible!
Did you make a New Year’s resolution? I’ve found over the years that I’m not very good at keeping my resolutions, and I’m much better at accomplishing goals. That’s why this year, I made a list of goals…28 of them to be exact. Some of them are health related, some business, some financial, some personal. They aren’t all big, monumental accomplishments, but they are all things I’d like to check off my list.
What’s on your list? If you need some ideas to start, let me help. I’ll spare you my full list, but are my top 6 goals. Maybe you’ll get inspired too!
Are you ready? Together, we’re going to make 2018 our healthiest year yet. Let’s go!
My Goals for the New Year
Drink fresh, green juice 1st thing each morning.
Last year, Kirt and I bought an awesome juicer. We’re really fortunate to be able to make our own fresh juice every morning. I’m excited to share more about this with you in the coming year. Believe it or not, there are a lot of choices when it comes to buying a juicer. Who knew? We got the Omega NC900HDC. (Click on the words to check it out on Amazon.) I’ll share why we chose this one and give you my favorite “green juice” recipe.
Drink at least 1 gallon of water each day.
You’re probably already thinking I’m going to be spending a lot of the year in the bathroom! It’s worth it, though, because hydration is so important. If you want to try this, make a gallon like you see in the picture. It’ll help motivate you throughout the day.
Complete a 12-week transformation challenge.
Each January, a website called bodybuilding.com does a 12-week contest to see who can have the biggest body transformation. There are 2 main winners, one man and one woman. Each win $100,000. Great motivation, huh? I’ve decided to enter this year and am excited for the journey.
Some of you might be wondering why I would want to do something like this since I’m a trainer and workout a lot anyway. The truth is, I love having something to train for. A number of years ago, I competed in 2 fitness competitions, and it’s just so cool to see how your body can transform with hard work in the gym and in the kitchen. I don’t have the desire to compete on stage again, but I want to see what I can do with my body as I approach 40. Specifically, I want to put on more muscle in my upper body and lose some body fat. Believe it or not, building the muscle is the hard part!
In order for me to be successful, I know I need to work with a coach. I’ve always found this is crucial to my success. It’s so important to have that extra motivation and accountability, as well as an exercise routine that will help me reach my goals. I’m really fortunate because I happen to live with the best trainer I know. Seriously, though, I’ve worked with 8 other trainers in the past, and none of them have had the same knowledge and attention to detail that Kirt does. He’s truly amazing at this stuff. We don’t typically workout together. In fact, in the last 6 years, I think we’ve trained together 5 times. This 12 weeks will be different though because he’ll train me (just like any other trainer would) at scheduled sessions. It should be fun! I’ll share my before and after pictures at the end of the challenge, and I’ll share some of my exercise and diet tricks along the way too.
The bodybuilding.com challenge is open to anyone, so you can join too. (Click on the website to learn more about it.) Registration ends on January 14th, so don’t delay. If you don’t want to join the challenge but still want to make a transformation, contact us and we can help you do it. It takes a commitment so you have to be ready to put in the effort, but it can definitely be done. We’d love to help you make this your year of success!
Ditch my current make-up for organic and more natural products.
Do you know how many harmful chemicals are in the products we put on our body everyday? It’s really scary when you start to look into it. Your skin is your biggest organ, so the things you put on it really do make a difference. Some of the synthetics chemicals found in make-up and other beauty products (like lotions and deodorants) are linked to cancer, organ toxicity, reproductive disturbances, and disruptions to the endocrine system. (Like I said, it’s scary!) We’ll talk more about this in future articles. For now, though, watch out for products with parabens, synthetic colors, fragrance, and phthalates. These are some of the worst, and you really want to avoid them.
Learn how to make laundry detergent, mouthwash, tooth paste, etc.
Just like make-up, these products are filled with harmful chemicals. As you can tell, Kirt and I are really trying to make the switch to healthier options in all aspects of our life. As soon as I learn how to make some of these products, I’ll share my findings.
Practice yoga each evening before bed.
Yoga has so many benefits – it’s good for the brain, relieving stress, flexibility, and on and on. This year, I am committed to making it a daily habit. While I’ve taken courses on teaching yoga, I like it when I don’t have to think about it and can follow someone else’s lead. That’s why I have a subscription to a website called, YogaGlo. (Click on the words to go to their website.) YogaGlo offers online yoga and meditation you can do anywhere. They have thousands of classes that range from 5 to 120 minutes. They even have programs for beginners. The monthly membership is $18 per month, but you can try it for free for 15-days. I’ve been using the past few months and definitely recommend it.
I’d love to hear your goals for 2018. Let’s find success together!
Stay happy, healthy, and N motion, AND REMEMBER…age is just a number!
Melissa Merkle and Kirt Lietzow own Boomers N Motion, an exercise and health coaching business focused on keeping baby boomers and older adults healthy into their golden years. For more information on group classes and private, in-home coaching, please visit boomersNmotion.com or contact Melissa and Kirt at coaches@boomersNmotion.com.
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