New year, new you

Posted on January 8, 2010. Filed under: athletic training, beauty, body weight, caloric intake, calories, circuit training, clean eating, diet, exercise, fat loss, fitness, food, health, heart rate, lifting, overtraining, Personal training, running, weight lifting, weight loss, weight training, workout, yoga |

It’s the beginning of the year- time to get your act in gear to accomplish your annual goal to lose weight and live healthier. It seems like that is everyone’s resolution, but so many people can’t stick with it just after a few weeks. I know you regular gym rats, like myself, can tell too because this is the time of year that we have to wait to get a spot on a treadmill or come early to make sure we have a bike in spinning. But for those of you who aren’t into fitness year ‘round this is your time to really dedicate yourself to it, and STICK WITH IT.

So in 2010, don’t set yourself up for failure. Don’t make your goal to lose 20 pounds by March, because it’s unlikely to happen, and if it does, it’s not healthy. Set a goal to weigh 5 pounds less each month, or to drop a pants size by spring. Furthermore you have to understand that it’s not always about losing pounds. You could weigh 120 and have no muscle mass and have a higher body fat percentage than a person weighing 135, but not look nearly as good. And ask yourself, if your goal is “to weigh 110,” why is that your goal? What is it about 110 that you are fixated on? Do you even know that 110 will look good on you? If you have to play the numbers game then get a body fat measuring instrument.. they’re about $10 at GNC, or get a tape measure and measure how many inches around your waist is.

Make a change to eat healthy. Stay away from the middle aisles of the grocery store. Buy lots of lean protein, fruits and veggies. I have a list on this blog of recommended foods. I am on sparkpeople.com, but there are other sites as well, that you can use to track what you eat. Look at all nutrition facts too. Remember, fruits and veggies are carbohydrates, but they are good ones that fuel your body. Wheat is always better than regular (bread, pasta, etc.)

Another good thing about joining one of these food tracking sites is that there are others on them just like you! There’s groups you can join and friends you can make that are there to help and support. We email back and forth all the time about healthy alternatives, the pressure to have fatty foods when out with friends, and push each other to make healthy choices.

Get active! If you know little about weight training pick up a copy of Oxygen magazine (women), Men’s Health (guys) and they’ll give you some weight training or ideas. or HEY – read some of my old blogs for ideas. If you don’t know what you’re doing at all, get a trainer for a few sessions to show you around, or you could save money by splitting a trainer with a friend. Sign up for a bootcamp – they have them in most cities, you just have to look for them. Take group classes at the gym. Sign up for a road race. Not a runner? If you signed up for one in March you could be! You just have to build up to that 5k, half marathon, etc. There’s really no excuses and you aren’t going to get anywhere by being lazy.

Write down your goals for this year and cross them off as you go. Look at those goals at the end of each month and if you haven’t made any head way you are the only person you can blame for not accomplishing them. I’ll be more than happy to answer any questions or give any advice, and I’m positive that anyone else you may know who is into fitness would be happy to help too! Happy New Year!!

Kyra Williams
The Get In Shape Girl

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good stuff in this blog post…you bring up some good points about fat percentage that I think some people just overlook.. 🙂

Justin
http://healthyexecutive.wordpress.com


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