Our 12 Month Transformation, Month One: Self-Love!

And just like that, a new year has begun, and we’re OFFICIALLY in 2018! I know it may seem so cliché, but really…where the HECK did this year go?! It feels like just last week I was sitting at this same computer, typing out a New Year’s post for 2017!

With the new year comes a fresh start: The chance to say goodbye to old, bad habits and welcome in a new, happy, healthy lifestyle. While I am saying NO to resolutions this year (more on that here), I am all for constantly changing and evolving to become the best version possible of yourself. In the past, my issue with resolutions stemmed from putting so much pressure on ourselves at once. We KNOW we all do it! We make lengthy resolution lists that include everything from eating better, to spending more time with family, to making new friends. We pile on everything under the sun we’re NOT doing and attempt to change it all at once the second the clock strikes midnight on January 1st. However trendy it is to make resolutions, it’s SO unrealistic and completely overwhelming attempting to keep up with them.

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While trying to conquer every single one of our goals at once is admirable, it actually does more harm than good. This is likely why after just a few months, 80% of resolution-setters abandon not just one of their goals for the new year, but ALL of them. Ugh! So this year I’m shaking up how I do New Year’s Resolutions and focusing on only one area of self-improvement at a time. I’ll admit—focusing on just ONE goal is actually super hard for me. Like most people, I try to conquer everything at once, and then I eventually let my goals fizzle and burn out because doing it all is just not possible.

So what’s my new plan of attack?! Well for one, I’m not actually setting resolutions. Instead, I’m just focusing on overall self-betterment and turning my attentions to just ONE area of need each month. I strongly believe that in clearing my metaphorical plate and putting my all into just one area, I will truly change my habits and reach my goals for good…not just for a few weeks.

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In addition to doing this in my personal life, I will also be focusing my blog the exact same way. Each month will be centered around one single theme. For example, one month may focus on water consumption and hydration, another will focus on our love lives, and yet another on increasing our daily exercise. Simple, right?! Then, by the end of the year, I/we will have addressed and conquered every single subject and goal, one at a time, without getting overwhelmed and burnt out. 

So what’s this month’s theme? To kick-off our 12 month journey to complete transformation, we’re starting with the most basic, yet most essential building block towards personal success: Self-love. Gals, this is something I am so, so passionate about, and it’s something Chris and I can’t possibly preach and teach enough. Loving who you are, wherever you are, whatever stage of life you’re in, is possibly the best thing we can do for our health, both physically and mentally. I see it time and time again—folks claiming “once they lose weight” they’ll be happy, or “when I have more money” I’ll be happier. Well, my friends, I’m here to say that’s just not how life works! I have worked with hundreds of clients in my career as a trainer, and time and time again, I’ve found that even losing 100+ pounds doesn’t make a person love herself if she didn’t have appreciation for herself to begin with.

The fact of the matter is, no one is perfect—and we never will be! If we can’t love ourselves at our worst, we will not love ourselves at our best. Embracing our flaws, while constantly working towards self-betterment, is the only true “key to success” I have ever found for true transformation. 

 

So this month, as we embark on our 12 month journey to lasting change, you must first fall in love with the current you. The you who might be little a overweight, the you who isn’t always on time to work, the you who is human. I promise—finding love for yourself exactly where you are today is the most necessary part of becoming who you’ve always wanted to be. 

Here’s to an amazing new year full of LOTS of love, laughter, happiness, and change! 

Xoxo,

Heidi

PS: As my Happy New Year’s gift to you, I’m giving you a FREE way to start the new year off with a bang! Over the past few months, I’ve created a Body Back on Track mini program using quick videos and daily emails to guide you on your 5 day journey. Each daily video includes a workout, a nutrition tip of the day, and last, but most certainly not least, a little #lifehack. Simple, straight to the point, and most importantly, effective. And did I mention it’s totally FREE? Just want to make sure… 😉

Wanna’ join in on the fun? Register right now! To sign-up, simply click here, and you’ll begin to receive a series of emails from me! 

Related reading:

How SMART Are Your Goals?
You can do anything but not everything.
How I Manage My (Im)Perfectly Balanced Life
6 Secrets to Success: How to Reach Your Goals This Year
5 Steps to a Powerful, No Fail, New Year…and Beyond
Just say NO! My Less Is More Resolution


19 Comments

  1. Rachel Blackburn - April 13, 2018

    Such a simple but important message. We all need a constant reminder of this. Thanks for being an inspiration in social media and with the transform app!!!!

  2. Jessica Guajardo - April 13, 2018

    Heidi, the message of body positivity and loving yourself is truly inspiring. I am hooked on everything you guys do, and though it may take me years to take off what I put on, I will continue to keep pushing forward! Thank you for all you do. Please include me in the booty band contest, I want to share will one of your loyal followers who also happens to be my best friend and got me hooked on you and Chris! @kjbfuller3
    Thank you!!

