Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

New Year?? Um, Chelle? You've got your holiday's mixed up... that must have been some party this weekend! 

Nope! Though it was a great party! Today is October 31st... Halloween, Samhain, The Celtic New Year. (And my own personal Independence Day). This day has special significance to me, not just as my favorite holiday, but as a time to stop and reflect, evaluate, prepare, and move forward. Traditionally, this holiday commemorates the final harvest of the year and subsequent preparation for winter. Following that, everything I've done during this last 12 months has led to me to this moment of harvest. What worked? What didn't? What can I change? Am I prepared to face what comes next?

For me, this is always a day of goal evaluation and setting. One collection of goals inevitably involves my eating and exercise habits through the winter. This is a notorious time for weight gain. Between holiday parties, feasts, and frantic schedules, eating what's handy or what looks good often becomes the norm and by the time spring rolls around we, too, carry an extra roll. Is that what I want? NO! Have I worked this hard, changed my life this much, to go soft and squishy for the holidays? NO! Does this mean I can't enjoy holiday treats? No, again.

Living a lifestyle of health isn't about denying yourself, it's about honoring yourself. One of the ways I choose to honor myself this holiday season is to make my food and exercise deliberate. This winter won't be "well, I hope to..." - it will be, "I am..." I am eating clean, right now. I am exercising today. I am preparing my food for a week of healthy, clean eating. I am making time for myself. And I am going to enjoy holiday treats - with moderation, deliberation, and honor.

I am honoring myself, and my journey, by ensuring that come spring, the only soft & squishy things near me will be those stuffed Easter Bunnies!

I'll have some of my new goals for the year to share with you soon, in the meantime... I encourage you to take a moment today, on this cusp between the old and new, and reflect, evaluate and prepare. Don't wait until January 1st to set your goals. Start now, today.

What is one step you can take today that will bring you closer to your goal tomorrow?


  1. Thank you for letting us in a little more and sharing more of your amazing story. I know that I'm not the only one who was deeply touched by this post and the link you included re your personal independence day. :)

  2. I consider Halloween/Samhain as my new year too. And love Loreena. :) I just found your blog - your story is so inspiring! Happy new year!