It seems cliche, my New Year’s commitment is to lose weight, but hear me out. I’ve never been skinny. At 30, I have come to terms with the fact that I will never be skinny and that is okay. I define happiness with my body in many different terms than Hollywood. Ideal to me is curvy and toned. My “then” picture is 35 lbs ago. I was working out 5 days a week (running & weights) and eating super clean. The reason I was spending so much time in the gym was personal turmoil and it was a way to release all the tension I was feeling. This was before my husband and my baby. Now I find myself comfortable in life and a lot less motivated since having Lydia, but I also find myself miserable with my body. I do not want to feel so exhausted, out of shape and flubbery anymore!
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There are three reasons I am entering 2016 with a New Year’s commitment which is so much more than the typical New Year’s resolution. I know I have gotten myself into the routine of being healthy before and I know I can do it again. Here is what makes this year different:
#3 Kate Spade* planners are to die for! I will be planning out all our family meals and scheduling my gym days. There is truth in the notion that if you do not schedule it, you will not follow through with it. I am also an advocate of technology and suggest creating a shared calendar with your husband that has your family schedule on Google calendar. Check out my 9 Must Have Apps for Working Moms.
#2 My husband is officially joining me! This is HUGE folks. It was one thing to lose the weight before when I only had to worry about myself but when your husband (whom I love dearly) snubs eating healthy and exercising it seems near impossible for me to stay in the game and keep motivated. He is serious about getting in shape this year and I am super happy he is going to be joining me on the journey!
#1 Pregnancy. We want to get pregnant in 2016 (we have been trying for a while) and since Lydia was unplanned, I had already gained weight before getting pregnant and I know it contributed to how hard it has been to get it off since. I want to stay active during my next pregnancy and get it off to an awesome start! It’s not just for me but for the future baby too.
My New Year’s Commitment
Things I am striving for on a consistent basis and goals I hope to accomplish:
- Drink lots of water (I usually have this one down, but I could drink less coffee & beer)
- Weigh in every other week and do not let a bad week stop future progress
- Enjoy 1 cheat meal a week to stay sane
- Run the 5k training program in 12 weeks, no excuses!
- Run a 5k by the end of May 2016 and strive for an 11 minute average per mile (I am slow and I do not care, it is about how I feel not how fast I run)
I want to hear from you. What is your New Year’s commitment? How will you stay accountable?