Plus what I’m using to achieve them.
The holidays are over, we’ve all gotten through the first couple of weeks back at work, and it’s time to get back into our everyday routines. I’ll admit, the first couple of weeks of the year were an adjustment. I had just started a new full-time job at a new company after having 2 weeks of vacation. I had to get adjusted to working full-time again and also to my new role, coworkers, and company. Now that I’m going into my second week at work and third week into the new year, I’m ready to get back into my routines like cooking at home and working out.
I always make promises to myself about my fitness and health, the biggest one being that I’m going to be consistent in the gym. I always start off so determined and motivated until one minor thing like the other weather breaks my routine and I’m thrown off track for weeks after. This time I’m no letting anything get in my way. It’s literally so easy to go to the gym, especially now considering there’s a gym 1 block away from the office I work in. So, I thought I’d sure my health & fitness goals/plans and the tools I’m using to achieve them. Leave your goals in the comments below and we can all hold each other accountable.
The key to getting fit and living a healthy life is to set specific goals. My plan is to start off with small goals that all contribute to my bigger goals. For example, one week a small goal of mine might be to drink 6 bottles a water a day. This is a small goal that I can keep track of that also contributes to my ultimate goal of looking and feeling my best. I think it’s important to start small so I don’t overwhelm myself and want to give up altogether.
Gym at least 3 times a week.
I’m a member of a gym that has locations all over Manhattan and Brooklyn. As I said before, there’s a gym 1 block from my office building (and there is one 3 train stops from my apartment). I work Mondays-Fridays, so I can pick 3 or more of those days, bring my workout clothes, and go to the gym after work.
I’m trying to eat as healthy as possible but being the snack queen, I can’t deny myself of my favorite junk food 100% of the percent of the time. So, my plan is to eat healthy 80% of the time and treat myself every once in awhile. I’ve read so many times that you can’t out-exercise a bad diet. I’ve been trying a lot of pinterest recipes and cooking at home. Also, everyone at work eats really healthy so that’s great motivation for me to do the same.
Track my progress.
I currently use The Happy Planner from Me & My Big Ideas for my day to day planning and I also purchased the fitness planner inserts to add to it. The fitness inserts have a monthly view with a notes column next to it and weekly pages to track your meals, caloric intake, exercise, and water intake. The weekly pages also have weekly goals columns and notes column. I love these planner inserts because I can look at how I’m doing each week as far as working out and eating.
I love using the apple watch to track my movement throughout the day and my workouts. There’s something nice about setting daily goals and working towards beating them every day.
I joined a gym last year but to be honest, I hardly ever went. Living in New York, relying on public transportation and battling the cold weather all play in a part in my decision on whether I’m going to make it to the gym every day. Luckily, I’ve just started a new job that is literally one block away from the gym I go to. With the help of my pre-workout drink, I’ve started going after I get off and I plan on keeping this up until working out becomes a habit.
Nike Training Club app
One of my fit friends recommended the Nike Training Club app to me years ago and I’ve loved it ever since. When I miss a day at the gym, I can make it up on the weekend at home by doing a couple of workouts from this app. NTC is basically like a personal trainer if your personal trainer was Skylar Diggins or Serena Williams. It has a bunch of timed workouts done by real athletes and they show you how to do each move in a video. You can sort the workouts by time, intensity, and level of workout. You can also build a workout plan based on your fitness goal. I’d 100% recommend this app if you don’t have a gym membership and you have space to workout at home.
That is my health and fitness plan for this year. I will be back with an update soon! Let me know what your fitness goals are for this year and how you plan on achieving them. Let’s motivate each other!