New Kid on the Block

via – Hillary Heffner | Team AVAC 


Being new isn’t easy. I’ve had my fair share of new schools, new cities, and especially new jobs. Recently, I moved to the San Jose area after living in the Midwest my whole life. This has been a huge step for me. I’m not only in a new location and at a different job, but I’ve also started to change my lifestyle. So, why did it take me moving halfway across the country to do so? Well, I’ve met some new friends.

I grew up playing sports. Anything from tennis to track and field to swimming, I’ve probably tried every sport it at least once. I didn’t, however, exercise health in other areas of my life. I’m a sucker for potato chips! It wasn’t until I moved to California, and met some great co-workers that I finally decided to make a change.

As a veteran of being “new”, I’ve found a few things that make the transition more comfortable and trouble-free.

1) Surround yourself with positive and encouraging people

Don’t feel obligated to hang out with the first person you meet. Take your time to find friends that give you positive energy and encourage you to stay your path.

2) Start slow

I always end up wanting to go full force, so I feel that I belong. This backfires on me 100% of the time. If you’re new at exercising or eating healthy, start slow and work your way up.

3) Try something new each week/month

Each person is different and has different comfort zones. My challenge to you is to break that comfort zone at least once a week or month. You’d be surprised at things you actually enjoy, plus you get to meet some cool people along the way.

4) Be consistent

This is personally the hardest for me. Again, start slow so it’ll be easier to be consistent. When you find those positive friends, have them keep you accountable for eating healthy once a day or going to that spin class once a week.

5) Have fun!

It is miserable trying to reach your goals when you aren’t having fun. It’s simple. Find that group that meets up every week to go paddle boarding or join a swing class. As long as you are having fun, that should be enough to motivate you to be consistent.

– Hillary

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