2018 Isn't Over Yet

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 As the end of the year approaches, the familiar mantra of “New Year, New Me” is beginning to resurface in our social media feeds and in our conversations.  Yet, I can’t help but to wonder, why do we wait for a new year to arrive before we begin working on our “new me?”  Why not start right now?!  Admittedly so, I used to chant this cliché mantra as I listed all of the goals I hoped to achieve in the forthcoming year.  However, as I continue to learn and grow in my own journey, I’ve come to realize that there is no better time to become the best version of myself than the here and now.  Why wait?  Why wait for another year, day, or even moment to pass me by where I am not making conscious efforts toward becoming a better version of myself? Tomorrow is not promised and if I have the opportunity to cease a moment in 2018, then I am going to do just that!

Rather than binge eating on all of my favorite fried foods and sugary treats as I count down to the end of the year and beginning of yet another New Year’s Resolution (as I have done so before), I decided to recommit to my health and fitness journey while there was still time remaining in 2018.  By committing to eating healthier 80% of the time (the other 20% is for my human moments and guilty pleasures :D), I have maintained a weight loss of nearly 15lbs thus far in the last few months.  I was also able to begin healing the root of why I used to emotionally eat and cope with stress with food.  Additionally, I recently began exercising more regularly and consistently to strengthen my physical body and to have more mental toughness.  Those who have known me for quite some time would’ve thought I was already doing these things because I had before.  However, life happened.  I fell off.  I battled with random moments of depressive episodes for various reasons.  I forgot to take care of me.

Instead of waiting for 2019 to arrive, I took control of my life and myself by committing to my “New Year, New Me” NOW! I am so grateful that I did.  I am working toward an even better version of myself right now, as I type this blog post.  It’s nostalgic in a way.  When I initially began my journey toward transforming my life from the inside-out nine years ago, it began with health and fitness.  And to take it a step further, when I initially found a healthy outlet of running to cope with the childhood trauma I had experienced, I was 11 years old.  Returning to health and fitness is like returning home for me.  It has always been the start to new and transformative experiences.  By deciding to recommit myself to what I’ve always known, before the year ends, can only mean one thing, 2019 means I will be a NEW ME!

So, I want to challenge you to decide today, right now, in this moment to do something that your future 2019 self will thank you for.  You don’t have to wait for January 01, 2019 to arrive before you begin that new goal, change that bad habit, or even get out of that bad and toxic situation. All you have to do is decide. Decide now that today will be the day that you stop allowing each year to pass you by before you truly commit to evolving into a better version of yourself.  You don’t need a New Year holiday to help you do that; you only need your own commitment to yourself.  So, will you commit to… YOU?

Below are five reasons why you should ditch the New Year’s Resolution anthem of a “New Year, New Me” and just become a new you right now:

1) Time is the most valuable asset we have in life.  It cannot be replicated, duplicated, or repeated.  It is something that if you don’t embrace it in the moment, you lose it forever.  As said in the aforementioned tomorrow is not promised.  You don’t know what life will bring to you, why not cease the moment now and begin working toward that new you right now?

2)  YOU. WILL. FEEL. BETTER! Period. Studies show that the happiest people in the world are those who are always working toward a goal, regardless of how grand or small it may be, they (we) are always working toward a goal.  It is not the achievement or the outcome of that goal that brings the most happiness, rather the pursuit of it.  Don’t you want to feel and be happier? I’m sure not only your loved ones will thank you for it, but so will yourself.

3)  You need AT LEAST 21 days to make or break a habit.  As of today, you have 22 days to do just that.  Can you see it?  You going into 2019 with a new habit?  Or have broken that old habit that you have been tired of holding you back for so long?  You can be a new you on the first day of the year (if you start now)!

4)   Your future self with thank you for it!  I can’t count how many times I have extended gratitude toward my own self for beginning various journeys that have led me to a better version of myself.  Those times where I made the hard decisions when I didn’t “feel like it” and grew that self-discipline muscle is how I have been able to experience transformation in various areas of my life.  I am thankful to my old self for doing the hard things back then, when it wasn’t easy to do so.  

5)   YOU DESERVE IT!  That’s right, you deserve your own commitment, efforts, and discipline!  How many times have you been committed to your employer, or loved one?  How many times did you jump to fulfill a task for someone else or be there for a friend who needed you?  When is the last time you did these things for yourself?  When is the last time you committed yourself to you?  Do you believe that you deserve it?  Well I am here to tell you that you do!  Believe that you deserve it and watch how powerfully and magically your life beautifully unfolds right before your eyes! <3

Love and Growth, 

Casandra

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