New Year, New Healthy You – Tips for Success!

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I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! Now, it’s time for New Years.  Oh and those New Years resolutions are definitely going to hog up your emotions for the first 30ish days, until you realize that the guy sitting across from you (or the girl) at your Valentine’s Day dinner date loves you for who you are.  A couple that stays fit together, stays together.  Don’t pass this read up!

So as you all have probably realized, I am a huge fan of generating lists.  Lists come in handy throughout my personal life, insomuch that I have always had to keep a planner of some sort and if I don’t have my planner on me, you can betcha that my Notes section on my iPhone is getting a pretty strenuous workout.

It is so easy to tell all of your friends on Facebook or Twitter how you are going to be a “New You in 2014”, but how easy is it to stick with your resolution… for life (and to continue progressing)? I am not going to lie, it is difficult to make a lifestyle change – but anything worth having never comes easy.  This isn’t an exception.  You are going to want to give up.  You are going to want to snack on cookies instead of fruit.  You are going to make excuses about meeting up with your friend for a fitness class.  You are going to get comfortable.  This is all fine and dandy, just don’t let THAT become a lifestyle.

Here are a few ways to keep you excited and living a healthy lifestyle starting in 2014, and lasting to infinity and beyond. P.S. I love Toy Story.

1) Tell a couple of your closest friends what your plan is, you are going to need to be held accountable.  The naggier the friends, the better (in this case). There is power in numbers.

2) Register for a fitness bootcamp.  Groupon and Livingsocial are two of the best places to find discounted classes/bootcamps.  Nothing is more of a motivation than to know that if you don’t show up to these classes, you just wasted money.

3) Give yourself a short term goal.  For instance, I tell myself that I cannot purchase a new blouse or workout shirt unless I hit the gym or run at least 4 times a week.  I love shopping, so this keeps me in line! No-one is perfect.. let’s just say that two weeks ago, I didn’t purchase any new pieces of wardrobe for me.  Oops!

4) If you are in a relationship or just dating, why not make the gym a date night? Sure you’re going to sweat, but hey make fitness and living a healthier life one of the foundations for your relationship. I enjoy going to the gym with the mister that I am dating.  He goes to the gym on his own, but when we have a chance – we go together.  There have been times when I don’t want to finish my pull-ups, but he’s there motivating me.  I end up finishing my reps! If you are reading, THANKYOU!

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5) If you don’t want to hit the gym with your significant other quite yet, there are still many other ways to stay in shape together.  Go for a hike, take a walk down a historical part of your city/town, and bike-riding makes for a cute date, yet it keeps you away from vegging out at his/her apartment with a Redbox and loads of snackage.

6) There are days when i don’t feel like working out and when that happens.. I go straight to Pinterest and search for workout quotes. For you guys that don’t Pinterest, I’d open up YouTube and start searching for motivational videos.  This helps me SO SO SO much.  After a few minutes of reading motivational quotes, I am pumped up to get my sweat on!

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7) Surround yourself with people who are like-minded.  Don’t throw the duece to your friends who don’t have a desire to workout, but most definitely connect with a few people that share your interests.  You will need someone that is aiming for the same goal so he/she can be excited with you, and you for them.  Positive Peer Pressure people! Meetup.com always has a ton of groups for fitness lovers of all ages and levels!

8) This is going to somewhat piggyback off of Number 7… but, recruit a friend to start this journey with you.  When I first started working out I had a workout buddy, and looking back it absolutely helped me stay motivated to hit the gym. Make it a habit not to cancel on your gym buddy, and you’ll be a New You in no time!

9) Set a workout background on your phone.  If you need that quick motivation, but don’t have time to Pinterest because you’re at work – take a glance at your phone and voila INSTANT fitness motivation! If you lovebugs don’t want to switch your background from your girl/guy, then I would suggest setting an alarm for your drive home from work – “Don’t miss your sweat session today!!”.  One alarm never works for me, so I have four set. 😉

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10) Eat that Oreo cookie, piece of cake, slice of pizza, etc.  Satisfy your cravings, and don’t beat yourself over the head for it.  Don’t throw your clean eating out of the window, but allow your body one cheat day a week, and maybe have a pastry/coke once a week.  That is exactly how I started, and now January 9th, 2014 I will have completed ONE year without having soda!! …..I can’t wait to have a sip of Pepsi, mmmm!

11) Buy up-beat music on Itumes, purchase a good pair of earphones and put in work! Here is a snapshot of a few of my workout songs.

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12) Do it for YOU.  Do it to be healthier for YOU, to look lean, to feel better – do whatever you are setting your goal at for YOU.  There are going to be moments when you may not have anyone willing to go out for a run, workout or even eat clean with, this is when it is all going to depend on YOU and YOUR self motivation.  This is the time for all you stubborn people (like myself) to get some added practice in.

These are things that I put into practice when I first started working out, and continue to live by daily! It is definitely a process, but living a healthy lifestyle feels so good! The best payoff (for me anyway) is knowing that I have impacted friends of mine to engage in running or workout out.  You can absolutely do the same.  Start with you, and share the love!

How did y’all stay motivated in 2013? Let me know in the comments below, I am always in needed of any and all motivation!

I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year! May you all be blessed – emotionally, physically, mentally and financially. 

-Elizabeth