New year, new goals!
First off, just out of curiosity, did you go through your pantry like I did and eat all the junk food the day before you started your new goals? I don’t think I’m the only one who does this, right? Seriously though, however you decide to do it, get rid of the junk! Clear your fridge and pantry of the foods that tempt you too much. If they aren’t there, you can’t eat them. Find alternative snacks that you love and stock up on them. I like things that are crunchy to mindlessly snack on while I sit at the computer. To keep it healthy I choose carrot sticks, grapes or apple slices with a little peanut butter.
How are you doing with your new year goals/resolutions to get healthier, lose weight and start exercising?
We are just a few weeks into the new year. Some of you have built up some great momentum and you’re seeing some changes already! On the other hand, many of us are starting to lose that motivation and excitement we had when we first made our new year’s resolution to eat healthier and/or start working out.
Here are a few things you can do to keep it going.
Look at your goals. Are they realistic? I find it helpful to take your big goal and break it down into weekly goals. For example, let’s say you want to lose 15 pounds and be able to run three miles on the treadmill without stopping. These are two great goals that can go together but let’s separate them so we can break them down into achievable actions. Take your weight loss goal and break into a realistic number you can lose each week, such as 1.5 pounds. In just 10 weeks you will reach your big goal! Now do the same with your running goal. Instead of worrying about how far you can run without stopping, make it a goal to get on the treadmill 3 times a week. Start off with walking and jogging intervals. Each time you get on the treadmill add in more jogging and running intervals than you did at your last session. Before you know it, 3 miles will be a piece of cake.
Plan ahead! I can not stress enough how important it is to plan your meals for the week. Even if you only have time to roast a big batch of veggies in the oven and make one main dish. It will give you some food in the fridge that you can heat up fast when you’re swamped with daily activities. Each week try to dedicate a little more time to meal prep and you will get better at it. You will figure out what works for you and what your favorites foods to make ahead are. I prefer having roasted cauliflower, broccoli and/or carrots along with grilled chicken and a batch of quinoa in the fridge. I can easily mix a little of each in a bowl, heat it up and have a quick meal in just a matter of minutes.
Talk about it. Tell a family member or friend about your goals. Better yet, get someone who has similar goals to buddy up with. This creates accountability and that leads to success. Another great place for accountability is social media. Join a health and fitness group on Facebook or follow health and fitness accounts on Instagram for motivation and great recipe ideas from people who have the same interests as you.
The biggest tip to success in reaching your goals is to change your mindset. Put a positive spin on everything you are trying to do. Instead of thinking of the foods you can’t eat, find a new way to make those foods in a healthier way. Don’t make yourself miserable with exercises you don’t like. Find ways that are fun for you such as outdoor walks, workout videos on YouTube that you can do at home if you’re not comfortable going to a gym, riding bike or playing tag with the kids. Make it fun and your goals will much easier to reach.
Happy New Year!