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Confession: I am not a traditional “new year’s dieter”

I am not a traditional “new year’s dieter.”

As an advocate for health and wellness and a professional in the space, I generally live healthy all year long. In fact, I can’t remember a January I set out to “lose weight.”

It’s more like a random Friday that I feel like my jeans are too tight so I pick up the pace and cut back on the snacks. There you have it, no need to lose weight in January when you react that quickly, right?

I'm not a traditional new year's dieter

Last year was different for me.

I started a new company and I have a new relationship. And let’s not forget I moved just one more year into my forties. All in all, the end of 2017 looked as different from 2016 as it possibly could.

I have a team, we have real clients, we do physical work. There are deadlines, expectations and expirations. I had double the social obligations last year and it was all very fun!

With all the glorious new things that came my way in 2017, one thing I did not get more of was time, and something had to give. For the first time in my grown-up, professional life I literally “did not have time to exercise.” Ha!

I’ve been combating that excuse as a coach for years! This was the first year I understood the true predicament. I’d come home after a long shift in the kitchen and a glass of wine on the couch with some popcorn covered in butter seemed like the perfect solution. Sleeping in the next morning to recover made way more sense than a 6am workout…

For nearly a decade, nothing has been more important to me than running. On average I exercised about 10-15 hours a week training for marathons and doing enough strength and flexibility training to avoid injury.

All of that kept me pretty lean and truly allowed me to eat “whatever I wanted.” I kind of always knew in the back of my head that not everybody out there really had the flexibility in life to make fitness that much of a commitment…

I'm not a traditional new year's dieter

“Welcome to reality Teresa”...Thanks, it’s nice to be here.

I feel humbled and I feel optimistic that I can leverage what I really know about health and wellness and apply it to a real life setting, with real demands and in a 40+ year old body. I’m committing January to “getting back on track” and more importantly, figuring out how to balance the fit lifestyle that makes me happy and proud with my new surroundings.

How I plan to “get back on track” in January

All solid goals must have an actionable plan — here’s mine! You’re welcome to join in for any or all of it!

  • My January Weight Loss Challenge: I’m doing the workout plan from this challenge along with parts of the menu plan and the support from Slimvance. I’ll be checking in daily with the whole gang! If you have not already, you should join. It’s open to the world and it’s free.
  • The Clean & Colorful Kitchen: We start cooking again this weekend so I’ll be doing our 3-Day Detox next week and getting back on track with our meals and smoothies for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you are in San Diego, look us up. We cook really good food. Trust me. If you’re not in SD, you can still purchase our recipes for either the 3-Day Detox, our digital Recipe Guide or the entire 28-Days Program.
  • The Studio Lifted January Challenge: My new, most favorite Brick and Mortar Boss Babe is the owner of Studio Lifted and she is in a similar boat. Her studio is launching a January Challenge and she’s my accountability partner. If you are in San Diego, you should definitely join this challenge! It’s only $69 for the entire month of unlimited classes. I’m going Monday, Wednesday and Friday to their Sculpt/Spin combo class.

I'm not a traditional new year's dieter

Note: For those of you who don’t know, we started testing the Clean & Colorful Kitchen in January of last year and opened to the public in March. We moved kitchens in September and have been growing steadily ever since. It’s a joy. And it’s a grind!

I have a plan. I have set my mindset to a place of love and I am EXCITED! Tell me your plans for January and beyond!

Teresa Marie Howes, BS, CPT, HHP
Teresa Marie is a nutrition expert, fitness enthusiast and health coach. She is backed with a BS in Nutrition, an MBA, a CPT from ACE and 16+ years of experience in the weight loss and wellness space. She is the founder and lead contributor of this site and coaches clients across the globe on how to achieve better health and more happiness by implementing the 4 Universal Diet Truths of her Clean & Colorful Concept.

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1 Comment

  • Gizem Aras

    First of all thank you for this beautiful article. I’ll ask you a question.
    I’m starting to lose weight a lot these days. As a woman, it makes me sad. I recently told a friend that he received a program called 2 week diet and was pleased with the results. Would you suggest me this diet program? Thank you.

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