It’s that time of year….people are starting to think about the New Year: what lies ahead for them, thinking about all the things they want to accomplish, maybe setting a new goal or two. New Years Resolutions may seem cliche but you have to admit there’s something about a fresh new calendar year that just makes you reevaluate and makes you believe that things can, in fact, be different. The problem I’ve had with New Years Resolutions (and the reason I rarely make any) is that they are just so hard to stick with. Just like the majority of people I start off strong then life gets in the way and I slowly start making excuses to not follow through. My fitness and health has always been something I have wanted to improve on but somehow, every year, I never meet my goals. 2016 was different. 2016 was the year I decided to actively focus on my health and fitness and I signed up to be a Beachbody Coach. This wasn’t a financial goal that I wanted to meet, I mean the thought of making money is always appealing but no, this was 90% about me wanting to get off my butt and make some changes and what better way to do that then to sign up with one of the best fitness companies! It made all the difference. It motivated me to be proof that the products work (they do!) and also to share my journey. Now as some may think, sharing my journey is not about trying to sell someone on a program. If there is someone that can benefit from my social media posts then GREAT! But for me, it’s really about accountability. By letting people in on the process I’m creating all of these great accountability partners. People that expect to see my sweaty workout selfies or hear about healthy eating! And that DROVE me! It drove me to get my booty up and drink my preworkout, kill my workout and follow it up with healthy eating by drinking Shakeology and then post a picture…it was EXPECTED. I set that expectation and I wanted to live up to it. What followed? Well what followed was, I was in the best shape of my life (after having my first baby) and I was receiving amazing feedback from people that kept driving me forward. Could I have done better? Yes. Am I proud of myself? Yes! It was one of the best decisions I’ve made and it’s one I want to continue working on in 2017!
But what else? Well I’ve been on quite the kick lately and little by little have been crushin mini goals left and right so you can say that I’ve already started but there’s still so much I want to get better at and so much I want to add to my life. So here’s a little more of me putting it out there and hoping I get some more accountability partners that will help support me through 2017!
First things first. I want 2017 to be my HEALTHIEST year yet! Now I’m not saying my “fittest” year. It’s not always about looking good (but I mean…that helps right?) no I want this to my HEALTHIEST year! I want to meal prep more often, I want to get my workouts in and I want to have a healthy mind. I have a lot to be thankful for and those are the things I want to focus on. I had a hard time with PPD after my son was born and I don’t want a repeat of that. This is my #1 goal for the year and most of my other goals are there to support this one major thing….HEALTHIEST year yet!
More ME Time. I want to dedicate myself to reading one book a month and not just any book the book has to do one of two things. 1. Bring me joy. Can I escape into it? Is it making me laugh? Am I having a hard time putting it down? 2. Help develop me personally and professionally. Personal Development is so freakin important. If you’re stuck in a rut a great personal development book can do wonders for you! Be on the lookout for more book blog posts and maybe even a monthly video review on my You Tube Channel.
Less GUILT. Oh the guilt that comes with being a mom. Anytime I do something for myself or by myself I feel guilty, selfish..wrong. I had brunch with a friend the other day, something neither one of us do often (babies at home) and we both agreed it felt weird and we felt selfish. Why? Why do we feel that way? Mommyhood is hard and we all deserve a little break. And you take that however you’d like. For me, I want to feel less guilty for simple things. For instance, sitting down and doing absolutely nothing in the middle of the day. I hate that. I always feel like the worlds laziest mom. I can’t tell you how many times Joaquin has gone down for a nap, the house is clean, my work is done but yet I feel so guilty for just sitting down on the couch and doing nothing that I find a project to work on because I feel like I should be doing something…anything! It’s ridiculous. I know it’s ridiculous and that’s why I want to work on feeling less guilty. It’s ok to have some down time!
More dates nights. My hubby is unbelievably wonderful and oh so gorgeous 😍 but he still gets on my nerves and I still want to smack him upside the head every so often (or more often than not, I don’t know) and I think it’s because it’s so annoying that we NEVER get to spend time together by ourselves. When we first started dating he was a full time dad to an already 6 year old, so from the get go we have never had the opportunity to spend a lot of alone time together. So this year I want to make it a priority. How realistic is this one? I don’t know. I’m thinking with a new baby arriving in the first part of the year that this might take a backseat but still. I’m putting it on the list and hopefully *fingers crossed* we make it a priority.
LOTS more time for my #1 girl. It makes me extremely sad (in fact it makes me tear up as I write this) that I don’t spend as much time with my #1 girl. The girl who has sat beside me as I cried through a divorce, the girl that brought me joy and meaning in my most depressing time..and I do mean that literally. There were days when the only time I’d get up out of my bed was to take her on a walk or take her outside to play catch because she was just a puppy and she depended on me. We were inseparable for a long time and I’m so sad to say that now that I’m a mom focusing on my little guy with another baby on the way she has taken such a backseat in my life, I don’t want that for her, I don’t want that for my kids and I don’t want that for ME! So I have to take some action here. We need more walks together, trips to the park and more time playing ball!
So there you have it! My 2017 Goal Crushin plan aka New Years Resolutions! And by the way, there’s never any reason to wait until January 1st to start on a goal! If you have a goal in mind, start making it happen now! And if you’re looking for an accountability partner…you found her! I’d love to help hold you accountable and help YOU make 2017 YOUR best year yet! Let’s do some GOAL CRUSHIN together!