This Year

Today my youngest child is one. It is amazing to me to see how much progress a little baby makes in one year’s time. It seems to me that when a significant birthday is coming up we are forced to reflect on what we have accomplished in our life so far. Often, this reflection spurs change. “If you always do what you have always done, you’ll get what you have always gotten” So, you have to ask yourself, am I please with my life and state of my health? If not, changes need to be made. For some this may be a life makeover, for others this may be a few minor adjustments.

Maybe you need a life makeover, but you feel you are not ready for such large changes or you question your ability to stick to it. Remember – anyone can be healthy for one-day or change one health habit for a day. Perhaps drinking a little more water, or eating another fruit or vegetable for a snack is doable. Maybe getting to bed 30-minutes earlier or going without soda pop or candy/chocolate for a day. The more often a healthy choice is made the easier it gets to make it again and again. Even small changes can make a big difference in our health over time. Imagine all the little things a small baby learns each day to finally talk, feed itself and walk. It is amazing to see what even small daily changes can lead to in one year’s time. Resolve to wake up each day and ask yourself “What can I do to be a little healthier today.” Then DO IT. Each marathon is a series of steps….

…good luck to those wishing to make the Olympic Marathon team at the Boston Marathon soon!

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Coach Lora Erickson is an Ironman All-World athlete and certified running and triathlon coach recently competing in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Africa in 2018. Lora was born and raised in Colorado and was to run for the University and Utah & Utah State University where she obtained a degree in Community Health Education with duel minors in Chemistry and Nutrition. Coach Lora has a true passion for health promotion and loves to share her experiences. Learn more: About Coach Lora Erickson