It’s almost February and this is the time that people start losing interest or motivation in sticking with their New Years goals or resolutions….are you one of them? If so, think about what it is that you REALLY want….and then read this post about the most important question to ask yourself when setting goals. But most importantly, if something is important to YOU, then you owe it to yourself to push!
Making changes is hard. But that’s okay! It’s hard in every aspect of life…making financial changes, business changes, relationship changes, and of course health and fitness changes. I was talking to an older gentleman at our gym last week with my husband, and he said to us “if it was easy then everyone would do it”. And more often then not, if it’s difficult and if it pushes you…it’s worth it.
If you need to re-think or adjust some goals, that’s okay…but don’t give up!! Remember- if it was easy, everyone would be doing it.
I got a ton done this weekend (cleaning, homework, workouts, etc) and I was thinking to myself what was different about this weekend vs other times when I’m unproductive. Of course I don’t expect every weekend to be super productive, but there are times it’s necessary.
So what was different this time? I didn’t give my self a choice. I just got up and worked. I realized that the times I’m in the “I have so much to get done” mentality, I actually don’t get much done.
So this week, instead of thinking I have so much to do before Thanksgiving or before finals or whatever, just GET TO WORK. One task at a time, telling yourself “of course you will get everything done”. You always do.
So there is about 2 months until the new year, and I am sooooo excited for the holiday season. But I also get a little anxiety this time of year about [over] stuffing my little cheeks, especialllly while on vacay. I thought I would put together a little plan for myself to help me stay on track! I remember last year it was really hard for me to keep up because I was doing a lifting program and didn’t have access to a gym while I was on vacation for 2 weeks. I’ve learned the error of my ways and plan on increasing my HIIT cardio while I’m out of town.
Of course I’ll be indulging in my Thanksgiving and Christmas favs (hello pumpkin pie). But I also want to track my protein intake to make sure I’m staying on top of that. While I’m home I’ll still track my macs the best I can, but on vacation I want to make sure I’m keeping up with protein and I’ll just let the rest fall where it may.
One other thing to mention is that there is absolutely so excuse for going HAM and eating every tasty thing in sight for the next 2 months and then thinking “I’ll just start in January”. For two reasons. 1) this brings an unhealthy binge mentality, followed by severe restricting which is not helpful or healthy in any way. 2) severe restricting come January 1 is not long lasting. You will have better results if you tweak a few things now (for example, focus on adding in a bit of exercise and drinking more water), then add something else come the New Year (more veggies, more intense workout plan, macro counting, etc)….
Food is the focus of a lot (or most) holiday gatherings. That’s just how it is. Remember to try and have some balance- eat your favorite dessert, but don’t eat the fatty sides that you don’t even really like. Enjoy and indulge a bit, but eat those veggies too 😉 It’s all about balance, and life is too short to avoid gatherings in order to avoid tempting (and delicious) foods.
Do you have any action plan for the upcoming Holiday Season? It’s best to decide now so you aren’t overwhelmed when the first holiday parties start cropping up!
While I totally believe it’s important to push yourself, sometimes it’s just time to let yourself rest.
I spent this past weekend relaxing in Park City with my husband and in-laws and it felt so good to have a little break from tracking calories and working out. I spent time in the mountain air doing my favorite things- eating yummy food, shopping, spending time with family, and snuggling up by the fire watching TV. It’s always better to take a couple days than to burn yourself out…
But for some reason I’m having a hard time jumping back into my workouts. I think there’s a hard balance between feeling rested and enjoying “vacation mode” a little too much… To be honest, I still haven’t worked out today! But I’m hitting my macros so I’ll call that a win.
Sometimes our bodies need to rest, but sometimes we just feel lazy. And that’s just being human. Strength comes from getting up and pushing through, and not letting a weekend turn into a bad week, and then month…..it’s too easy to lose progress that way…
A change of scenery and new workout clothes always work for me 😉 But today I’m starting a new workout program by Krissy Mae Cagney aka @kmaecags. I’m starting PowerShred which is a 6 week, 6 day/wk program. I figured this would probably be the last 6 consecutive weeks before the end of the year without any travel for holidays, etc. I’m so pumped! Have a great week!
Happy Monday! Last week I shared some of the health benefits of strength training, but I wanted to share why I personally lift weights and the benefits I have seen for myself. This isn’t an extensive list ,but just a few reasons I continue to hit the gym every week….
Physical strength brings me a feeling of inner strength. I know I am mentally strong and I can do hard things. I can also use my mind to push myself further.
Anti-Anxiety. I saw these benefits from cardio, but it’s even better with lifting. Because I have to stay focused on form, reps, sets, etc., it puts my mind at ease simply because I’m not thinking about anything other than my workout. And then of course there is the endorphin high 🙂
Self Love. In the past I was so critical of my body (and still can be, but getting so much better) I now see myself as strong, and am no longer with trying to get smaller, smaller, smaller….which is not a good mindset to have.
Self-discipline breeds self-discipline…the more focused I am in scheduling and completing my workouts, the more I want to take care of myself– make sure I’m eating well, schedule my check-ups at the doctor, get enough sleep, etc. etc. It’s a snowball effect.
I’ve learned to love exercise. I enjoy being active, which in the past I never would have expected from myself.
A common hobby with my husband- It’s nice to be able to text him when I hit a PR at the gym. He gets it and supports me.
So obviously there are alllll kinds of reasons to workout…tell me what keeps you going back for more…
Between Social Media and TV, Movies, Ads, etc…there are millions of messages thrown at us everyday. Telling us what we “should” or “should not” be. What you should have, how much money you should make or spend…blah blah blah. It’s great to become motivated and inspired by other women, but it can become an unhealthy obsession. Everyone is at a different place. A different step in life. A different chapter. Different circumstances. It’s not fair to compare yourself to anyone other than YOU.
I am definitely guilty of the comparing game, but when I re-focus and think about where I was 1 year ago or even a few months ago, I realize that I’ve made progress. I’m heading in the right direction. So this week work on comparing yourself to YOU and only you!! You can look back at past photos, journals, facebook- whatever. If you aren’t headed in the direction you want to be going, only YOU can decide to change gears and go where you want to go. This applies to all aspects of life- fitness and physical health, emotional and spiritual well-being, career and school life, etc. No one can force you, just like you can’t force anyone else to change. We all decide for ourselves.
Happy Monday! Have a great week. Here’s to a step in the right direction…..