A wise man by the name of Winston Churchill once said, “Success consists of going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm.” With the new year right around the corner I feel like this quote couldn’t be more accurate. The biggest failure you can make is losing enthusiasm! I’ve always struggled with balancing a healthy diet and exercise into my lifestyle. So many times I’ve set a goal and “failed”. I’ve tried different workout routines, diets, books…I’m STILL trying to figure out what works for me. In 2018 I set goals that were not realistic. Every other month was a different diet trend or fitness routine and nothing stuck. This year my New Year resolution is “small goals, big picture”.
Dieting… lord help us all.
A personal goal of mine has always been to find the BALANCE between, healthy eating and enjoying life. Eating a blueberry muffin at a local café, and not wanting to go burn off 600 calories right after… Now, typically what I would do is google the latest diet trend and give it a try. Vegan, Keto, Vegetarian, Whole 30, Single Ingredients… I’ve tried it all. What I’ve learned is that for the past 24 years I’ve built certain habits. When I’m sad I go for a sweet treat, when I’m bored I find something to snack on…every one has a trigger. What’s yours? Once you figure out your trigger, change the habit.
Small Goal, Big Picture: Dieting
My small goal, bigger picture for 2019 is to make strides towards a healthy lifestyle. I’ve decided that I’m going to start my day with one glass of water, cut out dairy, and save my sweet tooth for the weekends.
Exercising? I’d love to, but..
I spent hours looking at pictures of the body I wanted. I would google “best workouts for toned legs” “best workouts for cutting” “how many pushups should I do to tone my arms?” I’ve spent thousands of dollars on personal trainers, gym memberships, workout videos, etc.. I’ve learned that the best way to get results is consistency and that is something money can’t buy. Life happens, work happens, and it was unrealistic of me to say I wanted to go to the gym every day during the week. Notice how I did not say it is UNREALISTIC to go.. it is just unrealistic for me. So I need to change.
Small Goal, Big Picture: Working Out
In 2019 consistency is key. I tried to preplan the days I would go to the gym and it never worked. Things would occur that would keep me away from the gym and I always felt horrible for not going. In 2019 my goal is to never miss the gym more than 2 days in a row.
When planning for 2019…
When planning for 2019 keep in mind that resolutions don’t come to life over night. Everyone has a “bigger picture”…my bigger picture is to lose not just lose weight, but to keep the weight off, in order to do that I must create the correct habits. Creating the right habits can relate to all goals you have. Are you wanting to improve in the area of self-love? Do something once a month that solely focuses on yourself. Want to save more money? Reevaluate your budget and add a “self” section. Pay yourself once a month and put the money into a savings account. Want to improve exercising and dieting? Well, scroll back up. 2019 is yours for the taking. Forget the phrase “New year, new me”.. instead replace it with “New year, new habits.”