New Year's Eve is just around the corner and that means it is time to reflect on the past year for all of it's ups and down, successes and failures, good times and bad times. When I look back at this year I have so much to celebrate. I travelled Europe with my younger sister, graduated college, got a job as a personal trainer, started this website, and have recently signed a lease for a new apartment. This year was also very difficult with the passing of a number of family members, and also having to watch the President of the United States make decisions that will have negative impacts on the environment, the well-being of young women, and the safety of many immigrants in that country. All in all, 2017 was a fickle year. As a relentless optimist, I am inclined to see all that was good this year and spin the negative stories into positive, learning opportunities. But that's not really what this post is about.
One of the greatest changes I made this year was to finally see all of my actions and decisions as a collective of opportunities to make the rest of my life full and happy and healthy. That's why this month the theme for my blog posts will present ways to make this not only a year for "New Year, New Me" but to make this new year the start of many more amazing years to come.
I can confidently say that as soon as I stopped putting due dates on my goals, I was able to see my health and well-being as a much larger picture than the number that showed up on the scale, or the number of calories I consumed. I no longer feel like I have failed because my only measure of failure is when I don't do one thing in the day that is good for my long-term health. It could be as simple as letting myself get those extra few minutes of sleep, or as involved as sacrificing working hours in order to attend to my mental health.
I was looking over the stats on New Year's resolutions and it is crazy to see that of the people who decide to make new year's resolutions - 63% of them fail to achieve their goals. Humans are wired to feed the reward centres in their brains. This is why we eat, enjoy playing sports we are good at, seek love and attention from others, and fear trying new things that we may not succeed at. So to see that 63% of people who take on new year's resolutions are experiencing failure, means that they will either be in poor mental state, or will have sought out "easier" ways to feed that reward centre in their brain. Both options are not ideal when we are already experiencing a decline in societies physical and mental well being.
I am making it my personal mission to help all of my readers to make this year the year where they get the rest of their life on track. To start I will give you a breakdown of my New Year's Resolutions and why I chose them, what I hope to gain from them, and how I will keep those goals in focus for the whole year. Following that post I will delve into the importance of mental health in goal setting, fitness, and life long health. Finally, I will present some research on long term training effects, and how short-term crash dieting and extreme workout regimes can be detrimental to you health.
Last but not least, I want to say thank you to everyone who has been supportive of my little passion project that is Riri's Discoveries. Creating quality content that is authentic to who I am is scary and leaves me feeling very exposed, but you have given me such wonderful feedback and have let me know that my vision of making fitness and health accessible to every one is entirely possible.
Happy New Year to everyone and, as always, do something good for your body today :)
Riri's Discoveries blog documents Riri's most recent research, her travel adventures, and her personal fitness journey.