Thank You, 2015

I think New Years resolutions are a great thing and can inspire people to make really positive changes in their lives. I also think that many of us are experts at minimizing or not giving ourselves credit for the good things we’ve already done. (Well, I am, anyway!)

That’s why I was so inspired by the most recent episode of the Katy Says podcast. Katy and Dani not only look forward to 2016, but also recap some of their health and movement achievements from 2015. I thought this was such an awesome idea that I decided to do the same thing. Here are my answers to just a few of the questions they discussed.

You can find the complete list at the end of this post, and I really encourage you to spend some time with each question. Afterward, you might be surprised by how awesome you really are!

Making my kitchen more movement-friendly. I put the most-used dishes in a low cupboard, so I get to squat or bend every time I need to get one out (or while unloading the dishwasher! :) ).

Making my kitchen more movement-friendly. I put the most-used dishes in a low cupboard, so I get to squat or bend every time I need to get one out (or while unloading the dishwasher! :) ).

What was your biggest health triumph in 2015?

Radically changing my mindset around movement and incorporating more movement into my everyday life. It sounds silly, but I used to absolutely dread certain little things like unloading the dishwasher...they just seemed so boring and tedious.

Now I look at stuff like this as the perfect opportunity to get some more squats, forward bends, standing piriformis stretches, etc into my life. Yeah, it’s all a bit contrived, but it’s given me new purpose and inspiration to move more. And believe it or not, I actually look forward to unloading the dishwasher now!

What was the smartest health decision you made in 2015?

Cutting sugar out of my diet. I didn’t do this until October (and fell off the bandwagon over the holidays, but I’m back at it again). Sugar just does NOT agree with my body, even in small amounts. Without it, I sleep so much better, feel more even-tempered, have a ton more energy, and just generally feel better about life.

What one word best sums up and describes your 2015 health experience?

FUN!!! I can take things pretty seriously sometimes (okay, a lot of times!), so learning to lighten up a bit is a hard lesson for me. However, I’ve gotten to the point in my movement practice/restoration where I feel like I can comfortably start moving beyond the basic exercises and put them to good use. In particular, I’m thinking of things like tree climbing (why do we think this is only for kids???), and feeling good enough in my body to impulsively run or jump while out for a walk.

What about your health are you most happy about completing?

I can’t pinpoint any one particular thing, but the fact that I don’t experience any chronic or regular pain anymore is pretty amazing. As someone who has suffered from lower back pain and migraines for years, it’s such a gift to not have them anymore. It’s also really easy to take this for granted and assume that I always felt this great. It’s helpful to remind myself every now and then that I feel like I have a brand new body.

What was your biggest health surprise in 2015?

My menstrual cramps have almost completely gone away!!! I think it’s due to a combination of regular movement & lots of walking (you’re welcome, pelvic floor!), and the significant decrease in sugar in my diet, which apparently can contribute to cramps.

What else do you need to do, or say, to become complete with 2015?

This has been a challenging year for me, but also amazingly rewarding. Despite everything everyone told me, I didn’t understand quite how challenging it is to start a new business. I think it’s probably like giving birth...you can’t fully appreciate it until you actually do it.

So, I’d like to take a moment to give myself credit for everything I’ve accomplished in the last year.

The probably mostly complete list of questions from Katy & Dani:

  • What was your biggest health triumph in 2015?
  • What was the smartest health decision you made in 2015?
  • What one word best sums up and describes your 2015 health experience?
  • What was the greatest lesson about your health you learned in 2015?
  • What was the most loving service that you performed last year?
  • What is your biggest piece of unfinished health business from 2015?
  • What about your health are you most happy about completing?
  • Who were the 3 people with the greatest impact on your health life in 2015?
  • What is the biggest health risk you took in 2015?
  • What was your biggest health surprise in 2015?
  • What important health relationship improved most in 2015?
  • What compliment would you have liked to receive but didn’t?
  • What compliment would you have liked to have given, but did not?
  • What else do you need to do, or say, to become complete with 2015?