getting fit in 2017

2016 is almost over! Just a couple more days and then it will be the new year! A fresh start and all of the exciting energy that goes along with that! Have you set your goals for 2017 yet?

Every year, many people make the New Years resolution to “get fit!” which is great. Sadly, many of them won’t still be working on them one month later. Most resolutions get abandoned pretty quickly after the high from the increased motivation fades. So what can you do to make 2017 an even better year for you and your fitness?

Want to set and actually achieve your goals for 2017?! I use these 5 steps when setting all of my goals and it helps so much! Want to join me in making 2017 the year for improving your fitness!?

Getting Fit in 2017

Get Specific

The last thing you want to do is make a resolution to “get fit.” Goals like that are impossible to tell if you have achieved them and it’s hard to stay motivated when you are working towards something so vague. Instead, think about what you really want to get out of your goals and your “why.”

Do you want to lose 50 lbs? Be able to do a pull-up? Run 5 miles? These are all goals that you can specify and actually say “yes, I achieved that!” It’s also much easier to determine the steps that you need to take to reach that goal when you have a clear goal in mind.

Your “Why”

As I said above, your “why” is so important to achieving your fitness goals. It can be simple or complex, and it doesn’t have to be just one reason. What it does need to be is true to you. My why? To be able to be physically active with my future kids! That is my biggest one, but I do have others too 🙂 So really dig in and think about why you want to get fit and what exactly getting fit means to you!

Set Smaller Milestones

Let’s say that you want to be able to run 5 miles by the end of the year. Smaller milestones would be the stepping stones to get you to that goal. Maybe you could set one to complete a 5k training program by July. Another to compete in a 5k. And another to hit 4 miles. These give you things to celebrate and achieve along the way. A year can seem like a long time and your focus can shift away from your annual goal pretty easily during that time period.

Be Realistic

Pushing yourself on your goals is great. You should push yourself! But you want to set goals that are reasonable too. You probably would not want to be 70 lbs overweight and not having worked out recently and setting a goal to complete an Ironman in 2017. Push yourself, but don’t set yourself up for failure.

Check in Regularly

Set dates throughout the year that you can check in with your goal progress. These can be anything from weekly to every couple of months, though I wouldn’t make them any less than that. Have your goals written out somewhere that is easy to see or access to make it even simpler! The key is that you want to keep your goals fresh in your mind and regularly being evaluating how well you are doing working towards them.

Will you be joining me in getting fit for in 2017?! I have already set my fitness goal for the year: to be able to do a full body-weight chin-up! What is your goal going to be? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!

2016 in review and my goals for 2017

I can’t believe that 2016 is almost over. In many ways, this year has just flown past. In others, I look back and can’t believe how much has changed in just one year!

How I did on my goals for 2016 and what I plan to achieve for 2017! Push yourself and set S.M.A.R.T. goals!

My 2016 has been a whirlwind of changes. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Launched my Etsy store!
  • Blogged (mostly) consistently for the whole year.
  • Got a job at the YMCA as a group fitness instructor! (I definitely didn’t see that one coming at the beginning of the year!)
  • Along with that, I really embraced my passion for fitness, turning it from something I try to do to something I love doing!
  • Draz and I got 3 pet rats and they are adorable. So we now have 2 dogs and 3 rats 🙂

Before I get into my goals and plans for 2017, here is how I did on my goals for this year:

Personal

  1. Keep my workouts at an average of 5-6 days a week.DONE! Excluding when I was injured or ill, most weeks I worked out at least 5 days a week, especially over the last half of the year!
  2. Take 1 exercise classDONE! As I said above, loving my classes at my gym!
  3. Take 1 class for building a new skill, like metalworking, painting, or wire wrapping. – Nope. I wish I had, but that just didn’t work out the way I hoped.
  4. Start and/or complete 1/3 of my Day Zero project – Nope. I did make progress and have a lot that are in the planning stage, but I did not finish 1/3 of my project. I am close 1/4 either started or completed though!

Blog and Business

  1. Average 3 posts a week on the blog – Nope. And I’m actually pretty happy about this. I decided that quality wins over quantity in this case and am happily blogging twice a week right now.
  2. Learn how to use 1 new platform or social media site –  DONE – Check out my Pinterest here and I’ve been stepping up my Twitter game too!
  3. Have at least one guest post on the blogDONE
  4. Launch my jewelry business and make first sale – DONE! I have launched and made 24 sales now! It’s a slow start, but I have high hopes for next year!

So that is a brief overview of how my 2016 went. I wish that I could convey just how much I have changed and grown this year….there are so many things happening that I never imagined or hoped for! This year has really helped me discover some of what I hope the rest of my life will include 🙂

Now, on to 2017!!!

I love setting annual goals, but there are some things to keep in mind. For goals to really work for you, they must be S.M.A.R.T! Specific. Measurable. Achievable. Realistic. Timely.

This is one of my favorite acronyms. It is so true! If you design your goals with this in mind, you will be so much more likely to succeed!

Personal Goals:

  1. Get certified in at least 3 different fitness classes.
  2. Complete a chin-up

Business Goals:

  1. Sell 240+ pieces
  2. Sell at 6+ craft markets (along with 2 weekly farmers’ markets)
  3. Buy my own kiln.

Blog Goals:

  1. Have at least 5 guest posts on my blog.
  2. Write at least 5 guest posts for others.
  3. Finish and release my Meal Prep E-book!
  4. Collaborate with one company for a post, giveaway or in some other way.

