Skip The Resolution


40-45% of adult Americans make New Years resolutions every year.

The most popular resolution is to lose weight, and only 46% of people last more than six months.

In the month of January, gym memberships sky rocket and by the time December rolls around again the gym is a bleak and quiet place once again. As a culture, how do we stick to our goals and not continue to fail at our resolutions year after year?

Let’s make our goals as specific and realistic as possible. If your overarching goal is to lose weight, what is a more specific, simple, step to reaching that goal that you can start out the year with? Let’s say it is committing to one 30 min workout a week. This is much more realistic than saying, “I will work out every day until I hit my goal weight.” We are treating this year like a marathon not a sprint.

Once you have gone a whole month getting in your workouts you are going to have seen some small results and feel confident and motivated to move on to the next step in your journey. As opposed to making unrealistic claims, not being able to achieve them and feeling guilty and useless. This will probably lead to giving up before the journey really began.

Stop focusing on the weight and start focusing on being healthy. When I started my journey, I lost a bunch of weight and gained it all back, but in muscle. If I were still focused on my number I would probably be making unhealthy choices to get it off. Instead of a resolution which states,”I will lose 60lbs this year.” How about one that says,” over the course of this year I will change 5 unhealthy habits”. By focusing on the habits, the weight will fall of naturally and you will be more likely to be in a healthy state of mind.

Do some research before you make a commitment to anything. Get educated on good nutrition and workout habits. You will get better results from the quality of your new choices, not the quantity.

If you only take one thing from this ramble, think health first and numbers second.


Move More


IMG_0674I am on a major journey with fitness. I am the first to admit that I fall of the wagon probably even more than what is normal. Excuses run rampant and all of the sudden I am on the couch with a bag of candy 5 lbs heavier and feeling like dirt. How does this keep happening to me?!

I am proud to say that for the last month this is not the case. Sure I have my days where the couch is home instead of the gym, but it is good for my body to take days off. Every week I make it to the gym at least a couple of times and do yoga nearly every day. How am I finally maintaining this healthy habit and staying on the wagon?

1. I make it easy for myself. I pack my gym bag in the morning and bring it to work. I find that if I go home before a workout I probably won’t make it there. My gym is on my way home from work so I can’t use the excuse that it is far away. If I am tired, I only work out for 30 mins, but hey at least I went.

2. I surround myself with motivation. I have a Fitbit(highly recommended) which motivates me. I workout with my boyfriend for motivation. I keep a fitness journal so that I can see my progress.

3. I eat healthy. Eating healthy is a great motivator for working out and vice versa. If you focus on one of these habits the other will follow suit.

4. I made the choice. I am CHOOSING to make this a priority. I am CHOOSING to focus a lot of my energy on making it happen. It is a conscious decision that I make every single day. No more excuses. I want this to be my lifestyle and so I am CHOOSING to make it happen.

5. I am loving the journey. This is the most important part of my whole health pursuit. I have realized there is NO END. This is a lifestyle choice. It is not a matter of working really hard to feel a certain way and then stopping when I get there. If I stop I lose everything I gained. This is a lifelong journey and I am loving all of the ups and downs it has to offer. There will always be someone stronger, skinnier, healthier. I now compete only with myself. This is my journey and I am learning to love it.