It's that time of the year again, when the holidays are finally over and the pressure to be your best self is ON.
Don't get me wrong, I love goal-setting. I love creating new habits, setting routines, making lists, and seeing changes. However, I'm just not a fan of resolutions, for many reasons. First of all, they rarely actually work (see cringy post from 2016). Secondly, for many of us moms with littles, they aren't possible.
Look, the holidays are a marathon, and you need a solid break. After I've run a long-course triathlon or even a 5k, I take a recovery, and you should too. A couple extra days on the couch once the kids return to school are well-deserved, no matter what the internet says.
In recent years I’ve been picking a word of the year, which I know seems a little cheesy, but I love a deep dive into what served me in the past year and what I’m hoping for more of. Last year my word was joy, the year before was ease. My “word” so far hasn’t come up yet, so I’m just reflecting in this very weird, lazy, unscheduled week of the year on what brought us more joy. This year took some very wild turns, and brought us lots of joy. I’m back to teaching in person again, I’m working on some very cool projects, with a big one (TBA) coming in the late spring. Right now, I'm finishing up a January birthday week and cleaning my living room, with no plans to pressure myself any further.
In reflecting back on all of the progress that my clients have made over this year, I’m quite humbled. I’m so honored to be a part of their journey. Many of them come to me to support their pregnancy, to help them work through various aches and pains associated with parenting and postpartum, or just to get started back into a routine.
Not only have most of them already achieved these goals - they’ve created a lifestyle around exercise and prioritized their health, they've seen results in their body composition, or rarely (if ever) have back pains anymore. It’s the other stuff - them telling me they feel taller, more confident from the core exercises we do, them sharing how their spouses or children have started joining them, or that they just feel happier or are reducing/ weaning off medications they no longer need. It goes so far beyond jean size. Some of my clients have started entirely new sports, taken up new hobbies, ordered heavier dumbbells, or are working towards new goals entirely.
Their willingness to trust me, their determination to continue even when they’re being challenged, and their complete mindset shifts about what they as human beings are capable of, just inspires me so incredibly much.
Thank you so much for reading this and for being a part of the MomTrainer family. If there’s anything I can help you with in 2023, please reach out, but only when you're ready.