January Resolutions | February Motivation

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[January Resolutions | February Motivation]

||Brittany Rowan- www.vodkaandbirthdaycake.com||

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New Year's resolutions are easy to make and hard to keep, which is why I secretly believe that all those anti-resolution makers are just lacking confidence in themselves or self control. I have almost zero self control, but that doesn't mean I don't love any opportunity for a fresh start and a clean slate, which is why I always make resolutions. I also enjoy a good  personal challenge.

A huge resolution theme for many people is health and wellness, which is understandable considering it's something most of us can improve upon and because good health is crucial both presently and in our future. When I'm healthy and active, although it requires discipline and early morning dedication (my choice), I am absolutely at my best. I sit down at the start of each workday with a better attitude and am more patient when things aren't going well, personally and professionally. The past year and a half that I've been regularly going to the gym has shown me that working out is just as important for my mental health as it is my physical health. There are days when I wake up stressed out about my job or am just feeling bit negative towards everything in general; on those days I get myself out of bed at 6:00am, not for my body, but for my brain. Another plus, on those mornings that I workout, my food choices are much different than on days when I choose to sleep because I do NOT wake up early and work my ass off to pack those calories back on with a bagel and cream cheese, no I most certainly do not.

They say it takes thirty days to create a habit. It took me a little over twenty nine years but for about a year now I have been working out three days per week, no less. What's depressing is that I recently read an interview of a celebrity who spoke about her workout routine and said she started out slow, "only" working out three days per week and then built up to seven days per week...crickets. First, let me just say that I was very proud of my three day per week status, but apparently that's for amateurs. Second, it made me realize that it was time to step it up.

So happy SECOND month of the year. My 2016 health and wellness related goal was to incorporate one additional day into my weekly workout routine. Sounds easy, but my current three days seemed to just baaaaarely fit into my schedule. How am I doing now that we're in the fifth week of the year? Terrible! I hit my four day per week goal the first two weeks of the year and then I went to Europe for two and half weeks where I ate crepes for breakfast, pasta for lunch, and fondue for dinner. It was heavenly and now I look like I've fallen in love except the truth is I fell in a dark Swiss hole of cheese and chocolate. Oye, Brittany!

As I write this on my flight back home, I'm reflecting on an incredible (and exhausting) trip filled with memories, stories, and enough wine to fill a barrel. I  stayed out with my friends until four in the morning in a bar we stumbled upon in the middle of a park in Milan, skied three countries in one day and conquered the Swiss Wall (I also conquered gluhwein). Did I put my regimen to the side while indulging on a special trip? I sure did. Do I feel as thought my resolution is squashed and not worth pursuing? Absolutely not. Resolutions are put in place as a reminder of the things we want to incorporate or eliminate from our lives, throughout the year. There's no sense in working hard if you can't indulge every once in a while. So if you're reading this and you're thinking of all the resolutions you've already blown, you haven't blown anything. In fact, you have exactly 331 days to get back and stay on track.

If you need some extra motivation to get back on track, here are some tips that I find helpful when I'm straying from where I should be four mornings per week, the gym:

  • Buy Cute Workout Attire-Stare at that adorable tank and not your arm fat
  • Carry a Cool Water Bottle-It's basically a gym purse, I recommend S'well (mine is beach cottage-25oz)
  • Make a Playlist Ahead of Time-Spend some time putting together a playlist that will keep you motivated when you're losing steam. I listen to slow R&B which some find weird, but who wouldn't be motivated by music that makes you want to make-out? Duh.
  • Go with a Friend-No one appreciates being stood up and that includes your gym bestie. Bonus is, you can grab coffee after. Or wine, if you workout in the evening. Or afternoon. Or you're just a lady of leisure and can drink wine at 9:00am. Goals.

If all else fails, just spend a day outside the gym, find someone really attractive, and start going at the same time. There's nothing like a secret gym crush to keep you going back.

Good luck to you. Good luck to me. We can do this. Just think, we have approximately two months before patio happy hours start back up, lets be the girls who are ready to bare arms before we start sweating. God speed.

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