Beyond the New Year’s Resolution: Stay on Top of Your Goals, Year Round



We are coming upon a new year, which is always such a great time to reflect, and find ways to make a new start.


Resolutions are exciting thing to think about, no doubt; Most of us have a few goals rolling in our heads as the transition from the past year moves us forward to the next.


We as humans – alongside nature – develop and exist in cycles, so starting a fresh cycle is always invigorating and maybe even motivating. January 1st can be a transformative day and the dopamine rush from our plans and internal hopes always makes us feel good!


Many of us go bounding into a New Year with high hopes that we will get closer to the lifestyle (and maybe even person) that we would like to become. Yet, that wide-eyed optimism only tends to last for so long, until many of us find ourselves slipping back into familiar habits … our new goals disappear into the background.


So how do we go about making sure that our aspirations for a life more fully lived continues once the excitement gives way to the reality of the hard work that needs to be done to ensure

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Restless Leg Syndrome – Is It Stopping You from Sleeping?

The continuous recordings of brain activity that led to the discovery of REM (rapid eye-movement) sleep were not done until 1953, partly because the scientists doing the tests were concerned about wasting paper!

Periodic Limb Movements in Sleep (PLMS) is a symptom that is commonly associated with another type of sleep disorder known as Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS). However, PLMS is a separate condition and RLS need not be present.

Although the problem itself does not seem to cause or aggravate any other medical conditions, the frequent limb movements can cause a disruption in a person’s sleep. In fact, it can lead to significant insomnia, which can have adverse affects. It is for this reason that PLMS is considered a sleep disorder.

Symptoms are few but they are obvious. As the name implies, the lower limbs of individuals with this disorder move, often repetitively, for varying periods of time. These movements, which are characterized as either sudden jerks, or twitches, or a flexing of the foot upwards, occur while the affected individual is asleep. These types of limb movements occur in episodes that can last just a minute or they can last for many hours. Once an episode stops, however, …

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Tips For a Lasting Denver Fitness Routine


It’s that introspective time of year when the crisp fall air gives way to cold winter winds – and we feel it. The daylight becomes more sparse while the warm indulgences of food, drink, family and friends become more plentiful.


With so many extra obligations – and so many tasty treats of the season – it’s almost always our gym or fitness routines that get pushed way back … to the back burner.


Instead of obsessing about how we’ll be able to commit to our old routines amidst the madness, maybe it’s just better to give into all this change and embrace something completely new?!


A new workout regimen, goal or schedule might be just what you need. Plus, a new approach can interject some fun and excitement back into something that may have become monotonous. AND, starting a new goal before the New Year also alleviates some of the dreaded pressure of those pesky resolutions. So why not put yourself ahead of the curve and get started a little early? Here are a few tips and reminders that can help you make this new routine a lasting one:


The Buddy System


One of the easiest things you can do

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A Motivational Workshop: Make 2019 Your Best Year Yet






Awaken is honored to host Cameron Brown, who has spoken to audiences across 4 continents, appeared on the TEDx stage in Rome as well as popular media outlets including ABC and Huffington Post, and his videos have been viewed by more than 1 million people across 195 countries. Lucky us, he’s coming to Awaken!


When: Dec. 1 / 1:30 pm-4:30 pm (half hour break for snacks and a stretch sesh led by Awaken manager Tanya) 
Where: Awaken! Bring a meditation cushion, yoga mat, or pillow to sit on
Topic: Have your best year ever! Why most resolutions don’t work, and how to create sustainable and high-performance patterns and habits

Cost: $40 Awaken members / $45 non-Awaken members


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Awaken Bodyweight Fitness + Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project = Winning!

At Awaken Denver, we’re committed to constantly developing partnerships with people and businesses in our community.
Check out the Sojourner Beer Project, right across the street from Awaken, for deals on brews of all kinds!
Even if you’re not a beer drinker, you can grab a few n/a options like their draft root beer and cold nitro brew coffee!
Get $1.50 OFF every pint with your Awaken membership! ———>>>

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Awaken November Bodyweight Fitness Specials are HERE!

