How To Set Realistic Fitness Goals For Yourself & Stick To Them... | A Pretty Penny

How To Set Realistic Fitness Goals For Yourself & Stick To Them...

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Since I have been doing BBG I have received a lot of fitness questions. And since I am not quite finished with BBG I will do a complete blog post going over my BBG experience, transformation, and answer everyones questions. {so if you do have any questions regarding BBG please leave me a comment, send me an email, or DM me and I will answer them in that blog post.}

Today I wanted to go over my fitness goals and how I stick to them. I knew starting the new year that I really wanted to work on my health and fitness in 2018, but I wanted it to stick with it and figure out what worked for me. I feel like every year in the past I have created fitness goals for myself, but never achieved them. They lasted for about 2 weeks and then slowly faded away. I hated that. So when January 1st came along I didn't set any goals for myself. Instead I waited a few weeks, ate healthier, worked out, and really thought about what goals I wanted to achieve this year.

So towards the end of January, Colin and I sat down and wrote our fitness/health goals together. In years past I knew what goals I wanted to achieve, but I never wrote down how I was going to get there. 

The 3 most important things you can do to achieve your fitness/health goals are:
1. Create realistic fitness goals for yourself
2. Write down your goals & put them where you can see them
3. Write step by step how you are going to achieve these goals; be specific

I am no fitness guru, but let me tell you why I think this, and why it works for me!
1. Create realistic fitness goals for yourself
This is probably the MOST important thing when starting a fitness journey. If you don't start with realistic goals you are automatically going to set yourself up for failure. You can't say, "I want to lose 30 pound in 1 month." Figure out what you want your end goal to be, and figure out how long it is realistically going to take you, then commit...Or, "I am going to work out for 1 hour every morning at 5:00." I am not a morning person and I know that I could never wake up at 5:00 am to do a workout. I like BBG because it is 28 minutes everyday {more if I want}, and most of the workouts are from home. If you are working full time it might also be hard to find long periods of time to head to the gym. So again, find what works for you and your schedule.

2. Write down your goals & put them where you can see them
If I don't put my goals where I can see them, then automatically they are out of sight, out of mind. I wanted to physically write them down because 1) it helps me remember, and 2) I feel more committed; like I am signing an agreement. If typing them up and printing them out works for you, do that! But make sure you can see them everyday, or set reminders on your phone. We have ours hanging on the fridge and I see them every morning.

3. Write step by step how you are going to achieve these goals; be specific.
I knew that if I didn't have a plan to get where I wanted, I would never get there. It is like trying to find a buried treasure without a map. Creating all those baby steps and guide lines help me stay on track. Being specific in your goals is very important. If you are vague then it is easier to sway from your goals.
Let me share all my health/fitness goals for this year:
  • Finish all 12 weeks of BBG; be consistent about it
    • I have never been super consistent with working out. In college I really got into running to blow off steam & stress, but I never really went to the gym or had workout plans. This year I wanted to start a workout plan and stick to it. I had attempted BBG in the past and knew I really wanted to finish ALL 12 weeks of it. Now that I am half way through I can't wait to go beyond the 12 weeks! I actually look forward to working out now.
  • Become fit, not skinny {mindset}
    • Ever since I was younger being "skinny" was the goal. It was what everyone sought after. Now, I would rather be fit than super skinny. Because being healthy and fit is more important to be. The importance of the number on the scale was always drilled into me. That number meant more than what you looked like and how you felt. So I made it a goal to have a healthier mindset and be kinder to my body this year.
  • Go to bed by 10 every night
    • Even though I haven't been super consistent with this goal, I have been close! I am usually in bed by 10:30 every week night and sometimes later on weekends. Sleep is important to me and I know going to bed early and getting a good nights rest sets me up for success the next day.
  • Drink LOTS of water
    • I have never been a soda drinker, or lemonade drinker. I like water, but knew I wanted to start drinking a lot more water this year. I use the app "WaterMinder" to track how much water I drink a day. I usually drink 60oz or more. I usually try to drink water before my meals, when I workout, and I usually drink water before I have snacks during the day. Sometimes when you feel hungry your body is actually thirsty. So I drink water before I eat any snacks. {but I don't limit myself}
  • More veggies & fruits; less carbs
    • I use to always reach for chips, popcorn, carb based snacks before fruits and veggies. So I have started to add more fruits and veggies to my daily diet. I love eating fruits and veggies because I can eat MORE! I love that the equivalent of 100 calories of fruits/veggies is way more than 100 calories of chips. You can eat a ton more and become full. It helps you not over eat.
  • NO SUGAR (during week)
    • I'll be honest. I love sugar. I love treats. I love cookies. As I'm sure most people do. I did Whole 30 a couple years ago and there was no sugar for 30 days. It was really hard, but it was amazing how fruit tasted sweeter and better. I usually allow myself to have a treat or 2 on the weekends and eat really clean during the week. I like to live a little. If I don't give myself a little wiggle room it drives me insane and I can't stick to my goals. (even though my eating habits haven't been the best lately, I usually eat pretty clean.)
  • Limit dairies & carbs
    • Milk and some dairy makes my stomach stick occasionally. So I try to limit my dairy and carb intake and eat more fruits and veggies. I love to base my meals and eating off of Whole 30. It was my favorite style of eating and it still felt like I had a ton of freedom with it.
  • Prep healthy snacks in advance
    • Usually after we go grocery shopping I try to either prep snacks that day or the day after. I cut up all the fruits and veggies so they are readily available. It makes it easier to grab healthier snacks. I like to make my own trail mix and protein balls as well. {I'll share those recipes if you would like!}
  • Lose It! app
    • I wanted to track every thing I ate so I could keep on track with my goals. Most of my eating is based on calories. So I like to track everything I eat so I know that I am meeting my calorie goals.
  • Smoothie or eggs & veggies every morning
    • Every morning after my workout I usually take myself a green smoothie and eggs. I usually have 1-2 eggs and 1-2 egg whites. It is a protein packed breakfast with fruits and vegetables. I have a hard time eating breakfast, so eggs and smoothies are perfect for me.
  • Portion control! Know how much you need
    • I am really good at over eating, so using the Lose It! app was perfect for keeping track of my portions.
  • Yoga & running
    • Along with BBG workouts there is cardio involved. I also wanted to incorporate yoga. So I usually go for a run Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. I have started doing hot yoga which I LOVE! I try to go 1-2 times a week and it is amazing how good I feel after. It is hard, but I love knowing that I pushed myself to finish. {plus you burn around 500 calories every time!}

TOGETHER:
Colin and I also wrote down goals that we wanted to do together. 
  • No eating out, only on weekends (1-2xs a week)
    • We wanted to really limit how much we ate out and try and really eat meals from home that were clean and healthy. So we usually go out on Fridays or Saturdays for date night. It has helped us be healthier as well as save money.
  • Substitute "treats" for healthier options: Jamba Juice, Harmons {salads}, Halo Top
    • We love getting treats together. So we wanted to substitute those "treats" for healthier options. Such as: green smoothies at Jamba, or getting salads from the Harmons salad bar and if we really wanted a treat get Halo Top. I love that Halo Top is delicious ice cream that is super low in calories! 
  • Plan meals & dates
    • I have never been big on planning meals, but since we have been eating healthier I have tried to plan better meals. With Colin's work schedule he usually gets home later. So I try to make enough for me as well as lunches for both of us the next day or two.
  • Support each other, don't tempt each other
    • It is hard {for me at least} to stick to eating healthy and goals when you are going it alone. So we really wanted to support eat other and help each other achieve our goals. 
  • Make grocery list & plan!!
    • Every week I write a grocery list of all our usual healthy foods for our Costco run. It helps use plan out meals and not over spend at Costco, which is really easy to do.
  • Make lunches in advance
    • To help us keep our healthy eating on track we always make lunches in advance. Usually the night before. Or if we have left overs they usually last for a few days. It makes it so easy!
  • Pinterest board
    • I love Pinterest and always have! It gives me so many good ideas for not only fashion, but healthy meals. So we have created a joint Pinterest board so we can both pin healthy meals we want to try.

I hope seeing our goals has helped give you ideas or helped with your fitness journey. It is all about finding what works for you! The hardest thing for me was creating the mindset that I wanted to be healthy instead of focusing on the numbers on the scale. Once you get passed that I feel like it becomes a lot easier for you to achieve your goals!

I can't wait to share more of my fitness journey with you!




xo,


Sara



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