2019: The Year of The Warrior

It’s the perfect time to begin, or to begin again!

It’s time to celebrate!  We have a fresh, new year ahead of us in which to learn and grow, to make new pathways in our brains that spark our creativity, fire our goals, and inspire us to live our very best life!
Have you made any resolutions?  The standard meaning of the word “resolution” is a firm decision to do (or not to do) something.  It’s true, most new year’s resolutions crash and burn before January is over.  So let’s reframe this practice by keeping it simple.
Let’s just make one.  Let’s resolve to find refreshing new ways to get inspired, fired up, and wired up for vibrant health!  Let’s use the month of January as a time of R&R&R (renewal, rejuvenation, and recovery).  It just takes a bit of creativity!
Creativity is being open to possibilities.  It is that elegant and that simple.
31 days!  That’s plenty of time!  31 days to apply some R&R&R to your ordinary, everyday life.
Begin a new phase in your life with the spirit of a Warrior!
In this context, a warrior is someone who believes in something bigger than themselves.  They live by a code that I call the 4F’s – Fearless faith, focus, and fortitude.  Fearless, because when you begin doing what you fear you begin to fear it less and less; faith in the wellspring of inspiration (and your own resourcefulness) that is available for all in all ways; focus – keeping your eyes on the prize and following your vision of your very best life; and fortitude – the tenacity that keeps you placing one foot ahead of the other on the trek, regardless of setbacks, or even failure.
Because you are worth your best effort.  Because those you love are worth your best effort.  
I am not attempting to inspire you to be Lagertha or Ragnar Lodbrok from Vikings, but to offer you inspiration that can kick-start your personal resolve get in the best shape of your life – to eat cleaner and greener, get stronger and leaner!  To feel free and empowered in your own rockin’ bod, in 2019.
Are you willing?  Will you resolve to use this time to consider new possibilities?
I am 58 and plan on bidding farewell to 2019 in the best shape of my life!  Physical and emotional wellbeing are two of my favorite topics to explore.  In the past year, I have been doing tons of research and studying the best and newest science in psychology, nutrition, exercise, and longevity.  I would be honored to share some of what I call my WOW! moments of insight with you.
I love sports, the outdoors, and naturally, outdoor sports!  We road bike, kayak, snowshoe, and cross-country ski.  We also resistance train at the gym when the weather gets too cranky.  But most of all my husband and I love to hike mountains (Mt. Katahdin in Maine, USA and Mt. Washington in New Hampshire, USA, are among some of our favorite mountains to hike ever!).  In October 2019 we are planning to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – this is my personal “prize” for 2019 and I have my eyes firmly fixed on it!!
I am huge on metrics – how far I’ve walked, how much weight I lift, how far I bike or hike, and now – tracking my sleep quality.  I received a Huawei Health Band 2 Pro for Christmas (it has a sleep tracker) and will be posting on how this Health Band product performs – I’ve been workin’ it for 6 days now and really like it.
Perhaps you are very close to being in the shape of your life.  Perhaps you have a way to go before you are in the shape of your life…regardless of your fitness level, it would be cool to have you join me on this trek!
We can make this year, the Year of The Warrior, by bringing fearless faith, focus, and fortitude to our everyday actions!
Let’s begin our January recovery and resource building time beginning with this series of questions, covering many areas of physical wellbeing, that may help you discover the areas in which you would like to begin:
Mindset
Are you a creative person?
Are you self-motivated?
How open are you to trying something new?
How open are you to taking educated risks?
Food
Do you like to cook?
Do you enjoy trying new foods and flavors?
Do you find it hard to eat breakfast?
Do you believe you need to eat at regular intervals even though you don’t feel hungry?
Do you often feel hungry?
Do you experience cravings for salty or sugary foods?
Do you often feel that you eat too much?
Do you often feel sluggish after a meal?
Do you often experience a 3pm energy crash?
Do you suffer from gut issues (indigestion, IBS, etc.)?
Exercise
Do you enjoy physical activity?
Are you best doing individual or team-based activities?
Do you exercise regularly?
How comfortable are you with physical discomfort?
Habits
Do you have a practical Self-Care Plan?
How often do you struggle with regrets or negative self-talk about your physique?
Do you smoke or vape?
Do you drink alcohol?
Do you have a dog?  Or another kind of pet?
How often do you spend time outdoors in nature?
Medical Stats
When was the last time you had a thorough physical examination by a qualified health care professional?
Are you over 40 years of age?
Would you be considered clinically overweight, or underweight?
Do you know your physical health numbers? (your waist measurement, Body Mass Index (BMI), blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, fasting blood sugar levels).
What is your resting heart rate?  (taken before you get out of bed in the morning).
Has your doctor told you that you are insulin resistant or pre-diabetic?
Do you take meds for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or Type-2 diabetes?
Do you have joint stiffness and/or pain when you move?  When you are at rest?
Sleep
How well do you sleep at night?
Do you nap?
Do you watch TV in your bedroom?
Is your bedroom an oasis of calm?
Do you have a pre-bedtime routine?
Discover Your Prime Motivators
In order to make any permanent and lasting change, it is vital to determine what drives you – to discover your prime motivators.  This knowledge will offer you clarity, and be a valuable asset in this important work.  Consider the list below and put them in order of importance for you.  This list will get you started – add to it if you have other motivators not listed here, and feel free to share them with me in the comments below!
What do you value the most about your physical health?  The three things that top your list can be considered your prime motivators.
– Overall Energy (vitality, vigor, life force or Qi)
– Flexibility
– Range of movement (think dancer’s moves)
– Freedom from pain
– Weight loss
– Feeding your body well
– Exercise/sports
– Stress Relief
– Strong digestion
– Ease of breathing
– Mental sharpness
– Freedom from disease/disease prevention
– Physical strength (muscle tone)
– Lean muscle mass
– Endurance
– Enjoyment of life’s physical pleasures
– Longevity (for self, family, health family legacy)
If this 31-day R&R&R intrigues you, Spread the Love! and share this post.  And I would love to hear your warrior stories as we go along!
Note:  Before beginning any new exercise plan or making dietary changes, I recommend consulting with your doctor.
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Published by Paula D. Tozer

I am a writer, poet and singer/songwriter. I am a Toastmaster, motivational speaker, personal creativity coach, and workshop leader. My most sincere wish is to share my words with others, and that we both benefit from the exchange.

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