2015 Improvements

New Year 2015

I don’t know about you but I hate setting a New Year’s Resolution!  I have always felt that we don’t need the end of the year to reflect on the past and make changes in the future because it can be done everyday.  However, I will indulge you with my thoughts on how I want to improve in 2015….

Saying Yes

Saying yes to things outside of your comfort zone can be scary and rewarding.  I’m going to take more chances in hopes for larger rewards.

Saying No

Saying no to things you don’t want to do just makes you unhappy.  Don’t get me wrong, there are obligations we don’t want to do but they are the right thing.  I’m going to say no to things and be ok with my decision.

Taking Care of my Body

Being a healthier person is important for our overall happiness.  I’m not perfect and put on a couple of pounds this Holiday Season but as long I am conscious of what I need to feel good that is ok for me.

Slowing Down and Being More Thoughtful

A few times this year I have been faced with many work challenges and changes.  In an effort to prove that I can handle it all, I had compromised my responsiblity to be strategic.  This year I will be slowing down, thinking clearly about the down stream effects and best solutions.

Cooking More

I am a good cook and rarely do it because it’s easier to just pick up food for one!  I am going to make a bigger effort to cook new things at a reasonable price and in a healthy way.

So, in my last post of the year, I encourage you to look back on the last year.  Applaud yourself fo your accomplishments, recognize your failures, pick yourself up and move into the new year in a positive way.  Who knows, changing ourselves could yield bigger changes around us.

Happy New Year to you!

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If You Fail to Plan, You Plan To Fail

If you’re starting out this year with a resolution to focus on a healthier you, my best tip is to set yourself up for success. Day in and day out we have our responsibilities like work and family but we forget that YOU are a priority too.  It takes effort to create the time to work out and eat healthy so here are some suggestions to keep you focused on your resolution…

Meal Prep

Preparing your meals in advance has its advantages.  Not only are you saving time during the busy week days, you are also setting yourself up to make healthier choices.  I have made the mistake of not eating several times a day.  My blood sugar drops and my brain immediately starts to think of sugary foods I need RIGHT NOW!  Fast food is the easiest go-to meal for the fix but it won’t sustain you until your next meal, your blood sugar will spike, not to mention it’s really bad for you.  If you have meals prepped to go in the morning to take to work then you don’t need fast food to hold you over.

Sundays is my meal prep day.  It’s a day to relax and stay at home which allows the opportunity to get all the ingredients you need, cook them, and portion everything out for the week.  You can find meal prep ideas on Pinterest and one site I like for healthy recipes is www.skinnytaste.com meal prep

Simply make your proteins (chicken, fish, turkey, etc) in big amounts as well as veggies and snacks.  Once they are all made, just portion them out in your favorite containers so you can grab and go in the morning.  I have also read about snack drawers for your fridge for you to grab pre-portioned veggies, humus and nuts.

What you’d find me cooking on a Sunday:  several chicken breasts, roasted veggies and sweet potatoes.  You can also cut up raw veggies for the week to prep salads as you go.

Fitness

At work you have a calendar of meetings, conference calls and tasks so why not schedule your workouts?  This will help you plan out your week, fit the workouts in when you can and serve as a reminder to take care of YOU!  Here is a schedule I put together for a friend…

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In real life, things come up and you can’t make a workout.  Don’t stress yourself out but find something you can do at home!  A lot of people do the P90X or T25 at home so carve out the time and make it work for you!

Goals

Goals are probably the most important piece of the whole plan.  By setting goals for yourself you have something to work towards.  Here are a few goal suggestions:

  • Workout a minimum of 3 days a week for 45-60 minutes
  • Prepare meals in advance and only eat out once a week as a cheat meal
  • Run a mile or 5K without stopping
  • Accomplish 20 pushups, 50 sit ups, etc

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By setting smaller goals for yourself that are attainable you will feel the accomplishment.  When I set weight goals for myself it’s self sabotage.  That doesn’t work for me but it may work for someone else so figure out what works for you.

Everything mentioned above is about trial and error.  It works for me to meal prep on Sundays but it may work better for you on Saturdays.  Find a workout you like otherwise you won’t do it.  Set goals that work for you and your schedule but challenge yourself!