How’s everyone’s 2021 going so far?! If you’re doing the GOOD // SWEAT At-Home workouts and/or the 7-Day Added Sugar Detox with us, keep going strong!! Make 2021 the year for YOU! It’s never too late to join in if you want to get started with either, just check out my ebooks page. We’ve built the most amazing community and support network in the private Facebook groups you get access to once you get the ebook, so make sure to join cause it’s hands down been my favorite part thus far 🙂
But anyway, I want to share a bit about goal setting + some ideas for starting the year off right. Personally, I’m not a huge resolutions person but I do try to set some intentions or goals I want to focus on at the start of the year. One of my intentions for this year is to actually start reading more. After college I just felt burnt out and to be honest, I can’t remember if I’ve actually finished a book in the last couple years, but I’m just finding I have to read something I’m super into or it’s not going to happen lol. I’m making a concentrated effort to add it to my routine where I can. Another goal is to go to sleep a bit earlier than we do.. Bridge and I have been on the quarantine routine staying up a little later than we normally do (11pm), which has got to change because I actually love being a morning person. The past two weeks we’ve been getting ready for bed then reading for about 20 minutes before we fall asleep. I love it! Right now I’m halfway through ‘Girl, Stop Apologizing’ and I’d definitely recommend– she’s funny, it’s relatable and pretty relevant to everyday life. She shares tips & tricks for a shame-free plan for embracing and achieving your goals (coincidence?). I want to keep this incredible RGE community going and am working on even more ways to get involved with you guys, *aka working on some more projects as we speak,* but basically, I really want to support you all in any way I can, so to kick things off on that front let’s talk goals and starting the year off right!
When it comes to setting health + fitness goals I think the biggest thing is to not overwhelm yourself and tell yourself you’re going to change all your habits overnight. You want to be able to ACHIEVE the goals you set and while having a high standard for yourself is important, consider where you’re currently at before you decide where you want to be.
For example, if you currently don’t work out at all and your diet is made up of quite a bit of processed foods, setting a goal to change all of those habits permanently is going to take time – especially if you want a true lifestyle change that’s sustainable for the long run!! I’d recommend a slow progression toward your goals in this case. Start simple and build up to where you want to be. This could mean walking on a treadmill or outside for 30 minutes three days a week to start and concentrating on adding two extra servings of veggies to your meals every day. After you’ve mastered these things, move on to trying some of my IG live workouts or jump into GOOD // SWEAT At-Home if you feel ready and start with two-three workouts per week (the guide includes five workouts/wk for six weeks but I encourage you to tailor it to your goals!) while also replacing some of your more processed snacks/meals with a few RGE recipes. Then you’ll continue increasing/swapping things out from there!
One of the biggest reasons for people not following through with their goals or “resolutions” at the start of the year is because the goals they set are not actually attainable, “I want to lose 60 lbs before summer” or they’re too vague, “I want to eat healthy every single meal and cut out all the junk.”
You should be able to measure your progress while also making attainable goals you can reach in the next month, the next three months, six months, and one year. For example, “I want to be able to do 15 push-ups consecutively by March and be able to limit sodas/sweetened beverages to only once per week.”
You can see the progression I’m talking about, right? Doing things this way will help you reach your goals by making things feel more approachable and sustainable for the long term!!
A FEW TIPS FOR STARTING THE YEAR OFF RIGHT
Step outside your comfort zone
The point of stepping outside your comfort zone is to do something your mind/body isn’t used to and if you want to see change happen, this is a must! I promise the only regret you’ll have is not starting sooner! If you’ve been waiting for the perfect time to start something, that time is now!
Set sustainable goals personal to YOU
I want to help the RGE community make health + fitness a lifestyle that works for them – to demonstrate that whole, nutrient-dense meals that fuel your body don’t have to be complicated and that moving your body can happen at home without a gym/tons of equipment. This means encouraging everyone to move at their own pace but still set goals they can crush!
Be intentional with what you give your time to
This one is a bit deeper but something I’m working on too so wanted to share it with you guys as well. If you’re feeling burnt out or overwhelmed, take a look at what you’re giving your time to and cut out whatever isn’t serving you. You have the power to say no and set boundaries!! Doing this will help you prioritize eating healthier and moving your body because you’ll have the time/energy to give to it.
I’m excited for this year and everything this community is doing to get stronger and healthier despite everything going on in the world. Let’s keep it going and start 2021 off right! <3