The year is now 2016! Can you believe that? Aside from the fact that I officially feel old as dirt now that I am over 10 years graduated from high school, and I’m also officially in the year that I turn 30, I’m pretty excited about this year! There is something about January 1 that literally brings life to me every single time! I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s the calendar literally starting over again that makes me feel as though I have some sort of fresh start. Anyway, that may all sound silly but I like to have an “official” fresh start every now and then.
I can see all over social media that the *New Year’s Resolutions* are now in full swing. You know what, I think it’s great. People make fun of other people for making them, but I think everyone needs some kind of goal. If it takes the calendar rolling over to January 1 to force people to set their sights high, let it happen all day long! Like I have mentioned in the past, I set a fitness goal for myself my sophomore year in high school and have stuck with it ever since then. Needless to say, I have pretty much been a fitness junkie the majority of my life. Because being healthy has been such a big part of my life and I have personally witnessed the benefits of it, I would love nothing more than to see the entire human population change their own lives around! If more people were healthy, I truly believe the world would be a better place…TRULY!
With all of that being said, if you’re new year’s resolution involved becoming a healthier individual, try allowing these simple tips below guide you along the way.
1. IT’S NOT ABOUT SEEING HOW “SKINNY” YOU CAN GET
- The only thing worse that letting yourself completely go by eating and drinking everything without exercising is doing the opposite – starving yourself to look like the photoshopped version of that Victoria’s Secret model in your catalog on your kitchen counter. If you have seen what anorexia leads to, you know it’s not pretty. Anorexia leads to hair loss, organ failure, and the list goes on. I had to learn a long time ago that my body is not ever going to be exactly like everyone else’s. There are people out there that will have narrower shoulders than you, a smaller waist, a thigh gap and they eat like a horse! It’s genetics! This is just one of those things that we women get caught up in and it does nothing but bring disappointment.
- It’s not about seeing how skinny you can get. That is an unhealthy mindset to have. It is about being the healthiest you can be *in your own skin*. God made you GORGEOUS in your own way and he made you just the way he wanted you to be. Take that into consideration when you start to freak out that your waist isn’t 23″ around, but your best friend’s is.
2. DON’T GO ON A “DIET”. THEY DON’T WORK.
- I despise the word “diet” more than anything in the world. Why? Because they don’t work. You can say, “well it worked for me” all you want, but did you eventually go on another “diet” within a few years after your first one? Once you hit your goal, which by the way most likely revolved around #1 on my list, did you gain 5 pounds or more within the year and a half following your diet? Yeah, see, diets aren’t how you change your lifestyle, they get you “skinny” quick. You end up gaining it back (usually pretty easily) and have to put yourself back on another one to lose the extra fat you packed on from your diet. Do you know someone like this? I know a few. Perpetual dieters that fluctuate their entire lives with their weight.
- Instead of trying a diet where you cut out carbs or whatever it is that you cut out, try to exhibit self-control. A well-balanced diet is always healthiest. Well-balanced means a little of each food group. It is even OK to eat junk food occasionally! I’ll go ahead and tell you because I’m not ashamed. I am 5’7-5’8 and 120 lbs. I have been between 118-122 literally since high school. The only time I was heavier was when I was pregnant with my 2 year old. I actually have to try to stay above 120 lbs because anything less is considered “underweight” for a girl my height. Do I diet? Heck no! I eat pretty much everything. I try to cook healthy, but I also allow myself burgers, fries, ice cream, pizza, and Mexican food on a weekly basis. I try not to eat bad every meal, but you can bet your bottom dollar I have at least one “cheat” food every day. It’s not genetics either. There was a point in my life before I started working out that I would average about 125 -128 lbs. Incorporating a fitness routine and healthier food options into my life helped me get to be the healthiest I can be.
- I’m sorry, but you gotta do it! If you don’t incorporate some sort of fitness routine into your life, you will never be the healthiest you can be. Exercise helps you feel better about yourself! People that workout are happier, they have better cholesterol, blood pressure, BMI… ya’ll the list goes on.
- If you like working out with other people, try a group class! There are endless classes out there that will knock you into shape. If you enjoy working out with other people I would go this route instead of just hitting the gym with a friend because most likely you and your friend won’t get too much done without some guidance.
- Try a Beachbody fitness program! Yes, I am a Beachbody coach! Somehow, I still have friends and family members that don’t realize this. Beats me! Beachbody fitness programs have literally allowed me to transform my body into exactly what I wanted. Not to mention, they are fun! There is even a program for pregnant women that is amazing! If you are interested in trying a program, ask me anything you want about them because I have dabbed a little in each of them.
- Like I said, just do something. 15 minutes of walking is better than sitting on your couch being a couch potato!
- This is huge! Don’t stay up any later than you have to. Just don’t do that to your body. You need your 8 hours of sleep. Your BODY needs it. People that go to bed at a decent hour and get 8 hours of sleep are most definitely healthier and happier. If this is something that you have trouble with, do everything in your power to change it!
5. INCLUDE TIME FOR YOUR FAMILY
- Make time out of your day for God and for your family. Your family is there to support you. Don’t be so busy that you forget to include them. When you are home, BE WITH your husband or wife and your kids. Get off of your phone. I have had to tell myself that lately which is why I haven’t posted as much. Your family is there for you when nobody else will be. Love them.
I hope you enjoyed this post and most importantly, I hope that 2016 blesses you with endless JOY!