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Monday, January 18, 2016


So if you read yesterday's post you'll know that I've been under the weather for the past few days. That means I haven't been to the gym and wasn't able to film with Matt this weekend, but I didn't want to leave you hanging on the fitness front! It's easy to let things get in your way and lose focus on why you're trying to get fit. Maybe you aren't seeing results as quickly as you'd like, or fitting it in your schedule isn't working, or maybe like me you've been sick and you're having a hard time getting back on track. Don't lose sight of why you made your New Year's resolution! 

There are all kinds of ways to inspire you to work out, but I hate the idea of buying something, hanging it on your wall and looking at it every day to inspire you. Truth be told I actually used to give this advice, but a few years later I only see how detrimental that can be. Not only are you out the cash for a dress, a pair of shorts, or a bathing suit that you can't wear, but if you don't reach your goals you're just going to end up extra discouraged. So in the same thought process, pick out something that you've wanted for awhile, write it down or pin it on Pinterest. Then when you reach your goal you go out and treat yourself! This way you actually have to achieve your goal to get your prize!! It's a two for one! My treat is a new bikini, either Kiini or Triangl!

Keeping a fitness journal is a great way to keep your goals clear and track your progress. On the first page write down your fitness goals and what you want to achieve. Then write down something inspirational at the top of every page in advance. This is a great list to find ideas! Reading something productive in the morning will help remind you why you started out on this journey. Throughout the day write down your nutrition, what activity you did, and how much water you drank. At the end of the day sit and write down how you felt. Did that workout kill you? Were you starving by 2 PM? How was that sugar withdrawal headache? It might seem silly, but putting these things on paper will let you look back at what's working and what isn't. It might even provide you with a few giggles. 

Every fitness magazine says this, but it actually works. Buy matching tanks or keep track of each other using an app/fitness bracelet. Having someone to keep you accountable is a huge help! Plus, turning the gym into a social setting and a night to hang out with your best gal makes going to the gym fun and not a chore. You'll have a built in spotter, you'll have someone to push you harder, and someone to pick you up when you're down. I go to spin class every Monday night with a friend and it's great! Plan to run a 5K or do a tough mudder with your friends. You'll have an end goal and a built in support group! 

You can read all the fitness magazines you want and listen to that girl at work tell you all about how amazing joining her Zumba class would be, but you will never stick to a fitness routine if you don't find what you love. Do some research about the different programs in your area. This year I want to try a barre class and maybe give swimming laps a try. Over the years I've always been active and I've found that I love running and I love playing basketball (I'm actually on a team!). I've recently found that I like spin classes, but I hate yoga and anything dance related. Stick with what you like and don't let other people convince you that one workout is the only way to be healthy! Find your favorite exercise program and stick to it! 

Spread some sunlight today! 

Love you lots, 

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