Happy, Healthy, and Gorgeous New Year! I am excited and proud to share with you that I am starting off the year on a good note. We often make resolutions on New Year’s, before and after the holidays, and sometimes even on a weekly basis (”I’ll start my diet on Monday…”), but it’s easy to lose sight of the end goal when you get caught in the the day-to-day logistical challenges of preparing healthy foods, getting to the gym, and getting enough rest.
Throughout my twenties, I was a regular at the gym and could sprint and pump iron with the best of them. When I turned thirty, I ran a marathon. I was fit and happy. After having my son three years ago, the challenges arose. I was working part-time, raising a toddler, and had a husband who left for work before I woke up and got home when our son was going to sleep. Not ideal conditions for working out. As a result, it was very difficult to get those last five pounds off and burn body fat. I couldn’t get to the gym on any consistent basis, and when I did it was always later in the day, after I had eaten at least one meal. Frustrating to say the least, but I did the best I could.
Since then, we have moved closer to my husband’s job and are enjoying more family time together. And, I go to the gym 4-5 mornings per week. Not only is a morning workout a great way to start the day, but it gives me steady energy all day, burns 30% more fat on an empty stomach, and has helped me lose those last five pounds! It was a fabulous New Year’s surprise to step on the scale and see how the numbers had fallen.
With so many success stories in life, consistency is the key. Even if your workouts are short, even if your eating isn’t perfect, even if you don’t always get enough sleep…you will still see results if you keep your workouts consistent and consistently challenging. Change your workouts every two weeks so your body doesn’t get bored, eat a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, proteins, and complex starches, and commit to get fit– one workout at a time. If you’re in a transitional place, keep your goals close to your heart and have faith that you will achieve them. I am living proof that rewards come from hard work when you strive to create change in your life.