Awaken Denver Bodyweight Fitness owners Orench Lagman and Crystal Hatch would like to offer …






As a thank you to our local and global bodyweight fitness community, and alongside our 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY we’re running specials all NOVEMBER LONG! Click here to buy now!


Keep your eye out for more specials in the coming year by staying connected and follow us on Facebook, or email us at!



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Preparing Yourself for Paleo Success

One of the best things that you can do for yourself when you start your paleo journey is to prepare yourself for success. Believe it or not, preparing for success isn’t just about motivating yourself it is also about identifying your potential obstacles, making plans for ways to get around those obstacles, and finding ways for you to keep yourself motivated.

Even though the goal of eating paleo is to achieve your best health and weight, it will take some time to get there. If you go into this journey expecting your motivation to be enough to change your life, you will likely fail. Likewise, if you go into this journey thinking about all of the things that are going to go wrong you will likely fail. There is a balance for being successful, and a big part of that balance is knowing how to be realistic about what you should expect while still being confident that you are going to be able to achieve your goals.

It takes 21 days to create a habit. By that logic if you think about everything good and bad that you may experience in the next 21 days then you are getting yourself …

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Where to Buy Paleo Foods Online

Shopping for paleolithic-approved foods at your local grocer can be difficult. You have been shopping a certain way for a very long time, either years or decades. That means that you are used to spending a lot of time in the interior aisles of your favorite supermarkets. Unfortunately, almost everything in those inner aisles is off-limits as long as you are eating the paleo way. You want to focus on the outer walls of typical grocery stores when shopping for the paleo plan.

As a result, you may prefer to purchase your paleo goodies online. Fortunately for you, a lot of companies have jumped on the healthy eating bandwagon in recent years. That means you can go to the following websites and purchase paleo products, which saves you time, wear and tear on your vehicle, and money spent on fuel shopping the traditional way.

This company’s tagline is “We Believe That Food Is Medicine”. They offer free shipping on orders above $49. If you decide to become an affiliate, you can make money by referring their healthy products to your friends, as you get paid a commission when someone you refer to the site makes a purchase. In addition …

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What to Expect Your First Week on The Paleo Diet

Have you ever had the flu? Some people that go paleo are confused by flulike symptoms the first 5 to 7 days of this eating plan. This is known as the “carb flu”, so named because your restricted carbohydrate intake produces symptoms that mirror influenza. This means fatigue, muscle aches and chills, nausea, sore throat or a congestion in the head may develop during the first week of adopting a paleo eating approach. Understanding this going in can keep you from being concerned that something bad is happening to your body. It is also important that you know that this will only last 5-7 days and then you will begin to truly feel the positive effects of eating this way. Below are some of the things you should expect when starting your paleo journey.

You Might Be Hungry … Really Hungry

Paleo foods are high in nutrition and low in carbohydrates and calories, in most cases. This means you could find yourself ravenously hungry throughout the day. If this happens, eat some fruit, because fruit is higher in healthy fat and calories than a lot of meat or vegetables. Make sure you take in healthy fat and protein in each …

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Top Paleo Meal Delivery Services

When Henry Ford adopted the assembly line as a process for making automobiles, little did he know he was contributing to the growth of your waistline. Cars replaced horse-drawn buggies, and pizza chains and other restaurants now use vehicles to deliver food to your front door. Unfortunately, most delivery food is less than healthy. Much of it certainly doesn’t qualify as paleo-friendly. Lately though, in the United States and other countries, paleo meal delivery services have become commonplace.

This is a simple way to have a virtual paleo chef cooking for you. You go online, place your order, either one-time orders or weekly and monthly deliveries, and you simplify the paleo eating process. Here are a few of the major paleo delivery services in the United States, and a summary of the services they offer.

Pre-Made Paleo

This moderately priced paleo meal delivery service can be found in all 50 US states, Canada and Puerto Rico. They specialize in organic vegetables, locally sourced food and grass-fed beef. This company was started by chef and author Richard Bradford, who wrote the New York Times bestseller The Whole30. Expect strict adherence to paleo guidelines. All vegetables are 100% organic.

Pete’s Paleo

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