Happy New Year!
What is 2014 going to be like for you?
You can’t control everything that happens to you in 2014, but what you do have control over is which goals you choose to set and how you plan on reaching them.
Most people hate New Year’s Resolutions. Most people think they are pointless, and never set them. I guess, I’m not like most people, because I love them. I always set them, and I make a great effort to stick to them.
And although, I make a resolution for the year, I also always have other goals I am trying to reach. After reaching my current goals, ¬†I then set new ones.
However, not everyone is constantly making goals, and for some, they dread it. Others set a New Year resolution and by February forget their resolution ever existed.
So here are some fun tips to get you setting a New Year resolution and sticking to it.
- Be specific, and well detailed.
- Have a game plan.
- Be inspired and find support.
The two most common resolutions are…
1) Diet and loose weight.¬†
If this is your new year resolution, the odds are you are going to fail. Why? Because there is no game plan. A couple years ago, my resolution was, “I’m going to eat one unique, exotic, interesting food a week.” This resolution being more specific¬†was totally doable. It¬†got me out of my rut of always throwing the same food into my grocery cart. It also got me exploring health food stores, such as MOM’s Organic Market and Whole Foods. I would literally grab one item I knew nothing about, and throw it into my cart. I would go home research it, learning how to prepare it, and what it went well with. This one small resolution changed my life. I began exploring new food options. I discovered a passion for cooking. ¬†I started meal prepping. And with out even realizing it at first, I began to eat healthier and loose body fat.
So this year, instead of focusing on dieting, and counting calories, try focusing on living a healthy lifestyle. Focus on making healthier food choices. This may not be as easy as it seems, because the sad truth is that¬†many people are confused and simply do not know what is healthy. If you fall in this category it is not your fault. Advertisements play so many sneaky tricks on us by calling products fat free, low fat, diet, when the truth is these products are really overly processed, full of sugar and chemicals. Even fat free milk, which sounds healthy, is actually processed. They suck out the fat and replace it with chemicals and 12 grams of added sugar per cup. The average woman should only get an average of 25-30 grams of added sugar a day.
So start to educate yourself… This is important!
It’s time to…
- Read labels and avoid chemicals.
- Promise yourself that you will choose organic, cold-pressed, raw, unrefined, unprocessed foods.
- Eliminate added sugars.
- Meal prep.
- Cook your own food.
- Have fun by researching and trying new foods and recipes.
- Become a foodie, and choose high quality foods.
- Really make an effort to learn about exactly what you are putting in to your body.
- Download apps, get the tools, you need to succeed.
This may be a time commitment and a financial investment, but it is worth it in the long run. You deserve this!
Once you have truly learned about selecting a healthy food choice, and your get on a regular routine of living a healthy lifestyle, it is then that you can take it up a notch. It is then that you can count macros and carb cycle. ¬†There are a lot of apps that can help you learn a healthy food choice, and later log your food. My favorite is My Fitness Pal.
2) I’m going to work out more… is another common resolution.
If this is your New Year resolution be prepared to fail. Why? Again there is no game plan. Instead, choose a plan. There are tons of free weightlifting plans on bodybuilding.com.
In 2013, I decided, along side of my running I was going to incorporate weight lifting, into the mix. I had been running everyday, but wanted to improve my speed, and prevent injury – so it was time to get strong. When training for a full or half marathon I always had been successful while following a disciplined training plan. Because of this, I knew I needed one when it came to weight lifting. That being said, I saw amazing results in the weight room because I followed the Livefit Trainer, by Jamie Eason.
Honestly, the Livefit trainer changed my life. I have never seen such amazing results in my body, and the best part is my running has significantly improved.
“Change your mind set. Stop focusing on getting skinny! Instead focus on getting strong. If you focus on getting strong, the fat will melt right off.”
One way I found success was to record everything. When you write down how heavy you are lifting, next time you lift heavier you will feel more accomplished, by setting a new PR. Also when you record everything, you will be amazed how much you are actually doing. One leg day, after counting all of my reps and sets, I discovered I did 180 squats that day. Pretty amazing!
Maybe you don’t belong to a gym… maybe you would rather choose to run as your source of exercise. ¬†Well you are asking the right person, because I am a runner. Running is my thing.
Again you need a game plan and a detailed goal.
I love racing, so this New Year I would suggest signing up for a race. By signing up for a race, you will have a specific date you must physically be ready to run by. In the summer, in the DC area, there is a 5K every friday in Crystal City. So if¬†you are choosing to run shorter distances such as a 5K, consider signing up for several. Maybe your goal will to be to race once a month.
If you are choosing a longer distance, such as half marathon or full, allow at least 16 weeks for training. There are tons of online training plans. My favorite running plans are written by Hal Higdon. I have trained for all of my full marathons, by using his plans, and I found success.
Log your miles…
Another option is to set a milage goal, for example, maybe you want to run 20 miles a week, or 100 miles a month. (These are all very doable goals.) Maybe you want to do a 30 day consecutive running challenge, where you run at least a mile a day everyday for 30 days.
There are several online running logs, you can use to keep track of your miles. Because I have a Garmin, I use the Garmin Connect center. But if you do not have a Garmin, you can use a free log on runnersworld.com. Another option is Daily Mile. There are also many apps to record your miles, such as, Run Keeper or Map my Run.
¬†Stay Inspired beyond social media…
Although social media sites, such as Instagram, Tumblr and Facebook can be very helpful and inspiring. There are times when you find an inspiring article in a magazine that you want to tear out and keep. In this case, I find it very helpful to create a story board, or inspiration board/wall. This is simply a physical spot on a wall, or a cork board that you can pin inspiration and notes too. This helps you stay organized. Another option is to join Pinterest, the online option for a pin board.
Also if you keep a day planner, don’t forget to write down your daily workouts, and good eats.
To find support…
The people who see the best results in most cases have a workout partner, or a running buddy. Sometimes it is hard to find someone with the same schedule as you. (I have struggled with this.) ¬†So in order to find support there is a ton of online fitness community you can join. My favorite is What’s Beautiful by Under Armour. What’s beautiful is free, and by joining you are able to learn new things, be inspired by others, participate in challenges, and get never-ending support.
Instagram is another form of social media, that can make a huge difference in keeping you motivated. ¬†People think Instagram is just a personal photo sharing app, but the truth is Instagram has much more to offer.
Instagram is an information source. You can search hashtags that lead you to, personal trainers, running coaches, small businesses, professional athletes, athletes trying to inspire, chefs, nutritionist, foodies, etc.
You can learn new yoga poses, new recipes, new workouts, new equipment, new gear, and so much more. You can follow people who inspire you. You can follow companies. The information and knowledge you can find, is at your fingertips. It comes quickly and is never-ending. ¬†You can also hashtag your personal photos, which your followers and others ¬†might like or comment on – this support alone may be just the motivation you need.
Another fun thing about Instagram is you can easily join a challenge. There are tons of challenges going on and all you need to do is use the challenge hash tag. There is also daily hash tags, such as #transfomationtuesday used on tuesday or #flexfriday used on friday.
If an online fitness community isn’t enough, try joining a Crossfit gym, yoga studio, running club/group, or local gym.
So there you have it. ¬†These are my top tips on how to be successful when it comes to nutritional and fitness goals this new year.
Questions for you…
- What’s your New Year Resolution?
- What tips do you have to stick to a resolution?
- How do you stay inspired?
¬© 2014 sweatdaily
Articles you may be interested in.
- New Years Resolution 2013
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- I’ve been drinking my sugar.¬†
- Livefit Trainer and Fitness apps
- Transformation Tuesday