Happy New Year! It's time to reflect on the past year, and think about making changes where needed.
This past year has been wonderful to me. My family is healthy, my children are happy, I reconnected with an old friend :), and although I don't equate my weight with being happy, my weight is the lowest it has been since my 29 year old was born. :)
The big thing this year is to pick a phrase or a word to focus on for 2017. I found my phrase a few days ago, while I was at the gym at my Ab Class. Here is how it happened......
So, this class is an all over strengthening class with abdominal and core work using some Pilates techniques. There are some moves that I am unable to do, either because my abs are not strong enough, or my weight is hindering movements. Some exercises are getting easier, and there are a few that I just never even try because, well, I don't think I could do it, so I don't try. The other day, we were working on lower abs where you are on your back and your legs are out about 6 inches from the floor and you do frog legs in and out. Well, normally I raise my legs up really high because I just don't think I can do it in the lower position. This particular day, I decided to keep them low and guess what? I could do it. Not all 20, but I did at least 5 before I had to stop. The point is, I did it! I could do it! This made me think of all of the times that I just tell myself, I can't do certain things so I don't even try, both physically and mentally. We are redoing our kitchen and Greg asked me if I could help him bring the new counter in. Immediately, I thought "I can't!" "It's to heavy, to long to awkward. I can't do that." I didn't say it out loud, but I almost did. I ended up helping him carry it in and set it on and it was fine. I didn't give my self enough credit. I just thought, I can't.
The older I get the more I tend to rely on Greg or my kids to figure things out for me mentally. Things like, my phone, the TV......little things that would only take a minute to figure out but I ask for help instead. I don't want to be that older person who needs to rely on others....
I've decided that my phrase for this year is "I CAN". I can. No more giving up before I even try. No more asking for help instead of trying to figure thinks out first. No more negative thoughts anymore.
I can! I can! I can!
Let make 2017 a year to remember!