  3. Denise S - April 12, 2018

    Self love is probably one of the hardest for me because I was always taught to put others before myself, even random strangers. And it wasn’t taught in a way that you’re probably thinking. It was more harsh as though I wasn’t good enough. My dad would always say, “You’re pretty ugly and pretty app to stay that way!” But fitness is my outlet. It helps me feel that I am good enough to put myself first. It’s about loving me and wanting to be healthy and the best version I can be. IG: Deybozz

  4. Marley Gird - April 12, 2018

    #bootybandentry
    Another favourite blog post. Self love is so important ♡
    Instagram handle @marley.za

  5. Adammangin - February 7, 2018

    Be trying to lose wait I want to be like you

  6. Michelle Grietzer - February 7, 2018

    💖💙U Guys! My Inspirations In all I DO! 💖 The BOT 5 Day ChallengevOn my Third Time Doing ! Gotta sign up for your home Body Sculpt soon! I know will be Amazing!

  7. Giovanna Catania - January 19, 2018

    Hi Heidi,
    you and your amazing family are a constant and inspirational point in my life!
    Today I started the body back on track challenge. I finished my first day. I ACCOMPLISH IT so I am sure I will accomplish all the goals I set on my list fo 2018.
    Thank you!

    Giovanna (Italy)

  8. Pauline - January 18, 2018

    Hi ,I absolutely love your show and how happy and beautiful all the people are after the 1 year challenge. I look forward to checking out your books and website. Just looked at one this evening with Kenny and Chrissy and the words that have hit home to me were the ones to Chrissy ” you have to want to change” or make the change as only the person losing the weight can.

  9. Elizabeth - January 13, 2018

    Hedi,
    I watch your shows and they are so inspiring. Im having trouble with getting started though. Im what people consider skinny fat. I only weigh 160lbs and im 5’9. So im not really over weight, but im the biggest ive ever been. I struggle so bad with my eating habits i can cut the junk out. Also as a mother of 3 learning how to take control of our diet is so difficult. I dont know what to do obesity runs in my family and im scared if i keep going on this track my self and children will become extremely overweight.

    • Team Powell - January 15, 2018

      Hi Elizabeth: Here’s a post that can help you get started with your transformation today! https://heidipowell.net/9060. Pay special attention to the part about promises – these really are the #1 tool for achieving any goal! And you might also want to check out Chris and Heidi’s app – TRANSFORM with Chris and Heidi – which offers you a totally customized nutrition and workout program, and it changes as you progress towards your goals. You can learn more about the app here: http://thetransformapp.com. The app also has lots of life lesson videos (the key to permanent transformation) as well as nutrition and workout videos – it really is the total package! We wish you all the best – you can totally do this! 🙂

  10. Denisse - January 4, 2018

    Beyond excited to start using your transform app. Currently working out at the gym 5 times a week. Unsure of what program to choose. Is there a program where you can “turbo cycle” and do weight training at the gym? Most of the weight loss program routines in the app are cardio routines. I lost over 80 lbs on my own and I want to continue to loose weight “fast” but also weight train. Is that even possible? Thank you in advance for the guidance!

  11. Lori R-Nickel - January 3, 2018

    “Dear” Heidi, your words and insights resonate with me. They are what I have needed to hear and through my actions need to show myself. I have watched both you and Chris through the years and have felt your positive energy and genuine commitment to transforming the whole person. I sense this even more now with your new “Transformation” app and programs that will help me get started. I am going to start small, with some self love, and, your 30 day program. My goal will be to sign onto your app in the very near future. My gratitude to both you and Chris for being inspirational!

  12. Laurika - January 3, 2018

    Greetings from Cape Town South Africa. I’ve never really been active and very overweight. Just joined the 5 day body back and at first I thought me doing push up will be so difficult as I did not know alternative ways of doing pushups if starting out but I am feeling very proud I managed 2 reps of the full workout in 5 minutes for someone not active at all. Baby steps like you said 😀. Not sure if I can join your app if not staying in America.

  13. Kristina - January 2, 2018

    Thank you for posting this Heidi. I achieved great weight loss (60 lbs) in 2011 after my second baby. I had another baby in 2014 (an 11 pounder!!), gained all of the weight back plus some, and became a stay at home mom. The self-love part is definitely hard. I look at my kids and see everything wonderful and beautiful about them. Then I see myself and everything I dislike and wish I wasn’t, everything I want to make better by, like, tomorrow. I think I’ll try the 5 day thing. I’ve got to start somewhere and find who I am again.

    • Team Powell - January 3, 2018

      Hi Kristina: Definitely do the 5 Day program – you can totally do this! 🙂

  14. Lori - January 2, 2018

    Heidi! U are absolutely so inspiring to me!!! I am so on board with u! Im doing the 5 day jumpstart and I have it other free workout and meal plans printed and ready to go!! Thank u for all u do!!! ❤️Lori beller

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