Goodbye 2019. Hello 2020

2019 was honestly a really rough year for me. It started out on a very bad foot and I was just never able to get it back on track. Sure, I had some amazing times in 2019. I got to visit my best friend in Oklahoma, twice! I got to go to Texas to get certified for work. I also had a mommy-daughter trip to California which was awesome. However, as far as health, fitness, and future life goals went, I struggled really hard and was never able to get into a good groove. I ate out way too much, I made too many excuses and felt generally unmotivated when it came to working out and working towards goals.

2020 is a brand new year and a new opportunity to start again. Last year I had huge goals, but no idea how to achieve them. This year I decided to take a different approach. I decided to look at those goals and think what are bite-sized pieces that I can take that are actually going to be maintainable.

I started with just a few small things that I can sprinkle through out my day as well as a few larger but time limited goals. Some of my goals include daily journaling. I like to do this in the morning for just a few minutes before work, checking in with myself and assessing how I feel each day. 10 minutes of reading. I try to do this in the morning before I start working, often when I am drinking my coffee or over my lunch break. 10 minutes may not seem like a lot, but it is a short enough amount of time that I can fit it in my day. Some days I read for much longer. I also try to meditate for 5 minutes a day. I am not great at meditating, but I feel like it really helps with my moods. Depending on how much time I have in the morning I will do it after waking up, but more often then not I do it over my lunch break. I find it effective over my lunch break especially when I am feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or upset. It allows me to have a few minutes to myself and to relax, These goals may not seem like a lot, but I find that starting small is effective. These goals are also things that help me stay in tune with myself, stay focused on my goals, and also help to expand my knowledge.

One of the big goals that I started in January was a 30 day Danette May challenge. Which focuses on mind, body, and spirit. A lot of it is about nutrition and is a 30 day challenge involving 3 meals a day and 3 snacks all of which are home cooked. I am 17 days into the challenge and while not ever day has been easy I have been loving cooking all my meals at home and I love how I am feeling. This goal was really about getting in the habit of eating at home and trying some new recipes out.

The other big goal that I started was Sarahs Day’s Sweat it to Shred it 8 week fitness e-book. I have tried so many different fitness routines over the last several years and while there have been many that I liked, there’s just nothing that has really clicked for me. Some of that has to do with struggle with the nutrition and some of it has to do with the fact that not every program works for everyone and we all have to find what’s right for us. I am starting week 3 of the program and it is by far the hardest program I have ever done. But, I can already see and feel the changes in my body. They are coming on slowly, but they are giving me motivation and hope that maybe this style training will be the right one for me.

2019 may have been the greatest year of your life or it may have been the most difficult year of your life. No matter what sort of year 2019 was, 2020 is a new year and you get to decide how you want to live it. Everyday, we wake up and we get to decide how we want to feel and what we want to do. So, no matter how your Januaury has been going to far, choose to be happy, choose to do things that make you feel amazing, and choose to keep working towards your goals.

Use a daily planner to keep yourself on track. Ticking off boxes is amazing! Take small steps towards bigger goals instead of feeling overwhelmed by the immenseness of your goal. Do things things that help you mind, body, and spirit. This will help you stay on track with your goals. Make 2020 the year that you get things done!