April 2023: Strip out the Junk
Spring is in the air, and if you’re anything like me you’re starting to do some spring cleaning around the house and yard. It always feels so good to have things tidied up after the winter. While we’re cleaning up the house, let’s also talk about cleaning up what we’re putting into our bodies….and cleaning out the old ideas that we hold in our minds and that hold us back.
This month I want to talk about stripping the junk out of our daily lives. When we think about stripping out the junk in our lives you may have immediately gone to the importance of stripping out junk food, and that is certainly a good thing to look to strip out, but I’m also talking about stripping out junk in terms of anything that creates an obstacle along your health & fitness journey. This could also include what you focus on with your thoughts & beliefs, which can have a major influence on your confidence, mindset and motivation.
Food is definitely an important “junk” consideration that is well worth reducing or eliminating from our diet, and certainly worth talking a bit about. Have you ever noticed that foods that aren't exactly “good” for you seem to taste amazing?
It’s kind of like Mother Nature is playing a practical joke… but there are a few reasons this happens.
So if you find yourself craving these foods, that’s by design!
I’m sharing this with you because I believe knowledge is power — and keeping this in mind helps me keep my own food choices in check!
According to the National Academy of Sciences, people eat too many calories, saturated fats, and added sugars; too much sodium; and not enough vitamin D, calcium, potassium, or fiber, and here’s the big kicker: the top causes of death (heart disease, diabetes, some types of cancer, etc.) are strongly associated with our food choices, making the elimination or reduction of these foods a real priority for the sake of our long term health.
But….with that said, if we continue to struggle with our overall mindset and motivation, making adjustments to what we are eating can be that much more challenging. So let’s talk a bit about changing our mindset first so that we can be better prepared to tackle all aspects of our health & fitness with greater confidence and chances for success.
On the other hand, there are also hard things that we DON’T choose and don’t move us forward - things like frequent doctor appointments to manage chronic health conditions, struggling to go up the stairs without feeling winded, being unable to keep up with our kids or feeling confident engaging in active social engagements like going out for a hike with friends on a beautiful spring day.
My point is that there is so much more to gain by putting in the effort to change things that will make our lives better because no matter how we look at it our choices will be hard. The question is, are you choosing to tackle the hard things that will make a difference in your life or are you coping with hard things that only create extra challenges and limitations in your life?
So how to get started?
Here’s a simple 3 step process that I think can get you on the right track:
Step 3: Now it’s time to get into problem-solving mode and TAKE ACTION.
Let’s make this springtime season all about cleaning out the junk in ALL aspects of our lives. You’ve got this! And don’t forget. If you need a little help, we’re here for you!
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Hi! My name is Allison Hopkins and I am the owner of Wilcox Wellness & Fitness in Brunswick, ME. I am excited to bring WILCOX to Brunswick and share in my passion for living a great life through health and fitness.