Sticking with your New Year’s goals

Are you a resolutioner? I hate New Year’s resolutions. Something about making resolutions just makes it hard to stick to. They’re notorious for being fails. GOALS though…I love me some New Year’s goals! I love all goals actually. I also love Mondays, new months, fresh starts…what better fresh start is there than a New YEAR?  While I’m on the goal setting high I wanted to go over some ways that you can stick with your New Year’s goals and make the best out of your 2017.

Stick with your New Year's goals!

Sticking with New Year’s Goals:

  1. WRITE THEM DOWN.  This is so big. You can think all day about what you want to do but until you take pen to paper and write it down it doesn’t mean as much. Write your goals down. Use a planner, use post its, make a poster! Hang it up and show them off. Keep your goals somewhere where you will see them every day. Don’t lose them. Don’t forget them. Keep reminding yourself what you are working toward.
  2. TELL PEOPLE! Take writing them down one step further and tell people your goals! Grab a buddy to keep you accountable. Joint the FitFriends community! Blog about your goals. Tell your friends and family. The more people that know, the more willing you’ll be to work for them.
  3. BREAK THEM DOWN. Once you come up with your goals, break them down. Come up with smaller, short term goals that will ultimately help you reach the big ones. 
  4. START SMALL. Small changes a little at a time that you build on will make sticking with the goals more likely to happen. If you go big all at once it’s easy to get overwhelmed and give up. A lot of little changes add up to BIG change!
  5. TRACK PROGRESS. Keeping track of your progress will help you stay motivated. Looking back at where you started and how far you’ve come will keep you in the game!
  6. HAVE PATIENCE. Keep working. The changes will come if you work for them. It wont happen over night but it will happen. Don’t give up.
  7. HAVE FUN! Find new and exciting ways to meet your New Year’s goals. The less it feels like work the more you’ll want to do it! Find something that makes you want to get up each morning and work for it.

Finding Your ‘Why’ and Setting Goals

Hey y’all. Today we’re stepping back from workouts and food and all that. Right back to the very basics. Something you should do first before anything else. This will help you set your goals and keep you working for them.

Finding your ‘why’. That’s what we’re doing today. So, grab a pen and paper and write down WHY you are coming to these fitness blogs. Do you want to lose weight? Eat better? Be healthier? Got that?

Good! Now, break that down. WHY do you want to do that? Is there an event coming up, an outfit you want to get back into, or do you just want to be the best version of yourself that you can be? Maybe you want to set an example for your kids or just do all you can to be around as long as you can. Whatever the reason, write it down.

Setting SMART goals -

Have you heard the term SMART goals before? It’s a pretty genius (or smart, haha) tool to use when you’re setting goals. Goal themselves can be overwhelming if you throw yourself head first into something too widespread. Creating SMART goals helps you break it all down into something you can work toward and finish!

SMART goals must be –

  • Specific – Think back to your why. Now that you know what you want and why you want it be specific with your goal setting. Don’t just write ‘lose weight’…break it into what you want, how long it will take you, and what you’ll do to get there. Example – I want to lose 1-2 lbs a week by moving my body for 3o minutes, 5 days a week.
  • Measurable – To make a measurable goal you must have a starting point and a way to track your progress, like a number. Whether its body fat %, inches lost, or weight lost. Know where you’re starting and find somewhere to start and how to assess your progress. Or maybe instead of just ‘eating better’ you want to keep your calorie intake between 1600-1800 a day.
  • Attainable – This one is important. Don’t set a goal you can’t reach. Whether it’s going to the gym every day when you really don’t have time for it, or running every day when you’re physically unable to achieve it. Set goals you can accomplish, but aren’t too easy. Push yourself!
  • Realistic – To be realistic you must be both willing and able to work toward your goal. Think about what the conditions have to be for you to reach your goal. Setting unrealistic goals can lead to frustration and giving up when they aren’t completed.
  • Timely – Give yourself a deadline! Choose a timeframe that is realistic for your goals. Set small goals that you can accomplish sooner as well as larger, long-term goals but keep them realistic.

Now that you’ve got your goals laid out, give yourself a deadline. Or maybe multiple deadlines. Start with your smaller goals and work further into the future.

Next, what resources do you need achieve those goals? Time, money, knowledge, coaching?  And what do you need to do each day to make progress? Think about anything that might get in the way of those goals and be ready to overcome them. You should also be regularly going back to your goal list and seeing where you are. Are you progressing? If not, what variables need to change to get you on the right track?

Now that you’ve created some goals and figured out your game plan, now all that’s left is to take action! So get out there, do you, and crush those goals.

Sunday is for Planning

Things around here have been busy lately. By lately I mean the last few months! Summer was crazy and I was counting down the days until school started again and I could find some kind of normal routine. There was definitely a huge build up to that Monday of the first full week of school. It would be THE day! The day I start running (Princess Half Marathon training!), the day I get back in the gym after a summer of less than regular workouts, the day I attack this blog and my NASM studying, the day I keep my house clean and stay on top of laundry, the day I get back on track with eating clean…or at least cleaner…

And you know, for the most part, I’ve done ok. Although it’s only been 2 weeks, haha! I think the biggest thing that is keeping me somewhat on track has been taking a day to plan out everything I want to do. Whether or not I get it all done is another story…but the plan is there and it definitely guides me in the right direction.

Sunday is for Planning - Weekly plans and goals ,

Until last summer I’ve never been a great planner. I decided to splurge on an Erin Condren Life Planner and I think that price tag really kept me motivated to actually USE the thing! I may not be a super organized person but I can not stress enough how important planning is in reaching your goals, be it fitness related or not. PLAN those workouts, chores, meals. Knowing ahead of time what you have to look forward to and treating them like any other job or appointment you need to keep will help you stick with it all. PLAN your days and do your best to follow through with it.

Today’s planning has me reevaluating and revamping some of my goals. I’ve been enjoying my full free days (yay for 2 kids in full day school now!) a little too much and it’s time to step back and figure out where my time could be better spent this week.  Here’s what I will be doing:

  • Finish the nutrition section of the NASM book. Watch presentations, study flash cards, do activities.
  • Use fitness/meal tracker. I bought the Erin Condren Wellness journal. It’s very similar to the Fitbook that I love so much but only $5 and the layout is just like the planner. Well, I haven’t been tracking my meals, only workouts. And I NEED to track my food. Clean eating is definitely my weakness.
  • Blog 3 times this week. Something else that keeps getting shoved to the back burner. I’m going to be more intentional with my blogs.
  • Add items to my Etsy shop. I’ve kept one listing up and if someone wants to order, ok. If not, even better. I have a million things going on and don’t have time to dedicate to a full time shop. Only I do have the time…it’s just being spent in less productive ways. This week I’ll step up my Etsy game a tiny bit and see what happens.

And of course add keep up with daily chores and don’t skip any workouts to the list. But that is every week.

So tell me, are you a planner? Do you want to be? What are some of your plans and goals that you want to get done this week? Leave a comment here or head over to Facebook to let met know!

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