Welcome to our first guest blog post from one of our SNFC Brand Ambassadors, Amy Beeman.
Some people are averse to New Year’s resolutions.
They don't like the pressure, the stress, the commitment of making a ton of big life changes all at once. So let's alleviate some of that pressure by taking out the word 'resolutions' and setting instead some New Year’s goals. (Sounds way easier, right?)
I am by no means a fitness or health expert, but I know what goals work for me. So here are a few of mine and who knows, maybe some of them will work for you too!
1. Baby Steps
It can be overwhelming trying to revamp everything all at once. So take baby steps.
Decide on one thing you want to accomplish this week. Maybe it's to get to the gym three times, maybe it's to cut out alcohol, maybe it's to attend your first ever running clinic.
Pick one thing and celebrate when you accomplish it. And then pick a new thing to add in for the next week. Before you know it, all those baby steps become giant leaps.
2. Take Every Opportunity
Look at every situation as an opportunity to make better choices. Take the elevator or the stairs? Get hash browns or fruit with your omelette? Catch up on another episode of This is Us or get out for a quick 20-minute walk around the block? Use every opportunity you can to make smarter decisions.
3. Sign up, sign up, sign up!
One of the biggest ways I stay motivated to hit the gym and go for runs is to sign up for races. Most of the time I don't have a time goal (except the one time I did and I crushed it!); the only goal I have is to cross the finish line and collect my medal. But as soon as I sign up for something, I know I have to stay motivated and focused on training. The races help hold me accountable.
4. Find Like-Minded Friends
I meet friends for runs, ask them for diet suggestions, and love getting their advice at the gym. That's what friends are for! Surround yourself with people who have similar lifestyle goals, who support you through your journey and celebrate your successes.
5. Don't Beat Yourself Up
Don't beat yourself up when you slip up, because you're going to... we all do. Very few of us can (or even want to) live a 'perfect' life.
There will be nights you want to have a few drinks to celebrate a friend's birthday. There will be days at the office when someone brings in doughnuts and your will power crumbles. And that's okay!
I try to live by the 80/20 rules: 80% of the time, I try to be good. 20% of the time, I don't stress about it and just live life.