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As I mentioned last week, I don’t do resolutions. I do New Year’s mottoes and this year my motto is will this help me?
The next step in my New Year’s re-focusing is to identify what I want to Keep, what I want to Let Go of and what I want to Begin.
KEEP: I know I’m doing some things in support of my weight and health that are working. So what will I continue to do in 2014? What will I keep?
I will continue to stay sweets-free. I am not suggesting this for everyone, but sugar is something I’ve struggled with my whole life. I’ve spent years trying to control my consumption of sweets, chocolates, desserts, etc. I was able to limit it while losing weight, but during maintenance, I’d start adding it back in. Then more and even more. I’ve gone sweets-free several times and only in this last year have I been able to make it a natural part of my lifestyle. And though I have fallen off the wagon (the pecan pie for Thanksgiving), I’m now back to what helps me feel better –no sweets!
BEGIN: I knew my begin would have something to do with exercise this year because I’m ready to take it to the next level.
I’ve got the basic 30+ minutes of walking in for general health and now I’m looking at what’s next. Yes, I definitely should increase my aerobic exercise but, besides not being big on shoulds, I believe yoga would be more beneficial for me. It would give me flexibility, strength, and help me quiet my mind and reconnect me to my body. So yoga it is.
LET GO: Normally I look at what to let go of before I decide what I’ll begin, but sometimes in order to bring more into your life you need to open up the space, the time and the energy by letting go of something else. If I want to begin yoga, what will I let go of in order to fit it in my life?
I will let go of my expectations that in order to start yoga today I have to make time to go to a 75-minute class across town. Instead I’m going to try out some 20-minute yoga videos on YouTube in the morning, when I get home or before I got to bed.
I will let go of my belief that I have to go to a class. I get bored and usually turn off the yoga CDs, so a class is usually the only way to keep me going. But a 20-minute video should be short enough to keep my attention.
I will let go of my all-or-nothing thinking. Since I don’t have the time to fit in a 75-minute class right now, I’ve been putting off getting back into yoga at all. But by taking small steps like a 20-minute yoga video now, it will allow me to start. Then as my schedule opens up I can add a class here and there.
What will you Keep, Let Go, and Begin this week?
Check It Out
Here’s my YouTube playlist of yoga videos I’ll be trying out. I’ll delete the ones I don’t like and keep adding and trying more.
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