It’s a New Year, BABY! – January Newsletter

January 10, 2018 by simpilates

It’s a New Year
and this means
there is so much out
there for you!
Go Get It!

We hope you have had a wonderful holiday season!  Now, it is January and that time when many of us reassess our busy lives and think about what we want to accomplish or do to balance our lives during the next year. With that in mind, we have some New Year ideas and exercises for you!

This one in particular works great, because its visual and you can measure what you have been focusing on or not.

Circle Goals Exercise:

Get a cup of tea or a glass of wine, find a comfortable chair, build a fire or pick a beautiful view, grab a journal and pen, and get started!

  • In each slice, write an area or category of your life that you want to focus on for the next year.  Examples might be: Financial, Health and Exercise, Creativity, Career, Friends and Family, Spirituality, Romantic Relationships, Renovating the House, Writing a Book, etc. Draw a circle and divide it into 6 even pie-like slices. The equal pie slices are to remind you to give equal weight to each aspect of your life, if not in time at least in mental thought.

  • Write 5 measurable and obtainable goals you can accomplish under each category. Be specific and make sure you can see results at the end of the year.  For example, under Financial, you might write: Put all financial information online by June; or under Creativity, it might be: Take an art course from the local university this year…You get the picture!

It may take you a couple of hours, or you might want to go back to it within a few days tomake changes as the process gets you thinking.  When you are finished, go back and pickone goal that is most important to accomplish this year from each category and write that down and put it somewhere as a reminder, to look at occasionally.  After 6 months, pull out your Circle Goals again and review it, but make no changes, then look at it again at the end of the year and reflect on all you have changed in your life.  We never get everything in our Circle done, but we get so much more than we thought and we have given priority to those things that we say are important, but never seem to have the time to do.

I love this process, because it allows me to see in paper my whole life, where I am thriving and where I need to improve.  This way I can pick 1 or 2 areas to set some goals. If you are anything like me, it starts with my fitness and health, because if I am not feeling my best nothing else happens.  On January 1, I woke up feeling depressed, sad, tired, and overwhelmed with the year ahead of me, sure remodeling is fun, but lets face it, I am a woman and I want my house to look and feel pretty. Realizing that I have the power to change my state, I did what I know works for me, move my body, so I signed  up to go to a class.  Clearly there are other areas in my life that I want to set goals for, but movement and breathe is where it starts for me. When my Body and Mind are strong the rest flows and all areas of my life improve.

I don’t like the word resolutions, I prefer goals If we look at the outcome we want to achieve then we can create a road map to get there. Resolutions are just empty word, no wonder by Jan 15 they are so hard to keep.  I am turning 57 this month OMG.  What I know to be true is time is precious, our lives matter, we need to take accountability for that gift. January is a good time to take stock and see what goals you want to crush for the New Year.  

I wish you a year of blessings, success and good health.

5 Hacks to Help You Stick
to Your New Year’s Fitness Resolutions

Most people don’t achieve their New Year’s fitness goals. Don’t be like them

Hopping on the New Year’s Resolution fitness bandwagon may seem cliché — especially if you’ve done it before, only to find yourself on the couch every night come February. Don’t worry, though: you are not alone. Only eight percent of people actually follow through with their New Year’s resolutions by the end of the year, according to research from the University of Scranton.

Even if things did not go according to plan in 2017, the New Year is an opportunity to move forward. We asked some experts to recommend a few fitness hacks you can keep in your back pocket to ensure success.
Even if you’re not a competitive person by nature, competition can bring out the best in us. Adding a competitive element to your New Year’s fitness goal helps serve as motivation to follow a strategic, long-term training plan.  Make sure to set a specific date and sign up for the event within the first week of the New Year, so you’ll be less likely to back out if you start getting the jitters as the event nears.
Don’t use the scale to measure progress: take photos instead. That way, you’ll actually have visual evidence of your weight loss, rather than strictly sticking to numbers on a scale. If you’re feeling particularly brave, share your progress on social media! A weight loss study from Translational Behavioral Medicine found that participants who shared their progress on Twitter lost more weight than those who kept their results to themselves.  So, just do it and share that pic!
There’s nothing wrong with committing to big New Year fitness goals. But you should establish small and specific monthly benchmarks to maintain your motivation throughout the year. This will give you a reason to celebrate incremental progress or success as you move closer to the bigger goal you set for yourself.  For example, if you want to lose 30 pounds, break that up into 3 to 5 pounds per month.
Whether it is a trainer or a buddy, a workout partner provides a powerful level of support to keep you motivated year-round. In fact, the American Society of Training and Development says that having a regular workout buddy will increase your likelihood of reaching your fitness goal by 95%. Make sure to choose someone who will not accept your excuses or give you a pass when you’re not in the mood to hit the gym.
After you’re settled in your regular routine, tackling the same workout week after week and month and after month may become boring and deplete your fitness mojo. To spice things up, ditch the traditional gym and challenge yourself to one extreme workout per month to keep things interesting. You can take your workout outside and venture into rock climbing or visit a local training facility to test your skills on a few obstacles.

Pan-Grilled Chicken with Fresh Plum Salsa

Sweet & spicy Pan-Grilled Chicken with Fresh Plum Salsa starts with fast-cooking chicken cutlets, giving you a leg up on dinner–it’s ready in 26 minutes.


  • 1 cup chopped ripe plums (about 2 plums)
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 (4-oz.) chicken breast cutlets
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

How to Make It

Step 1Stir together plums, next 4 ingredients, and 1/4 tsp. salt in a medium bowl.
Step 2Stir together brown sugar, cumin, and remaining 1/2 tsp. salt in a small bowl. Rub chicken with brown sugar mixture.
Step 3Cook chicken in hot oil in a grill pan or nonstick skillet over medium heat 3 minutes on each side or until done. Serve with plum mixture.


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