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!
Join us in congratulating Branielle - our April Athlete of the Month. Branielle has been training with us since September 2021 when her boss and Wilcox Client, Tom, encouraged her to get started, and we are so happy that he did!
“My boss trains at Wilcox as well and watching his transformation and how highly he speaks of the trainers has really inspired me. He is currently still a client and I love seeing him leaving when I am coming into the gym. His drive for fitness and how much he tries to pass it onto his employees amazes me”.
She embraced the extra support and the community engagement in the program. She utilized each resource to help her along her journey including being consistent about submitting a nutrition journal each week so that she could get tips on where she could make small, incremental changes in how she was eating. She worked hard to make healthy swaps and adjust her portion sizes so that she could continue to make progress towards her weight loss goals. She’s noticing her clothes fitting better and even fitting into smaller sizes.
When Branielle was asked what her best advice is for getting started in a health & fitness program this is what she said: “Just start. Get through the first couple of weeks. You will never know what you can do or can’t do unless you try it. Commit to a month and see how you feel. You won’t want to take a nap in the afternoons anymore. You will have more energy. You will overall feel better. You will make new friends that will support your journey”.
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.