Take control of your health and youth by making small changes to your days and creating good habits with 12 months of health and well-being challenges.
Why Your Next Year Can Be Truly Remarkable
As a new year begins, we have hopes and aspirations that fill us with positivity and energy – our possibilities seem virtually limitless! We have big dreams, brilliant ideas, and incredible goals. Yet sometimes, it’s easy to lose motivation along the way. One reason is the human mind is very sophisticated in finding excuses. You can easily explain why you cannot go to the gym and “replace” exercises with a piece of cake and a glass or two of wine (you had a hard day and deserve a treat – this is the most common excuse).
Another reason for non-acting is that your goals require a significant change, and your brain protects you from the unknown. Your brain knows what’s best for you; it recognizes that taking a leap into the unknown could be an uncertain path. So, instead of embracing risk with open arms, it encourages maintaining your current status quo.
But what if we move from massive changes and feelings overwhelmed to focusing on one task, such as eliminating added sugar from our diet? Just for a month. Sure, it is challenging – many of us have sugar addiction even without realizing it, but it is doable. A challenge has start and end dates, so it is not a lifelong commitment. You can do it for 30 days, taking one day at a time. Baby steps will bring you to your goal.
At the same time, 30 days is enough time to create a habit such as eating less sugar. Your brain will assume that not eating sugar is the new normal, and if you feel good, you will continue with your new healthy eating.
And this is how the 12 Months Younger program was born. Together with several of my Phace Gym students we embarked on the 12-months long journey.
To be completely transparent, there was a personal motive behind the creation of the 12 Months Younger program, specifically starting it with the No Added Sugar challenge. The past couple of years have been challenging due to the global pandemic, and I found myself using food as a coping mechanism, resulting in a few extra pounds. In order to shed this weight, I knew I had to challenge myself and eliminate some of my favorite indulgences, such as croissants, blueberry pie, and Manuka honey, from my regular diet. However, I soon realized that attempting this on my own proved to be difficult. I made several attempts but failed each time, often finding excuses to continue indulging. Therefore, prioritizing healthier eating became a necessity for me. Alongside improving my diet, I also wanted to focus on enhancing other aspects of my life.
We started in January 2023 by concentrating on healthy eating and reducing sugar intake, while February was all about decluttering and reorganizing both our physical and digital spaces. In March, we focused on restoring our neck health and beauty. In April we learned to meditate daily. In May we embarked on 10,000 steps a day challenge, and many participants reached new heights (literarily and figuratively) and achieved their all-time best step counts. The participants walked in several different states – New York, Michigan, Utah, Florida, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and a few different countries – USA, Canada, France, Netherlands, Romania and Slovakia.
And on June 1 we are started a new challenge. We will be focusing on the incredible power of water and its impact on our overall health and well-being. By incorporating two simple habits into our daily routine—drinking 8 glasses of water a day and taking a cool shower—we can experience remarkable benefits for our bodies and minds.
These challenges have provided us with valuable insights and the opportunity to learn and grow from these experiences, as well as the wealth of knowledge to share with all of you.
This book is based on the 12 Months Younger 2023 program. It is a showcase of the transformation that several courageous women had over the course of 12 months when they embarked on the journey of self-improvement, and a testament to the belief that you have the power to transform your life.
This book is a comprehensive guide, carefully structured into 12 chapters, each dedicated to a unique challenge. It serves as your companion, fostering self-awareness, providing valuable knowledge, igniting motivation, and offering unwavering support throughout your journey. Whether you prefer to start from the very beginning, with the January challenge, or jump in at the current month, the choice is entirely yours. You have the freedom to personalize your experience, tailoring it to your specific needs and aspirations.
For those seeking a transformative year, you have the option to embark on all 12 challenges, completing them over the course of 12 months. However, if you prefer to focus on specific areas of improvement or challenges that resonate with you the most, feel free to pick and choose accordingly. This is your journey, and you have the autonomy to shape it as you desire.
Remember, you don’t have to walk this path alone. You can undertake these challenges individually, share the experience with a friend, or even form a supportive group with colleagues or like-minded individuals. The choice of companionship is yours to make, enhancing the journey with shared motivation and encouragement.
I offer you a roadmap of areas for improvement, and it is your prerogative to decide which challenges to pursue and how to approach them. This book is here to empower you, provide guidance, and inspire positive change in your life. Embrace the opportunity to unlock your full potential, create a more fulfilling and joyful existence and look and feel younger.
As you embark on this journey through the next twelve months, remember that change is not an overnight occurrence. It is a gradual and continuous process—one that demands your dedication, resilience, and unwavering commitment. With each passing day, as you navigate the complexities of life, embrace the opportunity to grow younger in spirit, in mind, and in body.
Welcome to the pages of “12 Months Younger.” Within these pages, we invite you to embark on a transformative journey that will make the next 12 months truly extraordinary. Together, let us embrace the power of personal growth, self-care, and rejuvenation.