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With the start of the New Year looming, many of you are looking back and wondering—where did 2023 go?  At least that’s the thought that races through my mind.  More importantly, my question is-what did I accomplish in 2023? Did those accomplishments align with the goals that I set out in the beginning of 2023? 

Over the last 6 months, I have had the opportunity to engage with many of our fitness instructors through a workshop we offered for their professional development.  This team gets to share their experiences as instructors and the needs that you have as participants.  The needs and goals of our members vary as greatly as the individuals who walk through our doors—recovery from a surgery, ability to chase kids/grandkids, desire to compete in a race or complete a physical challenge, move better, feel healthier, reduce stress, and the list goes on. Whatever your reason for walking through the door, I hope you have found an activity you enjoy—commitment and success are much higher in activities we enjoy. 

If you are finding that you are struggling to meet you goal, might I ask a question—when was the last time you tried something hard or new?  Picking up a weight, picking up a heavier weight, sitting still in meditation, pushing your heart rate a little bit higher in a cardio class, adhering to a healthy eating plan—do you get a little uncomfortable when you read through that list?  

Last year, my personal wellness journey had me really analyzing my behaviors and how those behaviors were or were NOT supporting my goals—getting better sleep, picking up heavy weights, modifying my food intake—all things that when starting to adjust to were horrible.  But here is what I discovered, not one bit of it was an overnight switch—it took lots and lots of consistent work—and mess ups and restarting to find how to make those goals a reality.   

When you look at 2024 and think about what you want out of it, why not ask yourself—why do I want to achieve that goal?  What is is going to take to achieve that goal—including all of the steps, the chances for stumbling, the opportunities where improvements will show up quickly and where you might not see results for months.  Getting to that goal will require you have a plan and a willingness to show up consistently over and over (and sometimes over) again.  Remember this—every day you show up with those positive, better behaviors is one day closer to achieving your goal.  

We’re here to support you every day!  Let’s make 2024 the best year ever. 


Theresa Lovings

Category: Health & Wellness
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Theresa Lovings is the Association Director of Health and Wellness with the YMCA of Greater Omaha.  She has a huge passion for wellness and helping others achieve their goals.  Theresa began her career in wellness as a fitness instructor in 2005.  Along with being a certified group fitness instructor, Theresa is a certified personal trainer, Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified Coach, Y Weight Loss Faculty Instructor, and a LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Instructor.  She loves seeing the wide variety of members who utilize our facilities to achieve their healthy lifestyle goals.

Theresa loves spending her free time with her husband, Walt, and their three kids, Trinity, Trenton and Treynor.  When not at work you will find Theresa cooking, running, reading, or working out on her own.