New Year, New You? Only If You Keep Going!

Are you like millions of others who made a New Year’s Resolution to only find yourself a few weeks into the year and losing the motivation to keep going? You are not alone… As moms we often find a million excuses why we can’t do the things that will benefit us most. Starting a healthy lifestyle and maintaining it is often beyond our grasp. Let me encourage you and share a few ideas to help you reach your healthy living goals this year.

One year ago this month, I started my journey to a healthier me. I weighed 200.4 pounds on January 3, 2013. This January 3, 2014, I weigh significantly less at 148 pounds. It is certain that I would not have reached my goal without being focused and disciplined. No matter how many resolutions we make without discipline it is really is only an inspired wish. These four ideas helped me reach my goals and continue to help me live the healthy lifestyle I want.

Create a Theme for yourself. All super heroes have a theme song. Giving yourself a theme to live by can inspire you to stick to your plan when you are feeling discouraged and when you don’t feel like continuing with your plan. Last year my theme was “Team Fit Mommy”. I used this as my hashtag when I posted on Facebook and eventually it became who I am. That theme also reminded me that eating right and exercising was not all about me but it was about my family, “My Team”! So when I did not feel like going to the gym or I wanted to eat something not on my plan I was able to refocus and stay on track. My theme for this year is “Eat Clean, Train Mean, Get Lean in 2014”. My theme song for the year is “Stronger” by Mandisa.

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Develop a Plan. When you are trying to transform your life it will not happen by accident. You have to be intentional about what you want to accomplish. It is also important to be realistic about what you can accomplish in that time frame. It may help to develop a “vision board”. (A visual representation of what you want to accomplish) Some people cut out magazine picture and post them on a bulletin board or poster board. I like to use Pinterest because it allows me to carry my vision with me on my phone wherever I go.

Find an Accountability Partner. Having someone who will say to you “you’re doing great” or ” you know you can do better” is important. You may not want this person to be one of your closest friends or family members but you want it to be someone you are comfortable enough with to share your desires and know that they will respond with a helpful and considerate response. I was blessed that my husband was on board with my goals and he was able to support me in my journey. However, I also made myself accountable by starting a blog and posting my progress on Facebook. I also joined a few support groups and started to follow a few health and fitness pages on Facebook.

Be Consistent. This is often easier said than done. Life can always seem to get in the way of this. Between work life, home life and everything else that pulls us in a million directions each day, staying on track with your fitness plan can be the least of your concerns. However, if you think about you are already being consistent , why not refocus that energy to consistently accomplishing your goals. If you want to live a healthier lifestyle you are going to have to eat better, get moving, and do it on a regular basis. You have to make the commitment real by executing your plan on a daily basis. Everything in life that is valuable takes time to develop.

Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” -Earl Nightingale

Seventy percent of people that start a fitness plan quit. You don’t have to be one of them. What are your healthy lifestyle goals for 2014? Leave a comment and share your plans. Have a Happy New Year and Be Fit and Have Fun!

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