Focus on You by Angelina Deering
This month is the first month of 2016, a brand new year to accomplish brand new things. I find comfort in knowing that I have 366 days (thank you leap year for that extra day!) this year to accomplish what I couldn’t in 2015. The New Year marks a clean slate where I can start over and leave all my defeats and failures behind. I can now say, that as of right now, I’ve had my healthiest year yet 😉 I plan to keep it that way. Now, if you’re like me, you’ve said this many times before. “My New Year’s resolution is to lose weight” “This year I’ll look SOOO good in a bikini” Sound familiar? So what makes this year any different you ask? Well, I’ll tell you. This is the year that you are going to make a brand new resolution. This year you aren’t going to focus on your weight, the extra padding you have, or even being out of shape…. Those things are not what makes you, you. So this year, I want you to make a resolution to focus on YOU as a person. Focus on being physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually healthy. Focus on self love and doing what you are able to do and being PROUD of yourself, for even the smallest of accomplishments. In order to succeed make small attainable goals. Of course you will keep your long-term goals in mind, but it’s not realistic to say I’m going to lose 20 lbs by February, right? So I ‘m going to start small. I’m going to eat more vegetables this week. Then next week, I’m going to go for a walk at least 3 times that week. Then the next week, I’m going to increase my speed on the treadmill. See where I’m going? No one starts out as a marathon runner, so you shouldn’t feel like you have to. Don’t go to the gym thinking “Oh look how fast the girl next to me is running, I should be running that fast too” Yes, you can use that girl as motivation or even tell her she’s doing a great job (to share the motivation) but remember your resolution to FOCUS ON YOU. Focus on being better than YOU were yesterday.
Here are a few tips from some of my fitness role models, the Tone It Up girls, Karena & Katrina:
Here are our 4 Rs for making your Resolutions long-term goals & life-long habits:
– Realistic. If you’ve never run a block n your life, you may not want to resolve to compete in the 2016 Ironman Triathlon. Not to say such things can’t be done, but lofty goals are more likely to be left in the dust. Set challenging goals, but not ones aimed so daunting that you’ll feel overwhelmed & defeated before you can even see results/improvements.
– Reflect. Take some time to think about 2015… what are some areas you would like to improve? What are some things you wanted in 2015 that you weren’t able to do or achieve? Quick, write them down!
– Research. Now that you’ve decided what you want to improve, achieve or do, do some research to find out how to go about tackling each item on your list. You’ll be able to plan out your steps, strategize & get a head start on the new year!
– Relax. Everyone is their own worst critic & stressor… be easy on yourself! No one changes overnight. Goals are set because they take time & effort. We highly recommend practicing meditation and yoga on a regular basis in 2016 to ease stress & clear your head of pressures for a more empowered you that can do anything!Here’s to setting & REACHING goals in 2016!
If you need help writing Goals, creating a vision, and getting started: e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org attn: Angelina for information on upcoming workshops!