As 2012 comes to a close, many of us are looking back eleven months and wondering what happened to those New Year’s resolutions we set for ourselves at the beginning of the year. While we hope that you’ve had success with many of those, we have found some of the most common resolutions that won’t require drastic lifestyle changes in order for you to keep in 2013.
Fitness and Weight Loss
The push to get to your ideal size is a common goal, especially at the start of a new year. With months and months ahead of you, you might begin to develop a workout plan that you start with vigor, but one that fizzles out after the summer months and bikini season come to an end. In 2013, try developing a workout plan that’s not too complicated and can be kept for an entire twelve months. That way, when 2014 rolls around you won’t find yourself struggling to hit the same goal. Try things like replacing snacks like cookies and chips with healthier alternatives like fruits and vegetables. Also, try not to be a couch potato. Scheduling fifteen to thirty minute workouts into your day either early in the morning or before going to bed are easy ways to help you reach your goals.
One the most common pitfalls, when it comes to making a resolution of better spending, is making an unrealistic goal. Start the year off knowing exactly what your intended income will be and make a monthly budget that reflects that amount. While you might be subject to a raise at your job or monetary gifts from family and friends, consider any additional income money that whichcan be put into a savings account. Crystal Colclough, financial advisor and founder of BlackChicksWithCents.com says, “Determine your net worth by figuring out how much you have in assets and how much you have in debt. Create and budget then find the leaks and plug them”.
If you go to work every day and leave feeling like the day has been wasted on work that hasn’t fulfilled you in any way, setting a goal to land a new gig isn’t a bad idea, and while the job market may seem scarce, it is not an unrealistic goal. The beginning of the year is a perfect time to pull out that stellar resume of yours and update it, adding any new skills or awards you might have acquired during the previous year. Were you named employee of the month? Did your job offer training that allowed you to gain certification in an area you weren’t certified before? These are great examples of resume enhancements that can help you land that dream job you’ve been searching.
Don’t let a fear of not accomplishing certain goals stop you from making New Year’s resolutions for 2013! Write them down so that this time next year you can look back and check them all off.
Tell us some of your realistic resolutions below…
The countdown to the New Year has begun! Many are now declaring their excitement for a “New Year, New Me”. The most common resolutions year after year are kicking bad habits, improving finances, advancing in careers, having a more positive attitude and/or better love life, losing weight and lastly, eating healthier. Every year many of us wait until the clock strikes twelve to change our ways, and every year more than half of us don’t make it through the entire month before we are back to our old habits. Yet, people continue to make the same resolution every year, in hopes that this year their commitment will finally stick.
Others have simply stopped making New Year’s Resolutions all together. Those who don’t make resolutions might be onto something. Here’s why: You’ve already had over 300 days of cringe-worthy dates, disappointing paychecks, and heavy duty moments weighing in on what areas of your life need improving. The anti-New Year’s Resolutions people have not given up on changing their life for the better. Instead their mindset is “why wait another month to make a change, when the first day of you working on the “new you” could be today?”
With three simple steps you can set yourself up for success and have a better a chance at not dropping the ball before the ball drops.
The first step towards weight loss has always been going to the gym and signing up. Of course, after the first great workout the motivation wears off and the only thing getting smaller is your bank account as the automatic monthly fee -for the membership you stopped using- continues to deduct itself. Like any resolution, deciding to get in better shape by preparing to do so is an action-oriented step. While preparing to make self changes the most important thing to do is research. Look into how much you want to lose, how much you want to save up, etc. and decide on a realistic time frame to make it happen.
Then set up your environment so that your goal is attainable. For example, many people choose a gym based on the best deal or the amenities, but finding a gym that you are going to visit often is all about location, location, location! Find a gym that’s close to your job so you can fit in a workout before you clock in, during lunch or right after you clock out. Also, always have your gym bag stocked and at the door so there is no excuse to leave home without it.
Once you have found a place that fits your needs, location, and schedule it’s time to put your plan into practice. Play around with different types of workouts until you find something you like and fall into a rhythm. It’s about building up until your practice becomes an enjoyable routine. It’s not about perfection. Start with one day a week and continue to build. Try going at different times on different days to see which are best for you. Try out different equipment until you find the ones that will help you reach your ideal body shape.
