motivation mondays: new year’s resolution edition
happy motivation mondays! i hope everyone had an amazing holiday celebrating and that you have exciting plans for saying goodbye to 2014 and ringing in 2015 in just a few days!
i was able to sneak away and spend a few days at home over christmas, which was really, really nice. while i was home, i made it a priority to relax and enjoy myself, but to not get too carried away and try to stick to my normal routine as much as possible, especially when it came to working out, doing yoga and eating. i put my own healthy holiday suggestions to use and checked out a hot vinyasa yoga class at yogaErie [which i really enjoyed], did a bootcamp class led by my brother at the gym he trains at and was able to get my normal cardio and strength training sessions in, as well. on christmas eve my parents hosted a get together at our house, so i was able to see some of my aunts, uncles, cousins and family friends that i haven’t seen in a while. we ate [a lot] and drank [a lot], but i was definitely more conscious than usual about how much i was eating. i ate cookies and cupcakes and cheese and bread and pie and candy, but i monitored my portion size so that i didn’t feel like total sh*t at the end of the night. seriously guys, simple adjustments and doing your best to stick to a schedule can make a huge difference.
christmas day was a little more relaxing… we woke up without alarms, made breakfast [i have a new recipe to share with you later this week!], opened gifts [i got some seriously awesome stuff] and spent most of the day watching christmas movies and, of course, eating leftovers from the previous night. it was a wonderful and relaxing few days, but as always, i was excited to make my way back to new york… just in time to do a few last minute festive things with my mom, including a trip to radio city music hall to see the rockettes!
with the new year right around the corner [seriously, where did 2014 go though?] i wanted to chat a little bit about new year’s resolutions, why 99% of the time they are total bullsh*t that only leave us feeling terrible about ourselves and how you can set yourself up for success in 2015. so, here is today’s [week 16!!] motivation mondays post – new year’s style!
many new year’s resolutions revolve around diet/exercise/losing weight/looking like a victoria’s secret model and i think it’s safe to say we have all made a resolution like this at least once in our lifetimes. i know i have [i think just about every year i have been on the planet] and i saw little success until i changed my mindset about resolutions, being healthy and reaching my goals.
there are two problems with these types of resolutions: 1] we tend to go to extremes trying to achieve them [crash dieting, cutting calories to a low, unmaintainable level, working out 7 days a week/for hours at a time] and 2] we are often going after them for reasons outside of ourselves in the first place [trying to impress a girl/guy, wanting to have Beyoncé’s body, working to “fit in” according to the unrealistic standards society has set for us].
as we all know, extremes in any aspect of your life are not maintainable and rarely lead to long-lasting success. it has to be about changing your lifestyle, building new, healthy habits and achieving balance. so instead of starting a low carb, 800 calorie-a-day meal plan on january 1st, start with swapping out some of the not-so-healthy things you eat/drink for healthier options [i.e. diet soda for a green juice, pasta for brown rice] and build on that. add an extra cardio session to your workout routine or check out a new class at your gym [or just join the gym in the first place]. where you are right now is perfectly fine and making small, manageable changes over time is the key to success. and, i hate to break it to you, but the only person who is ever going to have beyoncé’s body is beyoncé, so you might as well just remove that goal from your list now and work towards having your best body that only you can have.
in 2015, instead of looking outside of yourself for inspiration [impressing someone, trying to meet society’s standards, etc.], ask yourself a few questions to get really clear about things. why is this your resolution? what are you looking to achieve? how do you want to feel? who are you doing this for?
the only person you should ever be trying to impress is yourself and the only person you should be competing with is the person you were yesterday. working towards your goals should boost your self-confidence and make you physically feel good in your body. so, if any of your answers to these questions aren’t aligned to making you feel this way, it’s time to rethink your resolutions and make them about you [in a totally non-selfish way, of course]. here are a few examples:
- try one new exercise class per month to continue to push your body and find out what makes you feel your best. some ideas include spinning, boxing, pole dancing, hot yoga and aerobic dance.
- instead of ordering delivery or eating out all weekend long, make a commitment to start preparing at least one healthy home-cooked meal each weekend to avoid extra calories, sugar, salt and other food additives.
- read a book for 30 minutes before bed rather than scrolling through facebook/twitter/instagram to feel more relaxed and get your body ready for a good night’s sleep.
make your resolutions about feeling your personal best and living a life that you enjoy. there is no need to make yourself miserable.
as always, i love including a few fun links in my motivation mondays posts and to stick with today’s theme, here are some things i think you guys will benefit from as 2014 comes to a close and a whole new year begins this week:
these inspiring wellness videos are perfect for some resolution inspiration.
this article gives you six ways to stay in shape in the new year… not a single one involves a gym.
google’s year-in-review is a great reminder that even when things seem hopeless, this world and the people in it are pretty amazing.
what are your new year’s resolutions for 2015? would love to hear from you in the comments below!
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