PT360 January 2019

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J anuary 2019

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Shelly Coffman

I read a book in January of last year called “The One Thing.” I found it fascinating. As someone who regularly makes lists and feels like a pinball when I get into the meat of my daily tasks, it made me think long and hard about what was I really trying to accomplish, because it didn’t feel like I was accomplishing that much. “The One Thing” recommends NOT making a list. We are weirdly less likely to accomplish two things on a three-thing list than we are when the list only has two items. So with only one thing on the list, we can be laser focused and not distracted by ALL THE OTHER THINGS. With 2018 being my Year of Turning 50 — which in my head is really 28 — and trying to keep up with my 8-year-old going on 15, I wanted to be more healthy. When my daughter was a toddler, I landed in the horrible alternate reality of SIBO, and it changed my gut forever. I’ve since gotten myself out of the deep ditch, but haven’t moved back into my “real life” as I see it. I’ve been feeling the dance challenges, jumping challenges, and the “carry the 65 pounds of me to bed while I pretend I’m asleep” challenges. And somehow in the years since getting married and becoming a mom, this burden of weight landed on my middle and WOULD. NOT. BUDGE. For someone who tends to keep my

eye on the prize with goal setting, the “How did I get here?” feeling was more than unsettling. My one thing for 2018 easily became my own health. I needed a big push. I needed to lose weight, gain stamina and endurance, and stick to my commitment. It didn’t help that I hurt my shoulder at the end of 2017 and couldn’t even raise my arm overhead. When my health and fitness level became my one thing, showing up to exercise did become easier. For me, as a goal setter in general, it was HARD not to keep looking at the other things that needed attention. What was different is that those things didn’t get pushed up to the top; they had to stay in second, or third, or even lower. And what happened? In the last 12 months, I have lost 20 pounds. I have consistently worked out 3-4 days per week harder than I used to, and with less excuses, not cheating myself on time because I had to do something else. My habits are fully established to keep moving forward. What’s my one thing for 2019? Making a weekly date with my daughter. At the end of the year, I’ll be grateful for all the fun memories and connections. What’s your one thing?

This time of year, many people resolve to eat healthier. It’s a noble goal, but it can’t be accomplished through wishful thinking alone. There are infinite fad diets and eating challenges you can try in order to improve your diet, but more often than not, these methods produce fleeting results. It’s much more logical to transform your diet through simple, actionable steps rather than attempting a complete overhaul based on obscure methodology or marketing gimmicks. Fortunately, one of the biggest steps you can take to improve your diet is also a simple one: Increase the amount of local and seasonal produce in your pantry and on your plate. Fruits and vegetables are the cornerstones of nutritious eating habits, and sourcing from local purveyors guarantees you’ll get your produce at the height of freshness. In addition to the health and taste benefits of eating fresh produce that hasn’t traveled thousands of miles to land on a store shelf, seasonality and locality affect the sustainability and price of your food. “If people are prepared to eat locally and seasonally,” says philosopher and food theorist Peter Singer, “then they probably do pretty well in terms of environmental impact.” On the economic side of things, the shorter the distance between farm and store, the lower the price, which is why you can always find great deals at your local farmers market. A GUIDE TO EATING SEASONALLY W hat to B uy and C ook T hroughout the Y ear

–-Shelly Coffman

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