Wow, so much has changed for me in the fitness realm this past year.
For those who are long-time readers of my blog, you may remember some of my more intense fitness resolutions from past years. I was always trying something new (which I certainly don’t regret), but like most people, I struggled to stick with my goals for longer than a few months. I believe it’s because I was excited about the goals, but not realistic about the level of commitment they required. So with that in mind, and taking into account all that I’ve learned about myself through motherhood, my goals this year are a bit different…
- Start at-home workouts Jan. 2, aiming for at least 3 workout days per week (initially). I have not been working out consistently ever since I went back to work in August. My pre-mom self would feel terrible about it. But I don’t. I do, however, miss the feeling of a really great workout (mostly weight lifting and sprinting), so I’d like to start with whatever I can make time for at home in January, and then slowly add additional workouts (like a quick visit to the gym for a run on the treadmill) in the subsequent months. I’m planning to do a mix of my own exercises and my favorites from Kayla’s BBG.
- Get a treadmill or run outside on weekends. One of the amazing things about going back to work is that I work for an incredible company (watch my recent TV interview here). Adobe offers so many perks and benefits, one of which is a $360 wellness credit each year. I usually spend it on massages, but I think this next year I’d like to put that money toward a treadmill we can keep in our garage. I’ve had this on my wish list for so long and always hoped we could get one once we moved. Do any of you have one? Was it a worth-while purchase?
- Go on more walks outside with Benjamin and Matt. Thinking a few months ahead on this one, but one of my favorite things to do this past summer was go on walks with Matt and Benjamin. I honestly get a little choked up thinking about it because Benji was so little and I was so new at this whole mom thing. It was such a special time. I’ll wait to start this when the weather warms up a bit, but I’m hoping we can discover some new favorite parks in our new neighborhood to visit regularly in the spring/summer.
- Juicing!!! I can’t wait to start juicing more regularly again. You guys, I have noticed a pattern that when I eat mostly processed foods lately I get sooo sick. Like, I’ll-spare-you-the-nasty-details kind of sick. But it’s so hard to stop eating crap because it’s filled with sugar that’s addicting. I strongly believe our bodies weren’t made to eat the crap that most of us eat (most of it isn’t even REAL food), but we’ve become so accustomed to it that it seems normal to us. And it’s ALL AROUND US, leaving most of us to wonder what the heck else we should be eating. Seriously, these 3 documentaries ignited my passion for eating REAL food and this is the most important goal for me in 2017. If I have to skimp on my workout goals to keep up with juicing, I will. That’s how important it is to me. I’ll be sharing more in future posts about the 5-day juice detox I did last May (that I’ll be doing again), favorite juicing recipes, etc., so stay tuned and let me know if you have any initial questions so I can plan ahead to answer them.
- Think only positive thoughts about myself each day. I expect this goal to be easy if I’m taking care of my body because our faith follows our actions. If I know I’m treating my body well and taking care of it, my mind will be clearer and I’ll have an easier time believing myself when I say, “I like myself.” Garbage in, garbage out. We have to fill our bodies and minds with good in order to expect good things to come from them.
I’m so excited to make these positive steps toward my health this next year.
I’d love to hear what you have planned so we can support each other! Are you starting a new workout routine (maybe BBG?)? Are you changing your diet? Spill all the deets. I want to know!
Hope you have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve!