Have you ever been to a buffet, tried to get everything good to fit on your plate, and you get to the end and there’s no more room on your plate for dessert? Sucks when that happens, right?
The question is: How much is enough, what would you let go of to make room for something new in your life?
Here’s a fun activity: Grab a piece of paper and start with three pillars on a continuum from 1 to 10 (1= poor, 10 = excellent). Rate where you are on the scale in terms of being active, eating well, and staying happy …For Your Life™. For example, if you are at 4, 6, and 8 respectively, write one thing you can do this month to try to move up one more notch up on the scale. Ask yourself what will you need to let go of to make space to move forward, and write that down as well. From here, each morning when you wake up, review your paper and see if you are holding yourself accountable.
When you make room for something new, you might be surprised how good you feel doing things in a new way. You also might slip or feel fearful to make a change, and that is okay, too. Write these things down so that as your mood or discipline might change, you have it to stay on track.
When thinking about fitness, let’s reframe and appreciate home workouts and the time they might save. You can let go of the drive to the gym to allow for more time with your family or to eat well. If you are trying to eat better, let go of bad habits and clean out bad food so you can be happy knowing you are moving forward to eat well. If you are trying to stay happy, limit your time doing things that make you unhappy or batch activities together to save time for other things.
As you Spring forward, what will you leave behind? Share with us on social media @HealthyAltitudes.
Gary Gianetti has an M.S. in Allied Health and holds certifications in health, fitness, and exercise sciences. When he’s not coaching, he enjoys outdoor adventures on foot, rock, wheels, and in the air with his little ones and his wife. He is the founder of Healthy Altitudes…For Your Life™.