I think we can all agree on the fact that we enter the holiday season thinking our self control and working out will be top notch. I always tell myself that I am going to workout everyday and not indulge in every sweet that comes my way. While I do a pretty good job at both, It’s still not perfect and by the time January hits, I’m feeling like I need a major rehaul.
We’re now about a month and a half in and I’m curious to see how you all are doing? Have you stuck to your 2018 goals and resolutions?
So far, I have and I am super excited about that! We’ve been so busy but I’ve been able to stay on track about 99% of the time. How do I do it?!
Let me tell ya…
♥ SET SMALL GOALS – I like to make a list but spread them out week-by-week so that I am not overwhelming myself with a BIG change. Maybe the first week you want to work on drinking more water. Take that goal and run with it for seven days. Achieve that goal and pat yourself on the back for doing so! Then the next week, maybe add another goal to add a healthy protein to every meal. It’s much easier to stick to your goals and turn them into habits when you start small.
♥ FIND YOUR WHY – I love this one because it makes you dig a little deeper than you normally would. What is your reason for setting these goals? Is it because you want to be healthier? If so, what will that do for you? Maybe your answer is that it will give you more confidence. Ok, so what will having more confidence do for you? You just need to keep asking yourself why/what until you can’t anymore. Finally, you’ll reach your big A-HA and that WHY will be your driving force behind all of your health and fitness goals.
♥ ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNERS – Find someone to support you or set the same goals and go through the process together! I’ve formed a pretty amazing group of friends at work and we’ve been able to push each other to get to the gym most days. When you’re not feeling like working out, someone else is and they will motivate you to get your booty to the gym with them. It seriously helps SO much! Maybe your significant other is also active or wanting to reach those goals. Workout with them! I love heading to the gym with my hubby because he pushes me to workout harder than I do when I’m there alone. Sometimes, I even use my pup! I know that he would do anything to be outside walking/running/playing ball so together we get out there and get moving.
♥ LIMIT ALCOHOL – I’m not saying don’t drink but I’m saying be mindful of how much you’re drinking. I am a champagne/red wine/IPA beer LOVER. I definitely enjoy a glass of red wine on work nights and a few cocktails on the weekend but I try not to over do it. Drinking too much alcohol spikes your blood sugar level, dehydrates you, wears you out and makes you crave all of the bad things. I love to mix in a few mocktails because it feels like I’m drinking but I’m putting the good stuff into my body instead! My favorites are kombucha on ice with fresh mint and a lemon wedge OR I also love pure tart cherry juice and sparkling water on ice.
♥ MAGIC PLATES & THE 20 MINUTE MEAL – I LOVE a good magic plate because it has all of the right foods to keep me satisfied and full until the next meal. A magic plate is a combination of ⅓ vegetables, ⅓ protein and ⅓ dense starchy vegetable or grain mixed in with a few TBSP of a healthy fat. A great example of this is my taco bowl! We use spinach (vege) as the base and top it with black beans or pinto beans (protein), russet/sweet potatoes (starchy vege), red onion (vege), avocado (healthy fat), cilantro (vege), lime and salsa (vege)! When you’re eating your magic plates, make sure to take 20 minutes to do so! Relax, set your fork down and really chew each bite. We tend to overeat when we are rushing through our meals because we don’t give ourselves enough time to realize when we are full. You always want to eat to about 80% fullness.
♥ MOVE – What gets you excited to workout? It doesn’t have to be running or climbing on the stairmaster. Maybe you prefer barre class or dancing? Maybe you like yoga and pilates? Whatever it is, find it and do it. Sometimes I do not feel like working out at all so I head to the park with the pup and throw the ball around and let him chase me. It actually turns out to be great exercise and I don’t even feel like I’m working out! We also love to borrow our friend’s children and take them to the trampoline park. It is a blast and you don’t realize how hard you’ve worked until you wake up the next day!
♥ ALWAYS BE PREPARED – Make a point to go grocery shopping on your day off and meal prep a bit so you have lunches for work. It’s hard enough to wake up in the morning for work so waking up even earlier to prepare a healthy lunch is so out of the question for me. We also like to buy healthy snacks and have them bagged up for the week or even prepped the night before. It makes it so much easier to stay on track and achieve your goals when you have it all ready to go.
♥ DRINK WATER – Water is SO important for healthy body function. It keeps your blood sugar levels evened out, keeps your organs functioning, and is also amazing for digestion and moving the toxic sludge through you. They say to strive for half of your body weight in ounces but I am very active so I typically try to drink as many ounces of water to pounds that I weigh.
♥ MOTIVATE YOURSELF – Find things to keep you motivated and wanting to stay healthy and fit. If I’m ever feeling dull or bored of working out, I purchase some new workout gear, throw on a good playlist or try a new class. I also love to try new recipes every week so that I’m not constantly eating the same thing. It keeps things exciting and I’ve been able to try a lot of new foods that I normally wouldn’t have thought to try.
♥ REDUCE STRESS – Stress is so bad for you but also so prevalent in today’s society. Jobs, traffic, body image and relationships can cause a lot of added stress to our lives so it’s important to learn how to manage it. I am a total stress-ball so I really listen to my body to help get me through it. If my body is super exhausted and I’m not feeling like working out, I don’t. I’ll go do something that makes me feel really good. Other days I am so stressed that all I need is working out so I head to a good spin class or a hot yoga session. I know a lot of people who mediate or get acupuncture and it really seems to help. Whatever it is that de-stresses you, make sure you’re getting enough of it.
♥ MODERATION – Try not to over-do it with anything in life. It’s all about moderation. Don’t deprive yourself of anything because you’ll just end up binging on it later. If you’re craving some ice cream, have enough to satisfy the craving and move on. Don’t force yourself to workout 24/7 and stress about it when you can’t. Too much working out causes stress on your body which then causes your body to hold onto everything and prevents you from losing weight and being healthy. Growing up, my parents always told me “everything in moderation” and it has been so incredibly helpful. I never feel unhappy or like I am dieting, because I’m not. I enjoy what I want but I’m mindful about it and it has really worked out for me.
♥ DON’T TAKE LIFE TOO SERIOUSLY – Make sure you don’t get so caught up in your goals that your forget to have fun and enjoy life. It’s important to be healthy but it’s also important to be happy. Head out for a night on the town and dance your butt off or jump into those shopping center water fountains that are always calling your name. Be bad and break your own rules once in awhile.