For those of you who don't know me, my name is Jameson Skillings.
I'm a personal trainer and fitness instructor for Midcoast Fitness.
I have been a part of what is now Midcoast Fitness Challenge for a four years now and I'd like to share with all of you a little bit about how I look at fitness and how that relates to New Year's resolutions.
Every January for the past seven years this challenge has helped people jump-start their health and wellness habits.
By offering so many great fitness classes at multiple locations, providing healthy nutrition and fitness tips, or by keeping people motivated, helping people lose weight safely and appropriately, the challenge has been a huge success each year.
If there is one thing I have noticed, it's this: the most successful people in the challenge keep coming back.
Even if they've missed a week or more of classes, they come back as soon as they can.
Whether it's an illness, a family emergency, work obligations, or just needing to take a day to run errands, people are bound to miss a class here and there. Please don't let feeling bad about missing classes keep you from coming back. You will be welcomed back with a smile!
Just keep coming.
If you continue to come you will meet new people, happy people, determined people, people who are having fun, and people who are reaching their goals.
You will also most certainly meet people who are struggling, people who feel lost, people who feel scared and vulnerable, people who need our help and support. After all, we're all in this together.
The most important part of this program is YOU. Come to class early, chat with your instructor, introduce yourself to people in your class. You already have something in common with them: you want to be healthier and do things you know are good for you.
T.S. Eliot once wrote, "to make an end is to make a beginning."
January 1st for a lot of people represents a beginning for new, healthy habits but it also represents an end to old, unhealthy habits.
Through this ending, we are making a promise to ourselves to make better choices.
Whether that means getting more sleep, eating more vegetables, getting more movement in each day, or surrounding yourself with like-minded people who want the best for you and your health with the Midcoast Fitness Challenge, you have a chance every single day to make a new beginning for yourself.
If you would like to try out my fitness class, I am teaching Full Body Fitness Saturdays at Maine Pines at 9:15 AM. The class is appropriate for all fitness levels.
Remember: just keep coming.