It’s still January…the month of resolutions, goals and hope. Maybe you set some for yourself this year? I spent some time reflecting on my goals last night which prompted this post.
Over the past months I’ve learned a few things after losing 36 pounds of baby weight and then a few extra pounds (unfortunately mostly muscle). Combine that with being a runner for almost 18 years and I have some ideas to share.
None of these ideas are new, but they are the foundation of transforming yourself. Sometimes we ignore the common sense suggestions looking for an easy fix, but there really just isn’t one. Setting goals is a great start, but it is so much harder than a sentence on paper or in your mind.
Rather than cheer you on I’m going to say what may be unpopular and what no one wants to hear, but is true. The past 9 months and 39 pounds are evidence of these statements.
1) You can do this…maybe. Whatever your goals are you can find success, but it will be challenging and take sacrifice. If you can’t or won’t accept this, then you’re not likely to achieve your goal(s).
2) Body transformations take time. If it came off really fast, then you can probably gain it back equally fast. Instead go for slower but steady improvements that you achieve by changing habits that you can make your lifestyle not a fad.
3) Exercise is amazing for your mind and body! Stressed? Anxious? Depressed? Exercise can help with all of these things and help your body transform into a stronger and leaner you. You’ll like what you see in the mirror more, feel more energetic and happy, and be more confident.
4) Abs are made in the kitchen. I know people hate this saying, but it’s true. I’ve only averaged working out a couple of times a week since 4.5 months post-partum (5+ times before that when I wasn’t working), but I have eaten a dairy free and mostly healthy diet. I’m always conscience of what I put in my body and really believe food is fuel and you are what you eat (or feel like what you eat).
As much as I’ve never wanted to admit the level of impact diet has on results, going dairy free for my son (imagine no cheese, no pizza, no ice cream, no milk chocolate, very few packaged foods-most have dairy), has proven to me that it is significant.
I have to attribute most of my weight loss in the past 4.5 months to what foods I do and don’t put in my body. I knew I had limited time and was struggling to workout as much as I wanted to, so I really focused on food choices instead of just giving up on myself. The impact has shocked me into really believing abs are made in the kitchen.
5) Making mistakes is part of the goal and body transformation process, but getting back on track ASAP is a must. You can still find success when you work to overcome your setbacks.
7) Everyday you have an opportunity to be a healthy role model to the little people in your life. What do you want them to learn by watching you? Healthy eating habits? Perseverance? Hard work? Determination? Pride in achieving goals? Overcoming setbacks? The list goes on!
8) To experience maximum success and feel your best you need to combine a healthy diet AND exercise, and make goals for yourself in both areas. I did not say execute both perfectly. Even the smallest steps in a positive direction in these areas will benefit you. In my experience, exercising makes you want to eat better and eating better encourages exercising. When one is missing from your life both seem to suffer.
Goal or no goal it is never too late to invest in your physical and mental health and start making positive habits. It is never too late or a waste of time to take care of the only body you get. You will be so glad you did. Make an investment in you!
I did and do! I’m still working on my goals, but subscribe to the above eight everyday! No magic tricks, not just luck, no easy fix-just hard work and determination in the above eight statements.
Let’s rock those 2016 goals!