First things first, I don’t want to, but I have to admit something. It may not seem like a big deal to you, but to me it’s a huge deal. I am the cook in the house, and I take pride in my meals, but tonight my husband outshone me. I have to admit he made a better chicken stir fry than me! I don’t know how this happened, and the worst part is he asked me how to cook it, didn’t listen and it turned out better. This makes me think I better step up my game in the kitchen. But on the bright side, he cooked me dinner and it was amazing!
Now I want to talk about something that may be a big deal to you, a New Years Resolution. Now if you have waited for the New Year to start a new workout and/or eating program, there is NOTHING wrong with that, at least you have decided to start. That is the first and one of the most important, but the next step should be setting goals, long and short-term. Making both kinds of goals will help you stay on track. If you only make long-term goals, it may seem daunting and like it will take forever to achieve. Either way your goals should be realistic and achievable, but make sure they are challenging enough that you will have to put in hard work and effort to achieve them. Some examples of goals are…
Having a long-term goal of doing 20 push ups in a row, but making your short-term goal to start with 2-5 and add 2-3 every week until you achieve your goal.
Having a long-term goal of running 5k, and a short-term goal of starting with 1k and adding 1k every 1-2 weeks until your reach your goal.
Having a weight loss goal of 3o pounds total and a short-term goal of losing 2 pounds per week. Also with this said, if you begin weight training, you will lose some fat, but keep in mind you may see the scale going up due to the fact that muscle is more dense than fat. Also, losing weight doesn’t mean drastically cutting the amount of calories you need. You need to eat to lose weight, eat clean that is. It DOES matter what kind of foods you put into your body. I personally use myfitnesspal to calculate the calories I need daily for the amount I workout and how active I am. You may need to change the macronutrient profile on myfitnesspal, which is the percentage of fats, protein and carbohydrates you consume daily. Your macronutrients will depend on your fitness goals. You can make this change to your profile online at myfitnesspal (not on the app), but I highly suggest you set your macronutrients to the correct amount.
Make sure to reward yourself. NO, not with food, but with something that goes hand in hand with your goals. Reward yourself with a new workout top, pants or sneakers. When I get a new piece of workout gear, I can’t wait to get to the gym to wear it. Your goal may be to stop buying your morning coffee or frappuccino at your friendly Starbucks, make your own coffee (black) at home and put that money you would have otherwise spent, in a jar and save it to buy yourself something to reward yourself with.
Take pictures and record your goals, workouts and results in a journal. You don’t have to share these with a soul, but it may good for your own. You may not be able to see the changes by simply looking at yourself, after all you see yourself everyday, but if you take pictures you can put them side by side and see some amazing changes you wouldn’t be able to just looking at yourself in the mirror.
Share your goals with some close friends or family that you know will support you. Letting others know of your goals, may help you stay on track and achieve your goals. No one can respect your goals, if they don’t know you have any.
Last, but not least, GET STARTED. No more waiting, you don’t even have to wait until the calendar says January 1st. Get a head start, and start tomorrow! No more excuses, no more “when I have time, I will”. If you don’t make time, you will never just have time. If something is important enough to you, you will make time. Schedule working out like an appointment. I can feel myself going on a rant ;), but prepare, prepare, prepare! If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail. Make sure your goals are fail proof! If your weeks are hectic, make your food ahead of time for the week, and freeze appropriately. Pack your lunch the night before so you can just grab it and go in the morning. Go to bed 15 minutes earlier and get up 15 minutes earlier, allowing yourself to make breakfast. If you don’t have time in the morning, make a breakfast dish you can prepare ahead of time, where you can just grab and go. If you plan on heading to the gym after work, pack your gym bag the night before so it’s ready to go in the morning. If you plan to workout in the morning give yourself enough time to have a pre workout snack. If you have kiddos, make a plan with your husband/boyfriend/lover, so you can schedule your workout around when they can watch the children (and lucky you, if your gym has day care and you can workout together :)). ALL of these things can be done with preparation, determination, and motivation.
I will be off to Maui for a couple weeks, so I won’t be blogging for a while, but I can’t wait to share my vacation with you, once I am back!
I hope you all have a Happy New Years, and I will see you next year ;)!!