Can I just say how happy I am that Friday is here!! This week has pretty much flown by due to Christmas being on a Tuesday but still, I am never sad to see the weekend get here!
This afternoon we are meeting up with my friend Brandi and her kids for a lunch date at, drumroll…. McDonalds. Not the healthiest place but hey, they have a germ fest, play place to entertain the kids so I am game for it. I WILL be ordering a salad. I will probably get the Santa Fe salad minus the chicken because their grilled chicken is just plain gross. That aversion I get to meat sometimes, yeahhhh, it is back in full force right now.
Take last night’s dinner for instance. I wanted to make dinner easy so I picked up a rotisserie chicken along with some sweet potatoes and bagged salad for supper last night. When it was time to fix my plate, I just couldn’t handle the thought of the chicken so I stuck with a baked microwaved sweet potato and salad instead.
No complaining here! This was delicious and really hit the spot.
I may or may not have had a small bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios Medley cereal later in the evening. I mean, it was Cheerios. No harm there, right?!
There will be no workout for me today and I am SO okay with that. My arms, shoulders and especially my butt are so stinking sore!! I had no idea that the Tae-Bo Bootcamp DVD would leave me feeling like that. Last night Lance was playing around and smacked my hiney with some incredible hulk gloves(yeah, we are mature like that ) and I screamed out in pain. This is a deeeep soreness in the booty, too. Come on butt, LIFT…HA!!!
Speaking of working out, I thought this would be the perfect time to touch on New Years resolutions or rather, GOALS as I like to call them.
I have already seen pin after pin of healthy recipes and workout routines on Pinterest, as well as Facebook posts promising to start dieting just after the new year. Great!! It is always a good thing when someone decides they want to live a healthier life. However, what isn’t so great about it…..the feelings of failure a few weeks in when they haven’t been able to achieve what they set out to do. I know this because I have BEEN there. I am pretty sure we all have at some point in time.
New Years Resolutions/Goals: Sticking it Out
I am no fitness expert but when it comes to making fitness related New Years resolutions, I have learned through trial and error.
My biggest advice: Make long term goals but more importantly make shorter term goals to go along with them.
It is so very easy to be gung-ho about starting a new way of life. You want to lose 30 pounds, run a half marathon and become a vegetarian and you want it all to happen NOW. If only it were that easy. Creating goals in the easy part. Sticking to them….that is where the real commitment comes into play. And this is the very reason that I recommend making short term goals, too.
Here are a couple examples:
Losing weight: If you have a larger amount of weight to lose(over 10 pounds) it can seem daunting when they scale starts to plateau. Instead of expecting to see big losses week after week, aim to lose .5 to 1 pound per week. This way you can step on the scale without that dreadful feeling each week. It is much easier to lose 1 pound at a time rather than thinking non-stop about that big 30+ number. Don’t worry, each pound of weight loss WILL add up to the loss that you are ultimately aiming for.
Cutting out food groups: Personally, I feel all groups are okay in moderation but I have toyed with the idea of being vegetarian so I certainly understand the motivation behind it. Whether your goal is to be vegetarian, paleo or gluten free, I don’t recommend going cold turkey. Instead, aim for three days per week of incorporating the new way of eating into your lifestyle. It can be quite overwhelming to overhaul your diet all at once. Slowly transitioning can make life much easier!!
Working out: I am a firm believer that everyone should work out!! It doesn’t have to be in a gym and you don’t have to do it for an hour each day but you should get your heart pumping several days per week. It is so good for the body and mind!! Before jumping in think about ways you enjoy working out(if that is possible!!). If you despise running, you probably shouldn’t aim to complete a half marathon this year. If you dislike working out inside, the gym might not be the best place for you. If you are short on funds, there are PLENTY of free and inexpensive options out there. Hello…sidewalks are free and pinterest is loaded with ideas. Again, pick something you enjoy(more likely to stick with) and start slowly. Rather than working out for an hour each day, aim for 30 minutes three times per week. Something is always better than nothing and as you become more fit, you can increase the days and amount of time you workout!!
And now my final piece of advice: Stop Making Excuses!!! If you truly want it to happen, it will. If you don’t, it won’t. It really is as simple at that!! Your destiny (in diet and fitness at least) is in your hands!!! You don’t have to be perfect but you do have to stop giving up!!!!