In January, there’s a lot of hype about New Year’s resolutions around health and wellness. As much as I’m all for enthusiasm, I’m also about sustainability. Sometimes life doesn’t coordinate with a calendar and when we “should” do something, but we need to just plan things for when we can.
This year, I had a lot going on, so my New Year’s resolutions are going to start a bit later than the calendar would typically suggest.
Did you take your vitamins today? They’re awesome!
We’re moving to Texas and I’m really pumped that there will be new parks, road races and trails to run- and of course, less winter all around! In the meantime, I got an awesome #GetYourGoals kit full of goodies from Vitamin Shoppe to get some goals I’m really excited about!
On that note, I have devised some new fitness rules for 2016. It was oddly liberating not to force myself to rush into goals for 2016 and it got me thinking about setting mindful, personal goals for 2016 instead of just signing up for whatever “shoulds” I typically would put on my list.
New Fitness Rules & Resolutions For 2016:
- It’s okay to not like certain activities or jump on trends that everyone’s crazy about if I’m not totally committed. I love training for races, classes and at home DVDS. I don’t know if I’ll ever be into bootcamps and Crossfit, but that’s okay. Try stuff out, but no “shoulds.”
- Sometimes during a workout, you will not feel 100%. Sometimes giving it your 50% is your 100%, but showing up when you feel like quitting still counts. No more beating yourself up for having a rough or tired workout, show up.
- In terms of sports gear- if I wouldn’t want my frenemy to see me in it, I shouldn’t be working out in it. Workout gear is officially taken with the same seriousness as the rest of my wardrobe. Additionally, any sports bras that need to be retired or unflattering/gross old race shirts I’ve kept (and wear) for nostalgia will not be tolerated. Working out shouldn’t be a shame parade of poor gear choices.
- 2016 can be a fun new year to try cooking. What you do in the gym is just as important as what you do in the kitchen. Nutrition doesn’t have to be boring or expensive.
- Don’t aim for perfection, aim for a baseline and balance. I saw it on Instagram the other day- “Some days you eat salads and do to the gym. Other days you eat cupcakes and refuse to put on pants. It’s called balance.”My goal for this year is to aim for consistency and joy in a healthier lifestyle, not cramming my schedule full of activities and routines I can’t keep up. I’ll take easy wins where I can on the days I don’t want to put on pants to counteract the cupcakes- taking my vitamins and drinking a healthy shake instead of reaching for a sugary product with no nutritional value.
Here are some of the tools of the trade I’m going to be trying out this year to coordinate with my health goals.
Coconut oil is just a thing everyone should have in their pantry- not only for cooking, but it’s great as a moisturizer, hair mask and I LOVE it. I use it regularly as part of my beauty routine, but haven’t gotten a chance to cook with it.
Hopefully as I get more involved in nutritional and meal planning, this will get regular use! You can snag this at Vitamin Shoppe for $7.89, a bargain! It will go a long way since it’s so fabulous and pure.
So, there will be days I’m not crushing it and I fall off of the health wagon. An easy reset is to use a shaker cup with a protein shake or healthy smoothy to curb the sugar cravings and get back on the wagon. Guilt is soooo 2015. Resilience is 2016. There will be days you can’t get a workout in, or times where a birthday party did your diet in, but you can strike a balance by having shakes on hand.
Vitamin Shoppe offers Fit N’ Full Shakes that are designed for quick, healthy meals- so if you’re stuck at work late, or don’t have what you need on hand to meal prep (it happens!) you can at least have a backup plan without hitting the vending machine!
I am a granny. I was really excited about this vitamin organizer! I’m a project and social media manger by trade, and usually, I’m in my own head- deep into projects when I eat lunch and cannot remember if I took my vitamins.
Sometimes, little silly hacks- like having a daily vitamin planner, are big things that are really helpful to stay sane when things are busy! Nobody wants to double up by mistake, and we don’t want to forget either!
Every year, and really, every month is a chance to work towards a better you. Not every step towards health has to be a dramatic stride like we typically see during January for those big New Year’s Resolutions, sometimes the best things we can do are simple, daily practices like remembering to eat better and take our vitamins.
If you’re like me and you didn’t jump on the resolution bandwagon, it’s not too late to start setting your big goals for the year! My goal is to get back into running races and build a baseline of healthy meal planning, along with plenty of water and taking my vitamins. I’m excited to get my goals on this year!
Are you ready to #GetYourGoalOn for 2016?
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This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Vitamin Shoppe.