Adieu 2019

I can’t put my finger on it, but I am beyond excited for 2020. Such a fresh start with a new decade, and I appreciate getting older as I feel more confident, a better communicator, more grounded and more (although I know there is much growth to come).

On the birth of the new year, I want to continue, start and stop the below. Above all, I am grateful and so blessed for what 2019 gave me.

I encourage you to use these 4 words and doodle some thoughts for yourself on what you want out of the decade ahead.

  • Continue:
    • Being generous. Generosity was your best lesson in 2019. You donated your time, money and talents more than ever before and it was beyond rewarding.
    • Continue taking care of my gut, following my latest MRT results and following my LEAP protocol.
    • Reaching out to those who need you most.
    • Being graceful with myself and my diabetes. High and low blood sugars can rob me from the moment, but as I continue to be mindful of the journey (which has taken me most of my 28 years having type 1 diabetes), I can take the right actions to calibrate.
    • Writing to your viewers weekly in your Sunday with Kelly newsletter. You love to write, educate, and inspire.
    • Offering a quarterly blood sugar reset (first one starts January 6th). Sometimes it’s new news for individuals with blood sugar challenges to know their liver needs a lot of love.
    • Mapping out your morning yoga and weight lifting classes. Again, in 2019 this new habit was a ripple effect for a lot of positives in your day.
    • Growing my faith. I did 4 Alpha sessions with my church, and each experience opened a new door of deeper faith in different ways. This year, I intend to explore my faith even more and intend to involve my family and kids more often.
  • Start:
    • Being savvy with your time, energy, commitments, space and work. Create space in your day and life by making the right decisions for your goals and desires.
    • Being less accessible so you can focus on where you need to be more successful. As an extrovert, you want to fill your days and weekends, but as you focus on being Savvy (my 2020 word), you need to say no, to everything that’s not a, “hell yes.”
    • To outsource the needs that are not your gifts. Do it, Kelly.
    • Dream, dream, and dream some more.
    • Yoga sculpt teaching. Get your certification done and get out there and inspire.
  • “Say no to,” so you can “Say yes to Kelly”:
    • more things on the weekends so you can start fresher each week. Or be more mindful of how much rest you allow for on the weekends.
    • alcohol. While you don’t abuse it, it does take away from your sleep and energy. Set new limits on how much you want to enjoy each month.
    • …this one will be an ongoing conversation throughout the year.
  • Stop:
    • Doubting yourself. You grow the most when you fail. Learn to fail really well this year.
    • Being frustrated when your blood sugars go high/low. Kelly, just like yoga, managing type 1 diabetes is a practice.
    • Looking at your phone too long into the evening.
    • Pushing too hard. We all need our rest.
    • Comparing yourself. Yes, everyone does it, but it’s not serving you.
    • Cleaning so much. Dirt don’t hurt. Outsource house cleaning every once in a while (Amazon Prime has cleaners FYI!!).
  • Grateful (for):
    • Your family and that we are not bound by illness. You are never guaranteed tomorrow and loving what you are given today.
    • Your neighbors and friends. They are a gift.
    • Your career. You are well aware of the challenges of type 1 diabetes, but this disease has lit a fire within you.
    • On that note, you are so grateful for type 1 diabetes. It’s your passion, purpose and your strength.
    • Your business coach. Chere Bork is like your live guardian angel where she has come in and out of your life at the perfect times.
    • Yoga. A new love of yours and a place that helps you be your best person every day.
    • Your family getaway. It’s your motivator.
    • Your Dexcom. Of all of your diabetes tools, your Dex is the best.

New Year’s Health Goals

This January I implore you to not make a New Year’s resolution (they don’t last long enough), but to strive to build habits that help you gain on your health year round. Here are a few ideas:

  • Research shows a strong correlation with those who note, lose weight by eating better. This process makes us accountable and I recommend clients use old school pen and paper. This process, verses an app like MyFitnessPal, helps us zero in on our appetite with no calorie counting distractions. Data from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found those who wrote everything down lost 2x as much weight as those who didn’t. How is that for motivation? A small task can give big results.
  • Pack your meals. When we pack our lunch, we can control the portion size and ingredients. Use the structure of going to an office to your advantage. Having this boundary and packing meals/snack, you can leave your options to healthy ones, even when at home you wouldn’t follow through. For example, my afternoon snack in the office used to 1-2 cups of raw vegetables and nuts. At home, I’d forgo the vegetables and likely eat more nuts, but if I was in an office and was hungry, I’d eat what I had on hand.
  • Make sleep hygiene a priority. When we lock this in, many other healthy habits fall into place. First sleep needs to be appreciated and then it needs nurtured. On average the clocked hours in bed are as appalling as the current obesity rates. This might be common sense, but we will never have more than 24 hours in a day and the best ways to slow down time is to 1) organize ourselves, 2) be mindful (do you ever pause before eating?) and 3) meditate. So back to sleep – as adults we need a bedtime and a bedtime routine, just like children. We shall not abuse caffeine as it not only hurts our sleep it can hurt our hormones. More tips on sleep here. 
  • Move with interest. Likely we can all agree that movement is good, but make sure it’s something you enjoy. Yes, we may judge an interval workout will give a bigger burn than a walk, but if walking is something we really want to do, it benefits the body and the mind. Find new things that excite you, and rotate the activity each month, before it dulls.
  • I am 100% stealing this brilliant idea from one of my favorite podcasts, The Health Bridge. It’s a 100 day Gong, or what can be defined as in Chinese, it’s a designated amount of time to practice a daily task. Data shows a habit takes about 90 days, so this time-frame is a beautiful amount of time to commit to a healthy action. January 1 I am committing to a 100 day Gong to #1) have warm greetings with my husband, and #2) have a 1 sentence gratitude journal. As for warm greetings, this encompasses just that. Rather than yelling to my husbands office, “good-bye” when I am off to an errand, I intend to put in more effort with our departure and my return. What type of task would you like to commit to?
  • Theme/word. What theme or word would you like to empower for 2017? This year I want to be my best self and expect more out of myself. My word for 2017 is, “Rockstar.” I will believe in myself to accomplish more things and to be pleasantly surprised with what I can succeed to.

Life and health is a journey. No need to hold guilt over your head if you fall off track of what you intend. Just aim to take 3 steps forward with less back. Progress is a win.

Cheers to good health and Happy New Year!

Kelly Schmidt, RD, LDN