New Decade – what will come full circle?

 

With only just over ten weeks to go to wrap up this year, it’s also about wrapping up this decade, it’s so exciting to have some goals or some new directions for the decade ahead…

To think back to the beginning of 2010 I was just about to give birth to my second child, who was a boy – Nate, (who makes me crazy and who makes me laugh everyday)
Archer was about to turn two at the time he was a beautiful little boy and still has that beautiful nature within.

Work wise I was running my gym, training clients everyday, plus running a hospitality business with a business partner and staff, working from early mornings through to very late nights – or even early into the next morning (2am closes). Ridiculous hours to say the least!

My partner, Rob was working shift work at a company in Geelong, we would juggle our work commitments and lived like ships passing in the night..


My family, direct and extended family were all well…



However over this decade, the hospitality business came to an end, Rob’s changed jobs, I expanded my health business in other avenues, we lost Rob’s mum through illness, and we lost my brother of pancreatic cancer – this alone spun my decade right around…

With grief and sadness came some amazing opportunities, which wasn’t a coincidence, it was a sign…

What I have learnt and experimented with in the health and fitness industry over these ten years is insane, and I would have never thought I would be where I am now back at the beginning of 2010.

Besides from myself, many people and industries have changed completely, and others have come full circle.

The food-health industry itself has seen so many shifts, from low fat, to the paleo lifestyle, through to low carb, onto keto, and now of recent – carnivore… some advocating vegetarian and popular of late vegan…

The exercise-health industry has seen a decrease of ‘bootcamps’ – to the peak of crossfit, to the now ever popular spartan races, every ‘fun run’ style you can imagine (colour runs, neon runs, night runs, stadium stomps) through to the ever increasing ‘ultra races’ – no mountain or trail is safe from stampedes of humans running here, there and everywhere.

The conventional gyms have seen a huge makeover from banks of treadmills and ellipticals, now to stacks of racks, bumper plates and kettlebells!
The gyms are making sparse floor space so people can move their own bodies more, with the use of free weights, ropes and body weight as opposed to the machine and cable weights (all have their benefits).

You’ll find a ‘studio’ or ‘box gym’ in many areas around major cities and country towns, old shop fronts opening up as a space to ‘sweat your stuff’…

It’s great to see more people become conscious of movement over the past decade, but there is so much more to learn…

 



In particular the increase in chronic illness is going up and so too is the mental health side of things.



This can be due to a number of reasons, but one huge factor is stress – and leading into chronic stress where you stay in a stressed state for far to long.
We live in a fast paced world where we feel like we are saying yes to everything and not giving ourselves some down time.



In a decade the tech world has developed at a ridiculous speed and humankind can not keep up with this growth, leaving us with mental health concerns and damaging illnesses such as cancer.



We have become very attached to our devices and you often find that you are driven to your devices to download usable apps to use for everyday banking, appointments, schedules etc.


From fitness trackers, to meal plans and workouts – it’s all on our pocket tech and this is going gangbusters – I can only imagine the next decade!



We are living longer, but in a supported state with medications and aids – we are not living a healthier life for longer, that’s for sure…



We also see that the ‘fast food’ sector has cottoned on to demand and to prepare food for the busy people who like to eat healthier, but don’t have the time. You can order to pick up, but now Uber Eats is even taking over to have it delivered to your door by yet another app!

What concerns me here is that precooked meals are cooked and placed into plastic containers, sealed with plastic and served, shelved or frozen – when it comes to serving it in your home, it’s reheated in the plastic container in a microwave for convenience and many times served with plastic folks (this screams toxicity, stress and cancer!).



Where we try to cut corners, we just need to see the side effects of what some ‘short cuts’ really are doing to our health.



I hope within the next decade we can come full circle like the ‘fat’ era did, where we ate butter and cooked in lard, we drank full cream milk unpasteurized and ate steak and lamb chops with the fat still on the meat.

We learnt that reducing fat in our diet has made us sicker, and that we needed this nutrient to help our bodies stay healthy.
Many studies have proven this and now it’s back to eating our good fats to nourish our brains, cells, tendons and joints.

It will be nice to see this upcoming decade come full circle with technology, that we have tried to be ‘fully plugged’ and then we go back to being ‘unplugged’, (I know not entirely, but more often than we are currently).

 

My sign is that 2020 has two full circles so there are many changes that will come around over this decade?



We take more down days, schedule time off, rest from the gym more than going to the gym, but we move more each day – spend more time outside having a variety of movement from our scheduled gym classes, to playing with our children, taking walks in nature, we sleep, we cook our own meals, we learn from human connection and contact, we learn to heal our inner body more than working on our outer bodies…

All of these activities help to keep a good variety in life, lets you breathe fresh air, you slow down and give your central nervous system a break which overall slows down your chances of being diagnosed with a chronic illness or mental illness.




I have learnt in a decade how stress, anger, resentment, lack of sleep, processed foods, toxins and lack of movement can kill, and is killing us slowly…




Working more with your inner health will be more beneficial to you, once your cells are healthy on the inside, you’ve eliminated toxins then rejuvenated and increased healthier cells, your outer body will respond and you’ll see this through your hair, skin, nails, loss of body fat, restorative sleep, more energy and most of all happiness…

Over the next weeks I hope you can make a plan for the decade ahead, where you may find something that has come full circle, maybe your health has been a concern since you’ve had children and you want to regain your health or fitness.

You may want to be more diligent with screen time, maybe instead of screen time you implement some more movement, you take action on certain areas in your life that are creating stress, you sleep a lot more, you forgive others, you work on your inner self, and you change some eating habits…

 



For some of you there’s many decades left to live and for others there may only be a few, so make all of them count by feeling the best you can, you don’t have to run marathons, your aim is to live without loads of medications year in and year out, create wonderful memories and be more present as we all know time flies…



My next decade plan looks a lot like this:



– My boys finish their schooling, they’ll be young men, yet my weekends are still sport based around them.
– I have down days and fill them with what I love to do.
– My close friendships are still healthy.
– I’ve read over 300 books, I’ve learnt more fantastic and interesting facts about health, hormones, inner health,self love and spiritual connections, and I’ve shared this with hundreds of people, and I’ve laughed millions of times.
– I’ve tackled 30 more beautiful trails around Australia and other countries with my hiking gals.
– I still have all my loved ones here on earth, and if any have happened to slip into the universe, I still feel their warmth and presence around me…


I hope your next decade is special, filled with lessons and reasons, with signs and signals that you act upon to feel better and be safe.

Learn new things, try new things, meet the right people and open your mind to new adventures…



So much happens in a decade, and what better time to change some behavioural habits than now – ready for a new and healthier decade ahead…



My door is always open to help those of you that need some guidance and I wish you wonderful adventures and for some, wonderful transformations…