New Year, Fresh Start – What’s YOUR Thing?

I spent all of December saying, “I’ll get back on track in January.” Cliche, I know. But I really enjoyed all those Christmas cookies.

However, by the end of December? I was over it. Ready to get back to healthy.

But did I start back on January 1? No. Why? Because “real life” never happens for me on January 1. It’s a little futile to even try. We were having friends over to watch the FSU game (sigh….) so we enjoyed the day.

My fresh start for the new year began this Monday – my first day back at work. I set the alarm for 5:15am and set out a new workout DVD. My co-worker and many of my friends have raved about how much they love T25. It’s just 25 minutes/day for 5 days/week. So I tried it.

Umm…it’s not for me.

The reason why there are SO many different workouts out there? There are SO many different types of people!

My co-worker likes to go ALL out, jumping around, burning a crazy amount of calories and being absolutely BEAT at the end.

I used to be the same way. I’m not anymore.

Don’t get me wrong – it’s a great workout. For the right people. But for me? I found myself wishing the whole time I had just put one of my PiYo DVDs in. So the next day, that’s what I did.


And it felt awesome.

So yes, I’m still on the PiYo bandwagon. Or back on it, I guess.

At this point in my life, I’m not working out with a primary focus of losing weight – although I did lose weight when I was doing it before. But my priorities are more about building strength, improving flexibility and focusing on my posture. PiYo does that for me. I feel somehow centered when I do it – when I do something with a lot of jumping around, I just feel like I’m flailing around a bit. I don’t like that feeling.

So tonight I’ll be setting my alarm for 5:15am again tomorrow and I’m somehow excited about it. Now if I could just get to bed earlier…:)

The point of this post? This year, focus on finding what works for YOU, not what works for anyone else. I’ve spent too many years trying to do workouts I felt like I “should” enjoy just because other people did. Not everyone enjoys running. Not everyone enjoys Zumba. Not everyone enjoys Cross Fit. If you do? Go for it. If you don’t? Find YOUR thing and go with it.

What is YOUR thing?  Have you discovered anything that definitely is NOT your thing? I’d love to hear some stories. 🙂


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4 Responses to New Year, Fresh Start – What’s YOUR Thing?

  1. During my adult life I’ve been a cardio and some light weights kind of girl. It’s really NOT my thing, but weight gain has steered my confidence away from trying new things. I tend to shy away from “new” because my fitness levels are not where I think they should be. I would love to try yoga again for the first time in 10 years. And the young ballet dancer inside is dying to try a Barre class, or even PiYo.

  2. My thing is CrossFit! I love the high intensity and olympic lifting. I totally agree… find what works for you! I also started my “fresh start” on Monday! Day 4 and I’m already feeling better 🙂

  3. I started over again on January 1st doing a mileaday challenge for January to get me back in a daily workout routine. I think February is going to be a squat challenge with treadmill workouts combined with it. I just need to do something every day to continue do something. I haven’t found my thing yet but I know I like something that changes up frequently. I did zumba once and liked it, thinking of trying a WERQ class in February.

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