Good thing I set Goals instead of fancy shmancy New Year’s Resolutions this year!

The snow is really coming down in Pennsylvania tonight! It is quite pretty.

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I attempted to start this New Year off on the right foot, but so far I have not been very successful this 2014! Luckily, I did not set my standards too high… 

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So clever I am that I set goals this year instead of resolutions!

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My car broke down last night and is still in the shop causing me to miss my 5:45 AM bootcamp this morning. And then my circuit class got cancelled tonight due to the snow storm.

While I did have a day of fitness planned, I can not complain because I did appreciate a relaxing evening at home in my pjs. Which was really enjoyable after all the holiday fun these past couple weeks! I finally had time to clean and rearrange my apartment (well just rotate my kitchen table 90 degrees, but that’s some fancy interior designing for me!), put away Christmas decorations, catch up on bloggin’ and eat enough chocolate to get a belly ache!

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While I didn’t start this year off as healthy as one would have hoped, I think taking time for yourself is also very important for your health! And I took care of my skin tonight with a nice, warm shower and my mom’s homemade body scrub, so all and all, I’d say that counts as being pretty darn healthy!

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On a serious note though, there is something exciting about the New Year and the hope for better things.

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But really, whether you want to start living a healthier life today, tomorrow, or last month, the key ingredient is YOU, not the time of year! That said, if this time of year motivates you, than by all means, capitalize on that!!

Here are a few helpful tips to help YOU reach whatever goal or lifestyle change you plan to make this year:

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1. Set SMART goals.  SMART = Specific. Measurable. Attainable. Realistic. Time-Bound

2. Write things down…what you did, how you felt, motivational quotes, things you learned, anything and everything that will help you to succeed!

3. Sign up for challenges, races, group events/ activities that will give you small goals to work towards and accomplish, along with the group motivation and accountability factor!

4. Find a mentor. Whether it be online, in the gym, or in your personal life, seek out someone you can ask questions, who you admire, who you can work out with.

5. Be honest with yourself. If you are not reaching your goal as fast as you had hoped, sit back and look at what you are doing. Is it too much, maybe your body needs a break, It is not enough, are you not sweating as much in the gym as you could be?

6. Be proud of yourself. Most things in life, and fitness, take time. Be patient. Don’t give up. Be proud of doing more today than you did yesterday.

7. Read, educate yourself, stay up to date with health information. 

8. Plan a head. Set a plan and stick to it! If you don’t plan ahead, you may not fail, but you are probably more likely too…  Prime example: The time I attempted a 90 mile bike ride

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9. Do something every day to get you one step closer to your goal. And if you miss a day, then don’t miss the next day!

10. And finally, JUST DO IT! Don’t over think it, stop doubting yourself, don’t be afraid, and just get out there and do it! :)

Thank you for reading my blog in 2013 and I look forward to a great 2014!

Cheers!

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10 thoughts on “Good thing I set Goals instead of fancy shmancy New Year’s Resolutions this year!

  1. Great tips! I like the “don’t over think it part.” I think so often we get so stuck in the planning and feeling like everything needs to be perfect to start that we never actually get going!

    • Indeed! Or for me, if I think too much about something I don’t want to do (like running far), I talk myself out of it! I am learning I need to just get dressed and go if I want to ever be a runner, haha

  2. That is hilarious! And very true – I think it is important on a day like this where stuff is not happening to fully embrace the ‘rest day’ … because otherwise you end up with a day where you neither rest nor get your goals accomplished!

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