It’s that time of year again.

I know it has been awhile and rather than make excuses, I’ll just own up and say one of my goals for 2019 is to do better at giving everyone my two cents worth in the coming year.

So with that being said, here’s a little update as to what has been going on at CWP/CM recently. Well, I finally did it, the pain got to be too much and it really starting to impact all aspects of my life so I had hip replacement. I was lucky enough to get a recommendation for a fabulous orthopedic surgeon at New England Baptist, Dr. James Phillps. He uses an anteriolateral approach, which is muscle sparing, so I left the hospital in less that 24 hours with no restrictions and taking minimal meds. I am 2 1/2 weeks out, walking with a cane, mostly as a security blanket, and looking forward to getting back to training. Below is the before and after pics, the entire process has been quite fascinating.

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Ok, with that out of the way it’s time to dig into today’s topic, the New Year. 2018 is quickly coming to a close and with that comes the New Years tradition of RESOLUTIONS. You know those things we jot down just before the stroke of midnight on Dec 31st, swearing we will adhere to them for the entire year to come. Well, for most, within 2 weeks we are back to the usual grind, resolutions either forgotten, or begrudgingly pushed aside all for the sake of ‘saving time’.

While the entire process of taking the time to think about, write down and develop action steps for success is useful, unless we can really see why we want to do this, understand how it will benefit us in the long and are willing to go through a little bit of discomfort, be physical, mental or emotional, it is an act of futility.

So then, oh enlightened one, you may be thinking, how do we go about making change that is meaningful and sustainable.

Well first we must understand that we are not alone in this fight, that all of us start each year with good intentions only to have those intentions drift away like dust in the wind as the days, weeks and months pass.

Secondly, it has been my experience that most of us try to do too much. Much like the idea of multitasking, the ability to make significant whole scale changes across multiple aspects of our life is a myth, well sort of as we will see in a minute. The key is to focus on one habit, act, aspect of life and one alone, and once that specific habit is mastered move on to the next.

This may seem like a simple act but in reality it can be quite complex. Let us use the idea of losing weight as an example. First off, I never say I want to lose weight but rather I want to change my body composition, and lord knows, I need to do this after months of not being able to train but at the same time not adjusting my caloric intake to equate to the fewer calories burned.

So, if I want to change my body composition to have success as my goal or resolution, I must address multiple aspects of my life to do so. I will make note of some of them here but realize this is by not means an all inclusive list. So here is some food for thought regarding what aspects of my life need to changed to accomplish my goal of better body composition:

  • Nutrition- this is everyone’s first stop on the road to better body composition. So here instead making wholesale changes I may simply say, I am going to eat real, whole foods to begin the process. That act alone, getting rid of processed foods may be all that is needed to jump start the change.

  • Exercise- it is easy to say I will do it later or I don’t have time, but we all have time throughout the day to do a little, maybe it’s walking up and down a few flights of stairs at lunchtime or prepping lunch, laying out your workout and work clothes the night before so you can use that time in the morning for a 15-20 walk on the treadmill before jumping in the shower. it just takes a little bit of planning.

  • Sleep- for the body to fire on all cylinders and to function at its best we need to make sleep a priority, enough said.

  • Stress- when we are constantly in a stressful state our cortisol levels remain very high, this means we, in essence, can not use fat as a fuel source and thus preventing us for those burning those calories we so wishfully want to see gone.

  • Midday Break- this ties into the reducing stress thing, maybe you sit in your car and nap for 15 minutes, maybe you do a 20 minute meditation using Headspace, or maybe, it your lucky you can go outside for a short walk, whatever it is a short mid-day break to reset the system, both physically and mentally, pays significant dividends in all aspects of life.

So you can see, the simple act of wanting to address body composition is not s0 easy after all. This change affects many aspects of our life, all in good ways I hope. We are able to address the mental, physical and emotional aspects related not only to weight loss but also our life in general, becoming happier, healthier, stronger individuals.

Now, the question for you is what aspects of life do you want to see changed, improved, established, rank them in importance and see how many actually interlink towards the same goal. Then simple pick one, develop a plan and then take action. Yes, easier said than done, but with a little luck, a focus on the process rather than the outcome and a realization there will be bumps along the way, you will succeed and be better for it.

And there you have it. Rather than looking at the idea of New Year’s Resolutions from the one foot view, taking a step back and looking at the big picture from 1000 feet, we can see that for most of us, these ideas pretty much interrelated and as we address one aspect of our lives through the trickle down effect it can affect many aspects of our life.

In the coming meanderings I will address many of the stumbling blocks I see in both my patients and my athletes which prevent them from having the success they so rightly deserve.

Until then, Happy Holidays to all, and I bid you a good night.