“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”
Every year since I was around 12 or 13 years old (yes, that is sad isn’t it) I have always thought that the New Year was the best and maybe ONLY time to set the *ridiculously unspecific* goal of losing weight and/or getting in shape. Every holiday season (and entire year preceding) I would eat whatever I wanted, never exercise, and then hope that magically I would wake up on January 1 as a NEW person who would stop eating crappy food and would wake up at 5am to exercise. That is, of course, after I tend to my massive hangover after that New Year’s party…so maybe start January 2? And the next thing I know it is Thanksgiving again and I’m wondering what happened to the “New Me?”

Needless to say, it wasn’t until I realized that the idea of a “New Year, New You” is great and can be inspiring and motivating, but ultimately just a cool slogan that offers no real solution. It turns out to be a bust because a plan on HOW I was going to reach my goals wasn’t included with the slogan. And we all know this one…”fail to plan, plan to fail!” Plus, I still wanted to be me, but better, happier, healthier!
I finally changed my approach to this whole fitness idea when I was 33. That’s 20 years of insanity btw! I got a gym membership, hooked up with a personal trainer, established some goals and created a plan to reach them! Basically, I made a plan and took small steps instead of trying to CHANGE EVERYTHING overnight. I also came to understand that the many years of neglecting my body would take much longer than a month to undo!

Immediately however, I became the best version of me every time that I did my best working towards my goals. Better and better every day that I stepped into the gym, every time that I chose veggies over chips, and every time I allowed the positive voice in my head to outweigh the negative. The progress was not without some failures, some setbacks, some cheats here, there (everywhere haha). And I also hopped around until I found where I “fit” in…and in order to do that, I needed to try new things. Running, Zumba, Pilates, Bootcamp, Boxing, CrossFit, Yoga. There is no “right” way to fitness. An open mind is a key factor in any success story! And right now, 4 years later, I am STILL a “work in progress” with new goals, lots of things left to try and more amazing people to meet!

So this year: New Year, Better You! If nothing else, just allow yourself to try something different! If the same old tactics don’t work, we have to try new ones or else you ARE actually insane. (lol) And they don’t require a new version of you. Little tweaks here and there and support from a group of like-minded people go a LONG way! Changing who you are is NOT a requirement. However, those small changes may end up changing you (for the better) without even trying!

Michelle Adams
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