Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!! #fitin2014

Happy New Year to all you out there on the internet! 2013 was a weird year, lots of ups and downs for me. Enough good that saying goodbye is a little bittersweet. 2013 was the year I started this blog, the year I got certified as a Health Coach, the year I decided to get my Personal Trainer certification. But 2013 had its share of ick too; that period of time in summer that work was extra crazy and the year that I went through a few workout slumps.

My most recent slump encompassed almost the entire month of December. I managed to get to the gym once or twice per week, but my heart just wasn't in it. I wasn't motivated and I just didn't want to be there. I went through the motions but there was no drive, I wasn't pushing myself. But slumps end. I stuck it out, making myself take advantage of every "ooh, I feel like going to the gym" feeling I had and relished in those workouts.


I'm not sure what caused me to wake up from my slump, maybe my body just needed a few weeks of rest, but I feel back in full force and ready to stay #fitin2014! I'm taking advantage of the New Year's mentality and feeding off the motivation that is present everywhere as we all switch over to our new calendars. Everyone around you is making goals and making changes, will you?


Motivation is all around you right now. Will you take advantage of it? I plan on doing exactly that. I'm setting up a new schedule for myself; 2 days in the gym followed by 1 day of rest/active recovery. Active recovery will vary from taking walks to yoga, anything that gets me moving. Getting all this work into my daily schedule is a little more difficult in the winter season, I tend to experience a dip in desire to move when it's dark I'm counting on my circle of fitness friends to hold me accountable. I've also come up with a few more motivation strategies to make things happen in 2014.


Motivation Strategies for the Winter Months
1.) Set up a pact with friends! Keep each other honest, set up a group text thread where you can check in when you've completed a workout. 
2.) Join gym-pact and earn money for sticking with your healthy habits... lose money if you don't. 
3.) Get yourself a gym buddy. It's harder to stay at home and watch Netflix when you have a friend who is bugging you to meet them at the gym. It's also a great way to shake up your routine since you have another person who has different go-to moves. That's how I learned to appreciate barbell rear lunges.
4.) Pick up a new program or book! There are so many fitness programs out there. has a few great free programs on their site. Starting Strength is considered the bible for people who are getting started in the gym and want to lift weights. There's 5/3/1 from Jim Wendler, which I will be starting in a few days, that is focused on building strength. Convict Conditioning is another option or those who want to avoid machines/weights and stick with bodyweight exercises. 
5.) Set a SMART Goal. I've blogged about SMART Goals before. My fitness related SMART goal for 2014 is to get that 300lb deadlift that I've been talking about for the last two years. 

I can't convey how excited I am to start the 5/3/1 program and start building strength so I can smash the goal I've set for myself!! 

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