How to Have it All in 2018!

Happy-New-Year-2018As the New Year is swiftly approaching, the feeling of starting fresh is rampant. In the first few days of the new year, we have all the motivation to get us up and going. Some of us vow this will be the year that we will finally lose the weight, pay off debt, take that trip we always wanted to take, eat better,… Then there are others that are all too accustomed to breaking their resolutions before they even begin and find it simpler not make any resolutions and stay status quo and not change anything in their lives.

Sometimes the answer lies somewhere in the middle.

If you are motivated, go with it. Instead of calling them New Year’s resolutions, call them goals. Here are some tricks to make your goals stick all year round.

  1. Limit how many goals you pick: Some years I had a list of about 10 goals to achieve: stop eating crap, exercise every day, stop buying crap I don’t need, write daily in my journal, read a book a month, etc. By the end of week 2, I would definitely fail at one of those things. Instead, write down 3 goals for the year and mark your most important. Start with that one. Remember you can have it all just not all at the same time! HealthandFitnessGoals
  2. Make your goals achievable: This one is important because it will keep you motivated longer. For example, if you never exercise and now you want to workout everyday, that may not be feasible. Start off slow, maybe exercise 1 or 2 days per week the first week. Then continue until you feel you can fit in a third day, then a fourth and so forth. Also, no need to spend two hours at the gym, sometimes 30 minutes is all you need. If 30 minutes is too long, start with 10 minutes and build it up gradually.goal-quote goal without plan-1
  3. Break it down: In order to achieve your goal, just like any other big project, break it down into smaller tasks. For example, say you want to lose 20 pounds. It won’t happen overnight. In fact, a healthy way to lose the weight is to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week. Then, it’s important to calculate how many calories you have to burn per week in order to lose 1 or 2 pounds per week (click here to find out how). So if you do the math, it may take up to 4 or 5 months for you to lose 20 pounds in a healthy, non-depriving, bitchy way.
  4. Make it fun: You won’t always feel like it. In fact, most people abandon their goals after the first 2 weeks of starting. The trick is to keep going. Don’t expect motivation to always be present. Depend on discipline to get you through. Make it a habit, like brushing your teeth, then you will wonder how you got along without doing what you are now so used to doing.success-quote
  5. Review and reward: Once you break out your goal into achievable sub-goals, you can choose to reward yourself after achieving each sub-goal. For example, if you want to get stronger and do 100 push ups a day by the end of the year, reward yourself when you manage to do 25, then 50,… Rewards don’t have to be big or things, it can be as simple as putting a dollar in a jar for every workout or getting a spa day after losing your first 5 pounds. Also, review your goals every three months to see how much progress you made and whether you need to adjust them to make them harder or ease up a bit.Clear strategy and leadership solutions

And most importantly, enjoy the process. Learn as much as you can from the journey. You will be amazed how many new things you will learn along the process, the people you will meet and the new experiences you will discover.

Enjoy 2018 and share your goals below…

 

SEPTEMBER: TIME TO RESET YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

Anyone else feel like September is a new beginning, a fresh start?

Summer is winding down, the air is getting cooler, the light outside shines a spot on the fact that it’s time to get back to business. And by business I mean more discipline with our health and mindset goals. While Summertime is slacker heaven, Autumn is time to get workin’.

When I was in school, every year around this time, I used to get excited for all the new possibilities of the school year. I vowed to myself that I would study regularly and work on my assignments when the teacher would give them instead of the day before it was due. I looked forward to cracking open that new agenda with all those blank spaces and dates to be filled with new experiences.

Setting “Back to school” resolutions is a fun and practical way to keep you accountable without leaving you feeling guilty if you haven’t stuck with your New Year’s resolutions… This is like a second chance!

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Here are my 5 REASONS FOR SETTING “BACK TO SCHOOL” RESOLUTIONS:

  • NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO MAKE YOUR COMEBACK: September is a chance to start over and learn from the first half of the year. Think of the first half as a rehearsal or practice and now you are ready to tackle and crush your goals once and for all. Plan out the next 3 months. Since you have a smaller window of time, set goals that you feel you can achieve in that timeframe. It will only encourage you to keep going.

 

  • GET BACK IN THE GAME AND GO FOR THE WIN: If you had a health goal like losing weight, or eating healthy and have fallen off track, here is your chance to get back in the game. You know what they say: THE COMEBACK IS ALWAYS GREATER THAN THE SETBACK!

 

  • IT HELPS TO REEVALUATE YOUR PRIORITIES: Ok, so Summertime sent a curve ball in your healthy eating plans but now is the best time to get back to healthy eating habits. Plus, think of all the delicious veggies and flavors in season this time of year. Fall recipes are the ultimate comfort food, think warm butternut squash soups and apples and cinnamon… yummmm!

 

  • YOU WILL FEEL MORE IN CONTROL: Getting back in the game will make you feel like you have taken back control over your life. You are ready to crush those goals and not let the Summertime setback get in the way of your focus.

If you feel you need help getting back to your health goals, join my Challenge Group (Get your Badass Into Shape) starting August 27th, 2017. It’s a 30-day challenge group where you choose one of many Beachbody programs that you can stream from anywhere and get to chat and share your struggles, tips & advice, recipes, workout questions and wins with a group of like-minded individuals and ME as your coach, in a private Facebook group. If you are interested, all you have to do is enter your information below and I will contact you to give you more details. Looking forward to seeing you there!