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!
- A new food you've never tried before. Quinoa is on my to-try list.
- 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…
- Start a new challenge, here on Sparkpeople. I can't wait for BLC24 to start next week.
- Join a new, active sparkteam. I'm still looking into this one. So, if you have any good suggestions, let me know.
- Go fitness shopping! A new pair of workout shoes, new yoga pants, or even a fitness gadget could help light the spark again.
- 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!
Reigniting the spark and keeping it fresh.
It takes effort.
But it’s so worth it!