Ahhhh its New Years day. You are ready, refreshed and a NEW woman. Unless you are hung over a bit, then you are waiting until the 2nd. And thats ok. You are ready to take on the world. Tackling your resolution to finally get organized. You even have a plan to organize a drawer, cabinet, closet each week. It will take a year, buts it doable. And those labels, you know the ones you pinned on your organizational board. You will soon be screaming “ALLL THE LABELS”. You can’t wait to get started.

You are starting a diet. This one is going to work and you are sticking to it! No fast food, protein shakes for days, your fridge is stocked with spinach. Lots and lots of nutrient dense spinach. You joined a gym. You are going 6 days a week. You read somewhere go BIG or go home. And you ain’t going home this year. You are gonna be smokin hot. No doubt about it. You go momma. No body is stopping you. And then…
So its like Februaryish. You haven’t been to the gym in a week. Your workout buddy, who swore to drag you everyday. Has bailed one too many times. Y’all aren’t on speaking terms. And that diet. Turns out protein doesn’t taste all that great, and you read an article about how it might make your muscles big. And you aren’t interested in getting bigger. You want to shrink. And fast.

Raise your hand if you have been there. Lord knows I have. I have been there from breakfast, with my perfectly balanced macros designed to fuel me through my morning… to the Taco Bell drive through that same night. Deciding to get fit, eat right, ultimately get skinny. Deciding to do those things is easy. When you say them out loud you get fired up and they sound so doable. But the thing is, doing those things and doing them right is a challenge. You can’t wake up on January first and have all the knowledge and willpower and self motivation just because you toasted “New Year, New Me!”

Its a New Year, but the same you. And that is perfect. A perfect place to start. Decide to work on YOU. If I have learned anything over the last 18 months of my journey to health, wellness and losing 95 pounds it is that realistic expectations and educating myself has been my biggest motivator. I challenge you to start small and work your way up.

Food. Food is the biggest piece of the puzzle. And educating yourself on food is incredibly overwhelming but the most rewarding research you can do. I personally started with the book The Eat-Clean Diet by Tosca Reno. And by started I mean I bought it 5ish years ago. Read it. Thew away everything in our house that wasn’t deemed “clean”. Within 24 hours we were probably eating fast food because I knew nothing about cooking vegetables or steel cut organic oats.

So while I have a ton of advice that I hope can encourage you along. Here is what I believe would have saved me years of failure. Start small. If you throw out everything you love all at once your chances of sneaking a Snickers at the grocery store are much higher. Our family personally started with cooking oils. I heard a good Dr. friend of mine speak once and the things she said about cooking oils made my skin crawl. So that is where I started my path to cleaning up our kitchen and ultimately our diet. From now on… in every post forward. When I say diet, I mean how we eat. We don’t “diet” we eat according to our life style.

So ladies. This year. We are working on YOU. Taking the time for YOU. Researching and educating yourself on a plan that works for YOU and your family. Finding a fitness routine that works for YOU. Its the year of YOU.

Join us over the next few weeks as Maggie and I discuss how we define our fitness/wellness/life wins and how we hope to help you do the same!

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-Abbie

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