Some homegrown advice from a fit, busy, working mom of three little boys who doesn’t get paid to be fit: Success doesn’t happen unless you make it happen.
Take a look at my top 14 unconventional tips to get you closer to the 8% of people who will achieve their resolutions this year:
1. Take a selfie.
Selfies are getting a bad rap these days, but they can be one of the best ways to measure your results. While it’s uncomfortable at first, get in your sports bra and shorts and take a photo. In a month, do it again. A pound of muscle is three times smaller than a pound of fat, so you could be gaining weight and losing inches.
2. Be self-affirming.
Thoughts become things, so tell yourself you are fit, beautiful, strong and healthy -- even if you don’t feel it now.
3. Clean up your environment.
What happens internally manifests externally so be organized, prepared and focused. You can’t do that in a dirty environment.
4. Create your daily P’s.
Every morning, set not just physical but professional and personal goals, too. Strive for balance.
5. Learn about your heart.
Calculate your resting heart rate (right when you wake up), your blood pressure and your target heart rate (220 - age x 60-80%). You will notice your heart will become more efficient and less prone to heart attacks when you get your blood flowing more often via exercise!
6. Master your metabolism.
Your metabolism is your internal furnace that converts food into fuel. You can speed up your body’s ability to burn fat by gaining muscle and eating regularly.
7. Fix your posture.
Many people struggle with postural issues, especially if they work behind a desk, have children or drive often. If you have postural deviations, you could have muscle imbalance. When you workout and apply weight to your body, it can worsen your condition, so strive to fix your posture and strengthen weak muscles.
BEFORE & AFTER PICS: Couple loses more than 500 pounds!
8. Go raw.
Eating food in its most natural state provides your body with optimum vitamins and minerals. Avoid processed foods, which is anything that comes in a bag or box.
9. Start slow.
If you’re used to consuming 3,000 calories a day, don’t drop your caloric intake to 1,200. Lower your caloric intake slowly, maybe 300 calories at a time, and focus on minimizing your portions before making drastic changes to your diet.
10. Turn off your notifications.
Focus on your tasks at hand. If you are constantly interrupted by social media notifications, you lose time while cooking, folding laundry, writing emails or finishing your workout.
11. Be prepared.
Spend a few hours cooking family meals/snacks on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Store them in Tupperware containers, making it easier for everyone to grab-and-go throughout the week.
12. Create a family schedule.
Strive for consistency. Your body, your children and your success will thrive in a disciplined and consistent environment.
13. Focus on reflection.
Think about your journey weekly and be honest about your struggles. Find solutions, create a plan, execute and try again until you master your challenge.
14. Focus on progress, not perfection.
Don’t be too hard on yourself. Nobody is perfect. As long as you continuously strive to better yourself, you are ultimately progressing and on the right track.
Disclaimer: You should consult your physician or another health care professional before starting this or any other fitness program or making nutritional changes.