Fresh Starts

There is no such thing as a fresh start.

I follow many people, blogs and online journeys. I have realized lately that one thing so many “healthy lifestyle” bloggers have in common is the need to “start fresh.”

We don’t make fresh starts in life.

Fits and starts (like my dear friend Carla always talks about) don’t make progress. And each time we claim to be making a “fresh start” with our “healthy lifestyles” we are really just fitting-and-starting.

Fresh starts are not really fresh.

Fresh starts are also not really even starts.

A fresh start simply begins where something else left off, making them a continuation…..or the middle of a journey.

Let me be clear: there is nothing wrong with the middle.

January 1st is not a fresh start.

January 1st is the day after December 31st, which just happens to be the day when a new calendar year begins.

Monday is not a fresh start.

Monday is the day after Sunday, which just happens to be the day when the work week begins (for most).

Proclaiming to go “gluten free” or “Paleo” or anything else is not a fresh start.

Your new “diet” just happens to begin on the day when an old “diet” ended.

And so on.

Do you see where I’m going with this?

Let’s stop fitting and starting. Let’s stop pretending our lives aren’t good enough and that we must make some brand new grand entrance into the world.

The best fresh start we can make is the one that never has to be fresh or a start.

No, the best fresh start is continuing to grow into our own; molding, shaping, becoming – being our very best.

Love your guts,


  1. Laura West Kong says

    Sure, there’s nothing wrong with the middle, but a fresh start is not always a myth either. To say that going GF was a fresh start for me is an understatement. There is probably not space in this reply box to list all the positive ways my life and health was changed. Do I have my diet down perfect? No. I’m still working on it. Do I have problems from time to time. Yes. That’s just life, and it’s a frustrating road sometimes. But thank God for fresh, new starts. I don’t know where I’d be without them.

    • says

      Hi Laura! I appreciate your perspective. I can completely relate to where you are coming from when you say, “To say that going GF was a fresh start for me is an understatement.” I have been gluten free for about 2.5 years now and for me it brought new life as well. My point in “fresh starts” is that it seems like people are trying to make them all the time, instead of embracing all the little steps – the continuation – of the life we’ve already been building. After a failed IVF cycle did I want to think and believe (and actually say) that it was time for a “fresh start?” Absolutely. But by proclaiming that, I think we’re really just trying to shed something off, and I wish back then I would have just embraced it for what it was and the next day didn’t wish for a “fresh start.” Thanks for your thoughts!


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