Happy 2018! We are 3 days into the new year and I know everyone is working on goals this time of year. I love to work on goals and most of the time I really follow through they have a lasting effect, other times old habits creep up again. That is why it is important to do some things to guard against those old habits overtaking the new again. I am using an amazing journal called The Freedom Journal to help me in this process. This is my 5th Freedom journal to date and I just love how this journal helps you set daily action plans and intentions along your journey to your goal. Check out the journal here:
For example, last year I set a health goal to lose 15 pounds in 100 days. I set the intention to eat 3 servings of veggies a day, drink 8 glasses of water a day and workout 5 times a week. I did lose the weight, but then over time I lost some of those habits and "fell off the wagon." I did keep some of the habits of eating a healthy breakfast every morning and drinking more water, but my workouts at home fell by the wayside.
At the end of 2017 I found myself thinking about this. I thought about why the workouts didn't stick for me. I began to think back to the past and try to recall a time that I really liked doing a particular type of exercise. That time was probably around 20 years ago for a brief time I went to the same gym as my brother and we did weight lifting and some cardio together. I really enjoyed those workouts. I loved the gym environment, the structure and working out with someone else. So, I paid attention to those thoughts. I encourage you to always listen to your intuition and those little thoughts that pass through your mind like that one did. Because of those thoughts I found out why my at home workouts had not inspired me to keep up with them. Here are the reasons:
1. I like working out with other people and at home I'm by myself.
2. I like a structured routine or environment. At home I'd just invent workouts and then ended up doing the same ones over and over and that bored me.
3. I like the accountability of being in a group environment or class. At home I'm again, by myself and was only accountable to myself.
4. I like a combination of weight lifting and cardio/aerobic exercise. At home I was only doing body weight exercises which didn't really excite me a whole lot.
Now, I decided to change my routine into a routine where I can: enjoy the activities, stick with the program, have variety, be with other people & have accountability. How? Here is how:
1. I joined a gym that is very close to home. It is the closest one that has the classes and programs that I enjoy.
2. I found classes Monday to Friday that I can join.
3. I will have 4 training sessions so that I can learn how to use the weight lifting equipment on days that I am not doing classes and want to do that.
4. I have a friend who set up a daily Facebook accountability group for exercise so I can check in there.
5. I just tried my 1st class at the gym: Tread and Shred- a fun class on the treadmill. I loved it! Can't wait to go back!
I'd say that the changes that I made in my fitness routine alone have really made a difference and I feel much more confident that this is an overall lifestyle change rather than just a goal I only stick with for 100 days.
Here is my nutrition goal for 2018:
I am sticking to a keto (low-carb, high fat + veggies) type of diet. That doesn't mean that I won't have the occasional treat, but I feel much better on this eating plan. I have had much more energy so far and I am really loving it. I absolutely love food and I love that this diet has a lot more dairy in it because I have always responded well to dairy. I do believe that there is a different way of eating that works for each person, their body, their lifestyle and their goals. This is simply one that I am exploring to see how it works for me.
Here is my current goal:
"Get down to 125 pounds by March 31st by: Working out at the gym in classes and weight lifting/group coaching sessions 5 days a week, eating a keto/paleo diet at least 6 days a week, eating 3 servings of vegetables a day, drinking 8 glasses of water a day and remaining accountable to my online fitness group."
This goal is much more specific and I have many more ways to keep myself interested in the fitness and the nutrition aspects. This does not mean that I will be perfect, but I will do my best and strive for the best. I wish you all a very happy and healthy 2018! I look forward to cooking many healthy meals for you as well!