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Five Ways to Create Habits That You Won’t Want to Ditch by February w/ Elizabeth Girouard

written by Elizabeth of Pure Simple Wellness

Hi! Elizabeth here from @PureSimpleWellness.

How are your new year’s resolutions going? If started the new year with big plans, trying to over haul everything at once, you might already be fed up. Here are a few strategies to step back and create healthy habits that you won’t want to ditch by February!

Find your WHY! 

Let’s face it, change is hard and often uncomfortable. To keep focused on your goals, determine your why – and make it bigger than your excuses. For example, if your goal is to lower your cholesterol, focus on the health benefits (or risks) associated with this to keep you on track.  

Take baby steps

Getting into good health is essential, but you can’t just jump from one extreme to another. Take a look at the healthy habits you want to incorporate. Perhaps it’s eliminating sodas, eating more veggies and whole foods and regular exercise. Then, prioritize your goals and start with one goal, breaking it into small changes each week. For example, replace one soda each day with sparkling water, until you have replaced all soda with water, green tea or another healthy beverage. 

Find a friend

Talk about your goals with your friends and family members. Find someone else who needs support and accountability and pair up. It’s so much more fun to get healthy together! 

Celebrate each small win

Break down each large goal into small, manageable steps. Each time you achieve the small goal – CELEBRATE! This helps you feel motivated to keep persisting even when the going gets tough.

Track your progress

Keep track of each small win. When you’re having a difficult day, flip through your diary. Seeing all of the changes you’ve made will keep you inspired. For example, if your goal is weight loss, look at your starting weight. Losing just 3-5 pounds will make you see you CAN do it and keep you moving toward that final goal. 

And finally, Be Kind to Yourself When You Slip Up

No one is perfect. If you veer off track, acknowledge where you are and move on. Dust yourself off and make the next decision the best one for you. The sooner you start back with your healthy habit, the less it will impact your overall goals.

Need a jumpstart?

If you need a simple way to jumpstart your healthy habits, why not try the proven Effortless 3-Day Reset Program. Over 300 people completed the program during 2021 and had great benefits. Listen at the end of the webpage to testimonials from happy clients!

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Katie is a passionate mover who was brought to Pilates through dance. After a professional dance career, Katie discovered her love of teaching-connecting the mind and body, and working with students of all ages and levels. Her appreciation and understanding of everyone’s ever changing body and needs only became greater as her own body went through pre and post natal stages, an experience which has helped Katie navigate problem solving, and bring a freshness to each session making them feel personal and specific to each body’s needs. Her sessions are full of flow and aim to challenge clients with a sense of comfort, and often a little humor, all of which she has brought to Pure Pilates since 2016. Katie thinks the gift of movement and self care is one of the best things one can do for overall wellness, and is thrilled to seek and fulfill milestones and goals with each of her clients. When she’s not at the studio, Katie is taking care of her three little humans- another job that also makes her smile, laugh, and challenges her on the daily.
Eighteen years ago I discovered my love for Pilates. After having my two children, I felt the need to move my body again. At the time I was living in North Carolina, and worked through many different exercise and training programs. I discovered Pilates, and instantly knew it was right for me. Forteen years later, and a move to New Jersey, I decided to share my love of Pilates with other people looking for some way to move their bodies. Pilates has also been a way for me to keep me strong and flexible to continue many activities. My family loves to be active, and I often find when we are all together (mostly vacations) our days consist of activity and movement such as hiking, kayaking, or skiing(more on this later). As I have gotten older I find it even more imperative now that I keep my body strong. Recently I was in a skiing accident that left me with many knee injuries and ultimately having to go into surgery. I found being able to do light Pilates a few weeks after surgery kept me sane and ultimately helped with recovery time. Pilates has not only helped me be able to keep up with my children, but has also provided me with a body that is able to function at peak performance. My approach to Pilates can be described in one, simple word: movement. Movement can help you, both physically and mentally. Movement, and Pilates, is ultimately about self care. Having a built in time to focus on your body and movement can help relieve yourself of feeling tired, anxious, and stressed. Movement awakens you. Even after one session you can leave feeling calmer and energized.
Enjoyment of life through movement is a vital part of Kathy’s philosophy. When not in the studio she leads an active lifestyle trail running, cycling, skiing and hiking. She also loves connecting with people while traveling with family and friends. One of her favorite cycling trips was riding along the coast of northern California. Learning new things and sharing knowledge is also important to Kathy. She has a passion for food, likes to cook for her family and experiment with new recipes. She is currently trying to achieve the perfect pizza. She is also an avid reader of historical fiction and biographies. Her latest endeavor is learning to play golf.
Carol M. Crincoli, owner Pure Pilates studio, has been in the fitness industry since 1990, with experience in corporate and commercial fitness, recreational programming and teaching as an adjunct professor. She began practicing Pilates in 2003 and received Pilates training through the PhysicalMind Institute in New York, NY. She holds certifications from the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) and the American Council on Exercise (ACE) as a group exercise instructor, personal trainer and lifestyle and weight management consultant. She was also accepted into the IDEA-PFT Recognition System as an Elite Level Personal Fitness Trainer. She is the only trainer in the NY-metro area for Trent McEntire’s Arcus equipment. Carol graduated from the Boston Conservatory of Music with a BFA in musical theater and a minor in dance. Opening Pure Pilates is the culmination of a lifetime dream, and her mission to "inspire life from the core" is a holistic approach to health and wellness—from exercise and nutrition, to stress management and self-care. Carol is also the inventor of 8th Avenue Rail, an organizing solution for Tower springs.