Happy New Year!
Or should I say, “Happy New You”?! Isn’t that what this time of year is supposed to be all about? January 1 is when we repent our sins, vow to turn over a new leaf and reinvent ourselves, right?
It’s when we start to become the fitter, healthier, slimmer, shinier version of ourselves that we resolved to become last year but maybe didn’t quite achieve.
By now your inbox and social media has no doubt been bombarded with “new year, new you”-type messages, which – depending on your personality – you’ll either scoff at and delete immediately or flag to return to in the next day or two (maybe once your hangover has subsided). Because, you know, this year will be different.
I’ll admit I’m torn about these types of messages. On the one hand, I’m all for setting goals (notice I said goals and not resolutions). I think it’s great to set aside time to think about what it is you want to accomplish in the next 12 months and then create a plan to achieve it.
It’s one reason that, for the first time ever, this January I’m running a FREE 7-dayHealthy Habits Kickstart Challenge, so you have a plan to follow and tonnes of guidance and support around what to do and how to to it. We start January 7 – if you’re keen, just leave your email HERE and you’re in! It will be online so anyone can join us 🙂
The issue I have with New Year’s resolutions is that in most instances we’re either not specific enough about what we want to achieve (“lose weight” is a classic example) or we haven’t drilled down on why we want to achieve it, so when the going gets tough or obstacles inevitably pop up on the way, we give up too easily. We want things to happen quickly and easily and when we don’t see results immediately, too often we throw in the towel early.
This time last year I set myself the goal to win a touch football State Cup. Touch is obviously a team sport so there were a lot of things out of my control. But I wanted to do everything in MY power to get there. I worked on my fitness, my skills, my mindset.
And truth be told, I wasn’t motivated every single day of last year to achieve that goal. There were injuries, setbacks and times when I just felt like I couldn’t be bothered. But I kept coming back to my why – I’d never won a state title with Balmain and that was really important to me. I knew it was important to my teammates too and I didn’t want to let them down.
Plus we had lost the grand final three years running – so that was a pretty big incentive too!
A few weeks ago I finally achieved that goal. Our Balmain over-30s mixed team won the state title. And the icing on the cake for me was being awarded my team’s female MVP for the tournament.
That goal was four years in the making. FOUR YEARS. It took a shitload of patience and persistence to get there. Not every goal is going to take that long to achieve, obviously. Although some will take even longer. But here’s the thing I always come back to – the only way you can fail is to give up.
In my speech after being awarded MVP I said that the mark of a champion team is they fall down three times and get up four. It would have been easy for us to give up; to say “it’s never going to happen for us so why bother trying?”.
Big, important goals take patience and persistence. If we’re talking about weight loss or fitness or changing your eating (or drinking) habits – those things ALL take time. They’re not something you can master overnight or even in 28 days or 6 weeks. You can make progress in that time, sure. But big shifts take time. If you keep looking for the quick fix or the easy option then you’ll get short-term results at best. If you want life-changing, long-lasting results then you have to be prepared to play the long game.
The Goddesses who have had the most life-changing results are the ones who’ve played the long game. They’ve had patience, trusted in the process, slowly but surely lost body fat and gotten stronger/ fitter/ faster. And those are the girls, I can promise you, whose results will stick.
My drive to get more women those life-changing results has kept me busy over the Christmas break, tweaking and fine-tuning my 12-week New Year program to make it the best yet! I’ve incorporated all the best bits of the old program, which has achieved great results for so many Goddesses already, and added and changed other components to create my brand new 12-week Healthy Habits Transformation Program.
Because I know through my own evolution – from an overweight 20-something to a fit, healthy 40-year-old – and from the amazing results the Goddesses have achieved over the years, that REAL, lasting change doesn’t have to be complicated OR time-consuming.
BUT you do need a plan and a proven process to follow so you don’t waste time on things that don’t work (detoxes/ crash diets/ any food or drink labelled “slimming”).Which is why I’ve created a program that takes out the unnecessary fluff and only leaves in what works. Not “quick-fix” crap but long-lasting, life-changing strategies.
If you want to see for yourself what it’s all about – or you just want to start off the new year on the right foot – then join us for a FREE taster of the program: our 7-day Healthy Habits Kickstart Challenge, which starts January 7, HERE.
If you join the 7-day challenge, you’ll get an exclusive discounted invitation to join our 12-week program starting January 21 (AND I’ll send you my Fat-Loss Kickstarter recipe pack free, as a special bonus just for signing up)!
So here’s to a making 2019 your healthiest year yet – to starting as you plan to continue (no quick-fix crash diets allowed, OK?); to being kind to yourself and realistic in your expectations. There’s nothing wrong with setting big goals. Just remember to be patient with yourself in the process!
PS If you can’t join us on the 7-day challenge but you’re interested in our 12-week Healthy Habits Transformation (online and in-person options), click HERE to find out more!
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