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February, 2017 – almost 3 months into the new year – do you know where your New Year’s Resolutions are?
Just a few short months ago you had a plan: New Year, New Goals, New You – right? How is that going for you? Are you sticking to the plan or was the plan tossed off to the side? Or did you really even have a plan to start with? If you are anything like me, you may try to wing it for a while and then POOF, what you were trying to accomplish becomes a fleeting moment of “oh yeah – I forgot about that.” Learn from my mistakes and trust me when I say that a goal without a plan is one big setup for failure. You need to know your WHAT, HOW, WHEN and have a PLAN B. Here are 10 tips to help you create a plan and reach your goals THIS YEAR.
- Set resolutions that are realistic and based on your personal history. Learn from your failures. If you want to exercise five days a week and you haven’t done it in the past, try to do something that you are positive you will and can do. Start with exercising twice a week. And go from there.
- Set “in between goals”. You might want to lose 50 pounds or get a 6 pack, but it won’t happen overnight. Set your sights on small goals that will lead you to the big goal. Completing the small goals will keep you motivated and excited to reach the ultimate goal.
- Evaluate whether or not you have the skills to attain your resolution. If you want to start a strength-training program but have never lifted a weight or been inside a gym, there’s a good chance you’ll get intimidated or confused and give up. If you’re not sure how to reach your goal, get help – I know the PERFECT trainer to help you.
- Write down your resolution and your plan. Be clear on what your goal is, how you plan to reach it and what you will do if you slip up. A well laid out plan will help to ensure success.
- Keep track of your progress. For example, if you write down each workout, in time you can look back at past workouts and see the gains you’ve made. Need a workout journal? Click here to get my 12 week journal that will keep you motivated, on track and moving towards your goals.
- Be positive. If you say you can, you can! The way you talk to yourself really affects your ability to attain your goals. If you slip up, don’t beat yourself up about it. You’re human! Acknowledge it, figure out why you slipped up and remember what happened so you will be ready for the next time.
- Lose the excuses. Excuses are just reasons that you create because you are too scared to move forward. Don’t let excuses and fear keep you from your goals.
- Get support. Reach out to your family, friends or a group of people who share the same goal and who can encourage you and help you through difficult times.
- Use common sense. Avoid tempting situations that my cause you to make poor choices. If your downfall is ice cream, then don’t walk into the ice cream shop.
- Be prepared! If you plan to go to the gym after work, have your bag packed & ready to go the night before. If you want to eat better, make enough healthy foods to last you all week. Put them in clear containers in the fridge for easy to grab meals.
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Ah. Another Sunday Evening contemplating the upcoming week. I’m sure it will come with it’s challenges but you know what? I’m thinking positive today. And I’m geared up and ready to tackle whatever tomorrow brings. In fact… I actually can’t wait to go to sleep because:
A) I am usually exhausted by the end of the day
B) I love wearing my uber comfy Packer Jammies (yes I know. But we’ll be back again next year!)
C) it’s like taking a time travel spaceship to my favorite time of the day – BREAKFAST time!!
Seriously, who doesn’t LOVE breakfast? Every breakfast food in the world is amazing and I want you to be as excited as I am, so I want to share with you 2 of my go-to breakfast (or lunch, or snack, or pre workout, or just cause I want something sweet) recipes. One is unbelievably easy and the other takes a little more prep time, but it is so worth it. Oh and did I mention that that both use Apollo® Protein Power AKA the best-tasting protein in the world? Bonus! To read the full article, click here
“I should exercise.”
“I should eat healthier.”
“I should lose weight.”
We think it. We talk about it. We plan it out. We write it on our “to do” lists. There’s that thing that we should be doing and have every intention of doing, but when it comes right down to it, will we actually go through with it or just keep telling ourselves that we’ll do it “tomorrow”? This is what I like to call a case of the “should’s”. I can honestly tell you that I’ve had a case of them on more than one occasion. My “should” is stretching. I know I should do it… I plan on doing it…I tell myself I will do it…I even imagine myself doing it! BUUUUUUUT…..when it comes time to do my post-workout stretch, I find myself coming up with 8 million excuses. I will even look for reasons why I can’t stretch (I have even opted to pick up dog poop instead of stretch) and tell myself that I’ll start stretching tomorrow. And wouldn’t you know it, tomorrow comes and it’s a repeat of yesterday – no stretching. This routine becomes a part of every workout or run. I should stretch…I will stretch…I don’t stretch. Before I know it, a month has gone by and I am hit with a brutal, full-fledged case of the “should remorse” ie “I shoulda when I coulda”. I get an injury – plantar fasciitis. The most painful (and preventable) injury for runners and I have no one to blame but myself. If I would have just taken 5 minutes to stretch I wouldn’t be sidelined by this injury and unable to something that I love. Now is where I tell myself…again…that I really should stretch. And this time I stick to it. After a few weeks, my plantar fasciitis is gone, I’m more limber and I have less aches and pains after difficult workouts. Now I really appreciate the time I devote stretching. I can relax, clear my mind and enjoy the quiet. I enjoy stretching so much I often wonder why I didn’t do it before (DUH). I finally conquered one of my “should’s”, and now I challenge you to do the same. Take one thing that you know you should be doing and try to do it – no excuses. For example: try to add more veggies into your diet, go for a walk during your lunch break, or drink more water during the day. If it’s something you think you should do, give it a try. Please, whatever you do – don’t “should” on yourself!