2013! It’s going to be a great year!

I truly believe this will be a great year, but I also think that if you put out positive, you get positive back. If everybody goes around saying that things are so bad, nothing’s going your way, well, nothing is going to go your way. But if you go around telling everybody things are great and they go and pass it to the next person and the next person, the positivity will spread.

So I decided 2013 is going to be a great year and I have to say that so far it’s going my way. Within my business, within my own life, the things that I am achieving and, just like everybody else, in the Browning Fitness New Year Challenge that we do each January. This year we have record number of people participating. Clients, staff, everyone is starting the year on a healthy note. This challenge requires I give up the things I love the most: sugar, bread, and of course my tequila drink. Alcohol is out across the board. Additionally no cheese, nuts, and anything else one would consider sugar, like raisins, dried fruit and honey. As always with this challenge I’m amazed at how much I struggle with it. I find I’m tired, I’m lethargic, I have no energy, and I really am just in a bad mood. Even though I insisted that this year was going to be a great year, and it is, I do notice that this challenge is not an easy thing to do.

One of the things I notice, which is what I’ve always told everybody, is how much I miss and feel the difference without the simple carbs like bread, pasta, rolls, and my fiber light English muffins. These simple carbs that will turn right to sugar. Instead of these I’m having sweet potato or quinoa in the morning or doing juices. (I got a juicer from my staff for Christmas this year, which was fantastic!) I’ll throw in beets, greens, raw sweet potato, brussel sprouts and all sorts of things. But even with this somehow an hour or two later I’m shaky, light headed, tired, can’t concentrate, which is something I never find when I start my day with the toasted light english muffin I’m used to. Of course, I know it’s not the ideal choice, but it is 100 calories, it does have 6g of fiber, 7g of protein and only 1g of fat. Even if it’s psychological, (just like I was saying about the positive,) it does start my day off great and I don’t find myself dipping in my energy because there is not too much sugar in it. I am definitely noticing a difference in my mood on the challenge because these simple carbs, like the bread and pasta do effect our seratonin levels and they are uppers. I see often that people who eat like this on a regular basis, all protein and no carbs, are often more depressed and have mood issues.

Doing this challenge and giving up these things I really see how hard it is. It reminds me how it must be for those people out there who have illnesses and have no choice but to give up certain things based on their dietary needs. I have a client who has recently been diagnosed with a particular acid reflux issue and has had to totally change her diet from what she eats, drinks, even to how she combines foods. I see how hard it is just for me to do this challenge and it’s just for fourteen days!

That’s where positive thinking comes in. Look at your life and no matter what you have, this year going into 2013, be grateful for what you have, because when you are grateful, you are always, as I’ve said, time and time again, happy. Happy leads to positivity and positivity makes the world go round in a great way.

Have a great 2013!