Preparing through planning and research, then practicing until you get into a comfortable groove helps you to build a foundation so that you can persist to the finish line.
Persistence is the driving force when you’re having a bad day or don’t feel as motivated. It’s the voice in the back of your head that keeps reminding you that you’ve already come so far. Once you have this your resolution has become a habit. These steps can apply to any of the things you want to improve about yourself. The key is being proactive. Many of us never leave the starting line, or lose steam early because we think of the resolution as a solution, as opposed to the first step in a proactive decision to be a better version of ourselves. Think about it, if you are proactive about taking the necessary steps to self improvement now, then by the first day of the New Year you will be ahead of the game.
Tell us some of your resolutions and how you plan to keep them below…
The year that we were not predicted to see is right around the corner! For some that means adjusting their beliefs that the Mayans were right. For others that means setting some New Year’s resolutions. Eating healthier, getting finances in order, and working out are among the most popular resolutions made each year.
Every first week of January gyms are at full capacity with new membership cards being activated and consistently swiped. Then February attendance drops down to where it was just two months prior. People begin to lose sight of their goals and don’t stick with their resolutions. Although I am not one for New Year’s resolutions, I can definitely relate. Have you told yourself time and time again that you would work out consistently at the beginning of a season, and then fallen off before it comes to an end? I definitely have, however I have learned some tricks along the way that help me stay consistent when I feel myself slipping.
Here are five tips that can keep you going when those 1-mile runs and Bikram yoga classes sound unappealing.
Why are you working out in the first place? Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to be toned? Or do you just want to get the weekly minimum of two hours and thirty minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, as suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention?
Whatever the case may be, write it down and stick it up somewhere. Post it on your refrigerator, your bathroom mirror, office door, or wherever works for you.
2. Make a plan.
A study at the Dominican University of California showed that people tend to stick to goals and tasks when they have been written down AND shared with someone. Every weekend write down your workout plan for the week. When you have a solid plan going into the week, you are more likely to follow through. If you write down your daily activities into a planner or program them into an electronic calendar, try adding your workout times to your daily plans. Recording such things shows that you’re serious, and is also a way you can check your consistency and hold yourself accountable.
3. Have an accountability partner.
But let’s face it. Keeping yourself accountable is not always enough when you have more obligations. Get someone that will talk some sense into you when you feel like giving up on your goals. This could be a friend, a family member, or a workout buddy. This person can be also be a personal trainer that already knows your goals. Either way, it should be someone that will hold you accountable to the workouts you say you are going to do.
4. Buy a series worth of classes.
When you spend money on a class, it is more likely that you will attend, thus getting in your workout time for the week. You bought them, so that motivation to not waste money will help. Gyms often have classes available for their members already. If you don’t have a membership you can also look into recreational centers and studios in your neighborhood for fitness class offerings, or check out Groupon or Living Social for great deals.
5. Take on a challenge.
Every month HeyFranHey comes up with a challenge to put out into the cyber world. The challenge gives you a variety of tasks to complete every day of the week, often increasing in intensity each week. The #MadFree #30for30 challenge is also underway for the month of December. Taking on a challenge like this allows you to start off slow and push yourself as your body gets acclimated with the new routine.
What are some things that keep you going when working out seems like no fun? Are there any alternative workouts that make your exercise exciting? Any monthly challenges that keep you consistent?
Kelly Osborne co-host of ‘Fashion Police’ on E!, daughter of rocker dad Ozzy & talk show mom Sharon Osbourne sat down with Glamour Magazine to discuss her body and style transformation – just in time to inspire you this Spring. Check out what she had to share, plus details on how to transform your style by finding the right fashions for your body type…
I call myself an FFP: former fat person. And when you’re an FFP, you will always see in yourself what people used to bully you for. I grew up on the road with my father—yes, Ozzy Osbourne—but I came from a very, very small village, where everyone called me Kelly Smelly With the Big Belly Whose Dad’s on the Telly. It hurt so badly to be judged like that. Even now I don’t consider myself skinny. But I have put a lot of hard work into my body over the years, and in the process, I’ve really learned to love myself. I want you to love yourself too, so here are my Dos & Don’ts for getting this kind of body confidence.
DON’T wish you looked like so-and-so
DO shut up the judgey voices
DON’T force yourself into a bikini
Find Dresses For Your Body Type
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