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New Year

New Year – New Game Plan

Happy New Year!

I’ve been in a world wind the last half of 2017 and gave myself a break from blogging. I’ve stayed pretty active on social media but now, I’m back! I’m thinking we take on this year in a new way, with less judgement of ourselves and others. The last few months, I’ve been reading two of Brene Brown’s books “Braving the Wilderness” and “I Thought It Was Just Me But It Isn’t –  (Making the the Journey from “What will people think?” to “I am enough.”)”  That last statement alone gives me chills. The second book also has a great section on Growth and Goal-Setting. You can find it at your local library or independent bookstore. One favorite quote: “Improvement is a far more realistic goal than perfection.”

There is so much I want to tell you and so much to do. But, I also know that being excited about the new year can make us go a little too hard on ourselves. Often, crashing and burning before getting very far and then, pretty tough on ourselves. Below are a few ways we can keep up our promises, reach for our goals, try new things and work to keep at it for the full year and not just the first few weeks.

First, Kelly Caiazzo, blogger at and speaker at this years Wellesley Wellness Retreat created a wonderful, simple and free e-book called “Form A Fitness Game Plan.” It’s a good way to chart out and test your current goal or create a game plan. Is it realistic? What are your resources? If you’re snowed in this weekend, this is a perfect activity. Give it a try! How does your current plan fit within these parameters? Do you have a game plan? Get started and download your free copy below!

By all means, if you enjoy the pounding energy of a spin class (and I do), crossfit, or a heart pumping tabata…go for it. I taught a pretty hot HIIT class this morning and we had a blast. But if you don’t, don’t be discouraged. There are many ways to get to healthy!

A simple walk could be the best way to get started. I love going for walks! And, as many of you know, I take many pictures on my walk. #takeawalk You could join me! I’d love to see your walks and pics too under #takeawalk .

How about finding a dance class? Here’s an article from about a study showing that dancing can slow the aging process.  That’s exciting! (Thanks Tanya for sharing that with me.) Tanya teaches Zumba at the Wellesley Recreation  Center – you should check it out too!

Here’s a wonderful class that my friend and yoga instructor, Jenny Schneider. It’s called Yoga Nidra. Jenny is a kind-hearted soul and is the perfect teacher for this class. She exudes calm, compassion and patience.  In some classes, there’s these lavender cloths she has you put over your eyes at the very end … heavenly!  Although you will most likely be sleeping at the end of class, this could be just the approach your new year needs. Jenny describes her class best…


This special class is on Friday, January 12th at Laughing Dog Yoga.
$18 drop in and class cards apply

Focus on making healthy food choices for you and your family. I’m excited to tear into my New  Cookbook “Run Fast, Eat Slow” I’ll share some of my favs later this month. Do you have any favorite healthy recipes? I’d love to hear about them.

The Wellesley Wellness Retreat is January 28, 2018.  This is their 3rd year bringing women together to relax, renew and inspire. Grab your girlfriends and make it a day! The focus: Self-Care to thrive in a busy world. Check out their website for special speakers and workshops this year.


Go easy on you and tough on your goals. As always, try new things and have fun! I’m definitely in this category this year in a very new environment. Staying healthy is important to remain positive and physically and mentally strong.  Join me on the journey and let’s have a healthy 2018.

Here’s to a new year and a new game plan!

Much love and best of health,

Elaine Marten