We’re here in the second week of 2018, and I don’t know about you, but I’ve been inundated with ads and articles and commercials on how to be more.

More beautiful. More skinny. More fit. More creative. More productive. More healthy.

And as annoying as they may be, I’m not feeling tempted to dive into seeking moreness. Why? Because I’ve already committed to 2018 being the year of less.

Less striving. Less perfecting. Less doing.

Less worrying. Less second-guessing. Less limiting.

2017 was both exciting and challenging.

Completing my first half ironman. Becoming a homeowner and moving to a new area. Moving into my own training studio. Co-organizing my first large-scale event, and a successful one at that!

Dealing with persistent injuries and hormonal imbalances. Struggling with anxiety. Navigating the challenges of owning a business.

Despite all the great things going on, I spent much of the year in a foggy funk, due primarily to the anxiety and endocrine issues. I had to really push myself just to make it through the day-to-day. As much as I loved everything I was doing, I just wanted to sleep.

Now that 2018 is here, I still want to sleep 😛, but I have a renewed perspective on things.

I have no races on my calendar. I’m prioritizing myself and my health. I’m getting better at saying no to things that don’t serve me and yes to things that do, without feeling an ounce of guilt.

I’m committed to healing myself from the inside out – emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually.

the year of lessAnd overall, I want to continue creating magic in my business and my life, without putting a ton of pressure on myself.

But of course, there’s that little voice inside. That voice that I think is necessary, but can sometimes get in the way.

Can I actually do this? Can I really move my business forward without working 60 hours a week?”

Can I still be an inspirational fitness trainer without taking on any big crazy fitness goals?”

“Am I still a worthy human being if I allow myself the extra sleep I so desperately need a let a few business tasks for the week slide?

Is it actually possible for me to feel better? Can I actually do this?

But it’s time to let those limiting thoughts and beliefs let go of the steering wheel. In 2018, I am committed to busting through the limits I’ve placed on myself for what’s possible in my business, my health, and my life. My mantra is I Am Limitless.

the year of lessIn order to live that mantra, my health needs to come first and foremost. ‘Cause if I’m not feelin’ great, I can’t show up as the woman I want to be.

Herbs and adaptogens will be big players in my daily routine. I’ve been working with a naturopath on this, and I’ve started to notice an improvement in my health. This will be a post all on its own in the coming weeks, but to give you a quick run-down, I’ve been taking adrenal support and hormone support supplements my naturopath has prescribed, as well as maca and mushroom coffee!

My daily meditation and mindfulness practice will continue to be oh-so important in keeping me calm and sane. Some days my meditations only last a few minutes, but I know it’s important for me to continue taking that time for myself.

And finally, without any races on my agenda this year, I’m looking forward to new ways of moving my body. Lots of yoga, lots of outdoor activities, a weekly swim, and the occasional strength session. We have a big beautiful gym in our new condo which I’ve been taking advantage of, and I’ll also be trying the occasional Gixo workout.

 

the year of lessGixo is a workout app that offers guided fitness classes all throughout the day. There’s everything from quick 15-minute booty and core workouts to hour-long strength and endurance workouts. I had the opportunity to try a Gixo workout at the Empower Retreat and it was a ton of fun! I’ll have to swap the running for the walking, but I’m looking forward to sweating it up with my Fit Approach Sisters around the world.

I’m excited to have the support of the amazing Fit Approach community, because as a recovering Accomplish-a-holic, it’s going to be a challenge to put aside my ego and commit to becoming Limitless by Doing Less.

If you feel you need some inspiration to defy your own limits this year, be sure to check out Fit Approach on Instagram on Wednesdays and Fridays, as that’s exactly what they’ll be sharing. You can even get in on the action yourself by posting your own photos and tagging @Fitapproach @Gixofit and me, @Evolutionbyariana with the hashtags #IAmLimitless and #SweatPink 💕

What limits are you planning on breaking down this year? How are you going to show the world how limitless you are?

This post was sponsored by Gixo through my partnership with Fit Approach. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

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  • Nicci Randall
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    Ariana, YES to all of this! Especially – “I’m getting better at saying no to things that don’t serve me and yes to things that do, without feeling an ounce of guilt.” #Goals Saying no is not a bad thing and I have to remind myself of that. Plus that opens up the space for the things you really love to do. Can’t wait to spread this message with you far and wide! XOXO

    • Ariana
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      Yes! You are spot on. Saying no can be really hard, but I find that the more I do it, the easier it is!

  • Jamie King
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    Love this post, Ariana, and YOU! I also ask myself many of these questions – about sleep, about my workload, about my fitness commitments….it’s always so hard to find balance…but when we do, we’re all better for it! THanks for the reminder that sometimes less is FAR MORE.

    • Ariana
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      The feeling of love is mutual, Jamie! You’re so welcome <3

  • Liz
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    yes yes yes! I love this post so much! There is so much pressure to do it all, and then keep striving for more. I love the idea that doing LESS can be better for you in so many ways. Thank you so much for this post!

    • Ariana
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      Thanks Liz! I appreciate the love <3

  • Erica Friedman
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    LOVE this! There’s so much pressure to do everything. Doing LESS is doing MORE sometimes. I’m loving the Gixo app – it’s so engaging.

  • Alyse
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    I’m so into this. So, so into this. I’m really trying to winnow down what I do so I can really focus on what I LOVE, and being intentional about how I spend my time, rather than running around purposelessly on the hamster wheel. Thanks for this post. 🙂

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