I feel like everyone ditched the New Year resolutions this year and opted for the oh so trendy “Word for the Year”. Heck even my second grader had an assignment on his word for the year. Is it funny that he chose “healthy?” I swear, kids are for sure a reflection of us.
As much as I’d like to tell you that my word is also healthy, it’s not. After taking a step back at the mess that the last quarter of the year was for me on a personal level, I decided that my word is REST. I realized that my lack of a good night sleep, aka rest, was what was making my brain so foggy. Resulting in me being all over the place and trying to unsuccessfully do it all at once. And by unsuccessfully I mean stretching myself so thin that my body started to manifest it’s exhaustion in ways I am not necessarily fond of.
By the end of December I became so busy and overwhelmed that I started to eat whatever was sitting in front of me and seemed like the easiest and fastest option. I completely abandoned my healthy eating habits and traded them for the worst diet I’ve had in honestly like 6 years! ugh! Why do we do this to ourselves.
I know what you’re going to say. I look great, I’m skinny, blah blah blah. And it’s true, I do look great despite my bad eating choices and lack of sleep. But, I could look better. No let me rephrase that, I could FEEL better!
See looking a certain way is not what it’s all about. But more about the way we feel. I for one am a very busy mom of two boys. I am on the go both physically and mentally every day of my life. I need to make sure that my body has the energy it needs to keep up with the demands of motherhood. Looking good is just an added bonus that in turn gives us a confidence that believe it or not, makes us even more willing to continue making better choices for ourselves and our health.
And like I said, kids are a reflection of all we do. So why not teach them to live a healthy lifestyle by being their example. It all starts at home y’all.
I also completely neglected self care by going to sleep at unconventional and unhealthy hours. Y’all, I was up either working or catching up on Netflix at sometimes 2am in the morning! No bueno! But, I am only human and am giving myself some grace. After all, it is never too late to revaluate and make changes. Realistic Changes.
So no, I did not set unrealistic goals like “work out 5 times a week” or ” quit eating sweets cold turkey”. Instead I am making better choices on a daily basis. Choices like, putting all electronic devices away by 9:30pm. Stop working completely for an entire hour and cook myself something healthy for lunch rather than reaching for crackers or chips. Have quiet time before I reach for my phone every morning. It’s the only way I can actually follow through and make a change in the way I feel physically, mentally and spiritually.
While I am not working out 5 times a week, I am going to start the BBG program once again. I do it three times a week and it’s a program that works for me. It’s actually #1 of my list of 5 realistic fitness goals for the year.
5 Realistic Fitness Goals to make a positive change in your health this year.
- Try a new at home workout routine – Last year I started Kayla Itsines BBG program in the comfort of my home. I did it for 12 weeks straight and the results were great! It’s easy to follow and it’s only 28 minutes of your day. Totally doable girl.
- Go for a run at least twice a week – whether it’s on the treadmill or outdoors, going for a run is such a great way to not only clear your mind, but also stretch your legs, get your blood flowing and make your heart stronger. Morning runs are the best!
- Stretch for 30 minutes – No wrong way to do this. Heck you can even pull out your mat and lay it out in front of the TV while you catch up on you favorite Netflix series. The point is to stretch those limbs! Plant to do this at least twice a week.
- Go to the mall – Yes, you read that correctly. Going to the mall to just browse usually adds up at least 3,000 extra steps to my day. Talk about winning at fitness without even making git feel like a task.
- Build your strength – You don’t have to lift weights to get stronger. Try walking to the mailbox instead of driving. Play outside with your kids, go on bike rides. There’s s many things we can do to keep our bodies moving and build strength.
One last note, remember that it is very easy to say we don’t have time to work out. But keep this in mind, those 30 minutes or hour you just spent scrolling through your Instagram feed could’ve been used to try one of my 5 realistic fitness goals 😉 Now go, get up and do it. You got this girl!
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