The New Year is a time when everyone looks at their lives as a clean slate, a chance to start over or start fresh, an opportunity to better themselves and FINALLY reach those goals they’ve been wanting to reach.

The problem with New Year’s resolutions is that most of the time, we don’t follow through with our resolutions. We “go hard in the paint,” so to say; we are committed and driven for maybe two months, and then suddenly, without even realizing how we got there, we’re back to our old ways.

Whether it’s back to our ice cream before bed habit, our daily coffee stop, or not working up to our potential, we find ourselves back to what we were trying to change in the first place. Depending on each person’s motivation, at this point we either stay where we are and continue our bad habits, or we realize how much we need to change and make it happen.

When it comes to making your fitness or health New Year’s resolutions you must remember to make them realistic. You can’t expect yourself to work out every single day. If you don’t have 15 pounds to lose, you won’t lose them. Fitting into a size 2 is nearly impossible for anyone over the age of 18, so don’t even go there.

I’m not saying don’t set goals that will make you work hard. My point is to encourage you to make your goals achievable so you feel accomplished this time next year instead of defeated.

Something to ask yourself when making your fitness or health resolutions is: Why am I making this resolution? What is the main reasoning behind it? Do you feel like it’s finally time to start making a change instead of just talking about it? Are you sick of going on diets and telling yourself you need to lose 5 pounds before a certain event?

Why do you want to make this change and how are you going to make it happen? Go into the year with a game plan and be sure to execute it.

Pinterest is my best friend when it comes to looking for motivation, all you have to do is click on the “Health and Fitness” category and it gives you instant inspiration. Women with rock hard bodies, women doing awesome yoga poses, inspirational quotes, all there to help you stay on track and get back on the road to reaching your goals.

If your resolution is diet related, like you want to get your overeating under control, or want to start cooking your own food or want to eat clean, you have to educate yourself. If it’s a bad habit like overeating, you must find out what triggers you to overeat. Is it boredom, emotional, the right in front of you factor? Figure out what it is, put all your energy into overcoming it and crush that bad habit.

Next, educate yourself on the basics of cooking. Again, Pinterest is a perfect resource for this. Follow my Good Eats board and find some very simple and basic “clean” recipes. Find out what you like, and what you don’t. Find out how you can change your overall diet to help you achieve your goals and carry out that knowledge throughout the entire year. Pretty soon it will translate throughout your entire life. 

Whether 2016 was complete shit to you or if it was the shit, make 2017 even better. This could be your year of change, your year of success, your year to make a difference in someone else’s life. Whatever is the drive behind your resolutions, don’t lose it, keep it up and remember why you chose to change in the first place.

 

I’d love to hear your resolutions so please don’t hesitate to reach out to me and share them on Instagram or Facebook posts and use #annieboewantstoknow or tag me @annieboeonthego

My 2017 Resolutions:

-          Stronger and Leaner

-          12 months of challenges- every month I accept a new challenge(s) (subject to change)

o   January — No added sugars (December was a real bad month for me and sugar so I want to kick the year off back on track.)

o   February — Join a yoga studio, go at least twice a week and master “pigeon” pose

o   March — Volunteer at least twice & go snowshoeing

o   April — Run 30 miles, consistently 10 minute miles

o   May — Explore new hiking trails & maybe even go rock climbing

o   June — No alcohol & do a non-assisted pull-up

o   July — Make/prep all my own meals (no eating out at all)

o   August — No added sugars

o   September — Go on a camping/backpacking trip

o   October — Don’t buy anything new (food & hygiene not included)

o   November — Hold a 3-minute plank, do 15 consecutive and correct pushups

o   December — Make it home for Christmas

-          Become better at Budgeting

-          Get a J-O-B

-          Blog Growth

-          Break bad habits- overeating and biting nails