So sorry for the very long break from this blog. Holiday time came around and, per usual, life gets a little nuts. Things start to get out of whack and then before you know it, here you are, back at another January. And I know for most people, January is a time for reflection and goal setting. A time to look back at the previous years or years, and decide what worked for you and what didn’t, and make resolutions for the next year.

Those of you who know me well, know that I am not much into making New Year’s Resolutions. I believe they are actually counter-productive for most people and cause more disappointment than success stories. So in typical New Year’s fashion, I once again decided that I would not make New Year’s Resolutions, in particular ones about my health and fitness, as I truly believe if those things are not important to you all the time, then no amount of resolutions are going to make them more important to you.

Instead, this year I have decided to focus on evolution, rather than resolution, when it comes to my health and fitness. I feel like 2014 was a good base for me to build off of and that in 2015, instead of resolving to get better, leaner, stronger, or any other healthy fitness adjective I can think of, I’d focus on evolving what I already do to try and be all those things and more. And the ‘more’ is really important to me this year.

I have been trying to take a step back and refocus my priorities when it comes to my health and fitness and that has caused me to re-evaluate my approach. I figured out I am probably focusing too much on the wrong things, most alarmingly, my physical appearance, as that tends to be the most obvious thing to use to measure success. The problem with that approach is, your body is always in flux, especially for us women. You’re always going to have periods when you love your body and others when you can’t stand to look at your body in a mirror. It just comes with the territory. But I read something this morning that really put this into perspective for me and is what pushed me to write this post:

“Your health is what you make of it. The real distinction between healthy and unhealthy is giving a damn about your body; and making sure you do something—heck, anything—consistently so that you can live a long, active life, take care of yourself, and take care of others in this world.”
– Adam Bornstein, Born Fitness
– See more at: http://www.bornfitness.com/born-fitness-approach-health-fitness/#sthash.m8bWoegh.dpuf

This pretty much said everything I had been trying to articulate but couldn’t in the past couple months. I always say, we only have one body, so best to take care of it, but somehow this just sounded SO much better. This is the real reason all of us should care about our bodies. Not to hit a certain number on the scale, not to get our body fat to a certain percentage and definitely not to fit into those skinny jeans from high school! We should care because we care about living and about life and other people in our lives.

This is not to say there is not room for a little vanity here and there. Heck, sometimes keeping that pair of skinny jeans from high school around is a good motivator to keep your goals in check and to push yourself that extra mile when you just can’t find the motivation from within.

So maybe this year, like me, you can start to take a look at how your can evolve rather than resolve. How you can focus more on living a healthy life for yourself and others, because you only have one body, and you should show it the respect it deserves.