The start of a new year is a great time to set some goals! Like hitting that magic number on the scale or fitting into that size whatever jeans. Resolutions can be super hard to stick to but not impossible!
You may be super motivated to hit the gym every morning or meal prep every night, but before you know it life gets in the way and your resolutions slowly fall by the wayside. It’s important to remember this does not make you a failure. You had the motivation, after all.
Sadly, not so much.
THE DIFFERENCE IN KEEPING A RESOLUTION IS DISCIPLINE
Discipline is what helps you accomplish your goals and stay focused by making room in your life for the important things. That’s the secret to making long term changes with your health and fitness. Everyday forming consistent habits and doing what you need to do, even when you don’t feel …motivated.
Whether you’re starting a new workout plan, or you’re working towards weight loss goals, these tips can help you turn your resolutions into results:
SET A GOAL AND A TIMELINE
It is incredibly important to have a hard deadline for your goal. Keep in mind, it’s not realistic to “diet” all year long. And you won’t wake up one morning and suddenly be able to hit a new PR. Work hard and have THE plan to get there.
As you chip away at your goals little by little, It’ll be easier to stick to your plan if you can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Get organized with this fitness journal filled with fitspiration.
GET ORGANIZED AND TRACK EVERYTHING
I mean everything. Macronutrient intake, calories, workouts, hours of sleep, bottles of water, etc. Whatever will help you accomplish your goal, write it down and measure where you can be more successful.
Download one of these nutrition tracking apps.
FIND ACCOUNTABILITY AND GET INSPIRED
Get your spouse, friend, or coworker to start a challenge with you. It’s so much easier (and even fun) to have someone working toward the same goal. Of course, document your journey on social media if you’re into that. You’ll love the encouragement you get from others and enjoy the excitement to share your mini victories with your social circle.
Check out this inspiring mom and daughter duo.
BE CONSISTENT AND STAY THE COURSE
Good things come to those who work hard. If you put forth the same effort every day, you WILL see results. It can be difficult to have patience in your journey but find little ways to celebrate your wins along the way. Keep your eye on the prize and stay focused on your long-term goal while accomplishing short term goals.
RESOLUTIONS WILL BE YOUR NORMAL
If you take it day by day and make these good habits your new normal, the results will follow. Daily discipline is what helps you go to the gym at 5 am every morning or meal prep every Sunday, even when you don’t feel like it. The reward for all your hard work will last longer than any New Year’s resolution.
Felicia Williams is a fiery fit mom and elite nationally-qualified USAPL powerlifter from Nashville. As a busy working mom, she balances the demands of work and parenting a toddler while perusing her fitness goals.
Felicia started strength training in 2012 and after having a baby in 2014, she’s lost over 15lbs and gotten over 200lbs stronger. Now she is a national level powerlifter in the 52kg weight class.
As a 4’10” 114lb woman, she wants to show that strong women come in all shapes and sizes. In her transformation from average gym-goer to competitive athlete, she loves to share what she’s learned about strength training, nutrition and work-life balance with other women trying to be the best version of themselves.
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Updated article originally published January 2017