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"Newphoria": The key to bouncing back after the holidays

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

newphoria: the feeling of euphoria and excitement caused by something new

I don't think it's an official word of the English language – not yet at least! I recently came across it in an electronics store, used as the key word on the advertizing campaign of a computer software company. And it looked really eye-catching and clever. Because we all experience this enthusiasm over anything new, not necessarily material. We never really outgrow the child inside us. And if you've seen the excitement in a kid's eyes when they hold a new toy in their hands, you know what I'm talking about.


But this feeling of "newphoria" could actually be the answer to the problems that many of us could be facing right after the holidays. Whether you allowed yourself a full indulgement in all the edible temptations or you just enjoyed a few more unhealthy breaks to your nutrition than you should have, the scale is here to show you the extent of the damage, bluntly honest as always. But sometimes, especially if you've been on this health journey for too long, it becomes too difficult to just switch to your old habits in a day and undo the damage. That's when a generous dose of "newphoria" in your getting-back-on-track strategy can really do the trick.

Just a few ideas:

- New recipes, new meal ideas or a completely new meal plan. I got back to food tracking yesterday and I made a weekly meal plan borrowing ideas from a fitness magazine. Believe it or not, I had never tried adding raisins and cinnamon to my oatmeal! Delicious!
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- A new food you've never tried before. Quinoa is on my to-try list.
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- Join a gym or try a new fitness class. I tried spinning on my stationary bike this week. I loved it but I don't think my old bike agrees with me… It must have suffered during the standing pedaling…
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- Start a new challenge, here on Sparkpeople. I can't wait for BLC24 to start next week.
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- Join a new, active sparkteam. I'm still looking into this one. So, if you have any good suggestions, let me know.
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- Go fitness shopping! A new pair of workout shoes, new yoga pants, or even a fitness gadget could help light the spark again.
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- Renew your motivation. Remind yourself of why you started all this in the first place. Read blogs, look at older pictures, imagine the future ones in your head. Make new goals and dream new dreams!
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Reigniting the spark and keeping it fresh.

It takes effort.

But it’s so worth it!



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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 1/21/2014 3:41PM

    Great encouraging Blog...just what I needed to read today. emoticon

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ANNIEONLI 1/20/2014 2:43PM

    I love that new word...I am having newphoria about 'newphoria'! emoticon

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 1/15/2014 9:40PM

    Newphoria. Hmmm. That's a word I can apply to my new kindle.
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DUXGRL1 1/15/2014 9:05PM

    Thanks, I needed this!

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CANNIE50 1/15/2014 7:19PM

    I like the word and I particularly like your suggestions about trying a new fitness pursuit, and buying a new workout outfit. Good blog, as always!

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WILLIS9301 1/14/2014 9:36PM

    If it isn't a word it should be! Great ideas as well emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 1/14/2014 8:54PM

    Love the word and the concept: great ideas to kick off the new year!

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TINAJANE76 1/14/2014 8:51PM

    Sounds like a fabulous plan, Elle! It really makes getting back on track seem exciting and motivating.
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CONNIER64 1/13/2014 1:27PM

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Just what I needed today. Thank you so much Sparked Friend!And BTW I am adding you as a Sparked Friend emoticon

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CLAIREINPARIS 1/13/2014 1:14PM

    This is excellent, Elle, thank you so much! This is exactly what I needed to read today. I LOVE quinoa, I hope you will enjoy it too (but I don't care much for red quinoa, I much prefer the other one!).

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POPSY190 1/13/2014 3:23AM

    Excellent blog. I love the word "euphoria" ! Like you, I've decided I need to dress up healthy habits in new clothes. I joined the challengers of Hogwarts team which is organised a bit differently and looks quite deeply into the causes of problems with a healthy lifestyle. It's complex to start with but I found that with the BL at 1st and the effort to come to terms with it all seems to help me with motivation.
Looking forward to BL24 with you. emoticon

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REBECCATKD 1/12/2014 10:31PM

    I LOVE this post!
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GEORGE815 1/12/2014 11:22AM

    Reignite the Spark for 2014.

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PAULALALALA 1/10/2014 10:01PM

    Yes! to all the suggestions! Love the new word, and it expresses the feeling perfectly. LOL on your stationery bike -- standing moves are not what it is used to I'm sure. I've replaced some of my tired workout wear with some new yoga capris and mesh tops in the past few weeks and what a difference it makes!

See you soon in 24!

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MICKEYH 1/8/2014 8:26PM

    I like the word "newphoria" I can really use newphoria to boost my after holiday mess. Yep, my Thanksgiving holiday started one week early and since then, I've been full indolgence of all the goodies that holidays offers. Thank god all the holidays include Xmas, new year eve and day are now all over. I've gained close to 10 lbs. Good news is, I don't looks like I had gain that much.(Phew!..) but I've got lots to catch up to. And thanks for sharing the tips.
They are all great. (^^) good luck to all of us!


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ISLAMOM 1/8/2014 5:52PM

    Terrific! Love it!!

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THOMS1 1/8/2014 3:51PM

    Very good blog! emoticon emoticon

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AMARILYNH 1/8/2014 1:03PM

    Great blog!! And I LIKE that word - its new to me!! Got to remember it because ANY kind of euphoria is a good thing!!

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SWAZY33 1/8/2014 12:51PM

    I have been trying to find my spark again....so THANK YOU emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_JODI404 1/8/2014 12:03PM

    Great tips! I definitely relate to the need to refocus my lifestyle change efforts after the holidays. I didn't go crazy... but still.... I need to tighten it back up!

Happy New Year!

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AEROBISAURUS 1/8/2014 10:52AM

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My newphoria's were the juicer and the Tracy Anderson series. Today will be day 5. I've made it to my 250 fitness minutes mark and I'm going stronger than I was all December. Definitely SP has been a major motivating motor.
Good luck with your newphoria's! Let us know what you fall in love with and be excited to feel fit!

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TRAVELGRRL 1/8/2014 8:54AM

    GREAT ideas for renewing the Spark! I think the key to losing (and maintaining) is the ability to jump back on the horse asap. And that definitely means NOW. Thank you for sharing your great list.

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MARYJOANNA 1/8/2014 4:53AM

  Love the new word and great ideas!

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