So those are my goals for this coming year! I will be checking in on how I’m doing on these on a regular basis! I will probably also post a few updates this year so you can see how I’m doing and be reminded to check in on your own goals too!

Have you set your goals for 2017? I would love to hear about them, so please share a few in the comments below!

2015 In Review and My Goals for 2016

2015…What a year! I have been thinking over how to sum up 2015 and it’s been difficult to say the least. 2015 has been a year all about change and growth for me, in so many ways. I am so thankful for the support of both my parents and Draz (formerly known as Boyfriend :-P) throughout this year. As with any period of growth, this year was not without it’s frustrations and difficulties and I don’t know what I would have done without them!

My relationship with Draz has been one of the biggest factors in the changes that have occurred. We’ve been together for a little over a year and a half now and it’s through his support, feedback and help that I have found the confidence and motivation to finally do some of the things that I had dreamed about in the past!

One of the major changes of the year: I started this blog! I can’t believe I have been blogging since April! (really May, since April just had my Introduction post) This blog and all of of the people that it has brought into my life have helped motivate me, push me and grow my confidence, along with so many other things.

The other huge change this year: I am finishing this year in the best shape of my life! I have struggled with my weight and fitness for so many years and for the first time in my life I feel comfortable and secure in my own body. No, I’m not where I would like to be yet, but I now believe that I will be and I’m loving the process of getting there! Plus I have found such an amazing community of BBG ladies on this journey and I can’t wait to get to know some of them better!

While these two things are the biggest changes this year, there are so many other smaller ones…many of which I can credit to the confidence I have found through my blogging and fitness journey!

I am happier and more content than I have been in so many years. I have formed a couple new friendships this year, though this is something I still really need to work on….I have a hard time meeting new friends.

I also started making things again, which is something that I have really missed. I’ve even put some of my pieces up in the house! Our home is really starting to come together more and I have been decorating, which I hadn’t done very much of in all the years I have lived here.

All in all, this year has been amazing…So many changes, many of which I would have never dreamed of a couple years ago!

Now we are on to the next difficult part: A few of my favorite photos from this year! This has been really really hard for me to narrow down! Enjoy!

 

If 2015 is any indication, 2016 is going to be an incredible year! Here are my goals for the coming year!

Personal

  1. Keep my workouts at an average of 5-6 days a week.
  2. Take 1 exercise class
  3. Take 1 class for building a new skill, like metalworking, painting, or wire wrapping.
  4. Start and/or complete 1/3 of my Day Zero project

Blog and Business

  1. Average 3 posts a week on the blog
  2. Learn how to use 1 new platform or social media site
  3. Have at least one guest post on the blog
  4. Launch my jewelry business and make first sale

What things from this year are you really excited or pleased about? Any surprises? What about your goals for the upcoming year? I’d love to hear your thoughts and plans!

Sara (1)

My Top 5 Tips for Setting Goals for 2016

Ah, the new year…The time for reflection, celebration and resolutions. Next year everything is going to be perfect! I’m going to do all of these amazing things to change my life! Right?!

Ok, while there are people out there who set their resolutions like that, that’s not what I’m talking about today. Honestly, I’m not a big fan of resolutions. Most of them sound exactly the same and very few are achievable. They are generally these huge, vague yet life-changing statements with no actionable plan as to how to go about making those changes. Get in shape! Eat healthy! Save money! Quit my job! All great concepts, but without breaking these things down and planning out how you want to do that, these things are almost impossible to stick to.

It’s my belief that setting resolutions like these are the reason a lot of people only stick with whatever resolution they set for the first few weeks and then continue on with life in exactly the same way they were pre-resolution.

Now, goals….those are a different story. I love goals! As you’ve seen in previous months (like this post and this one, for example) I love setting goals for myself. Some months I do well, some not so well. But I always have those goals in the back of my mind. I’m currently working on my goals for the next year, so I want to share some of that planning process and mindset with you!

  1. Be specific. Goals work best when they are clearly stated and you can look at them and say “Yes I finished that goal” or “No, I didn’t.” Being specific also makes it much easier to break down that goal into smaller pieces, especially if you have a larger, more complex goal in mind.
    • DSCN1222_picmonkeyedExample: You want to to end 2016 in better physical shape than you are at the end of 2015. What does that look like to you? Does that just mean you’ve lost weight, or you can lift a certain amount? Are you going to exercise, change your diet, maybe both? How many times a week do you want to exercise? How do you want to change your diet? These questions can go on, but you get the idea.
  2. Be realistic. Setting a goal that is far beyond what is possible is not only setting it up to fail, but is very demotivating and demoralizing. While I know that some of the goals you may have in mind are huge life changes, realize that they may not be achievable in one year. How can you break those down into 1-2 smaller, more manageable goals that you can work on this year to get you to your ultimate larger goal?
    • Example: You want to start your own business, quit your day job and be self employed full time, making $100,000 a year. Outside of extreme examples (I’m sure that there are a few people that have managed this) this probably isn’t likely to happen in one year. Especially if you haven’t even started your business yet. Instead break that down into a few smaller goals, like getting the business started and making your first few sales.
  3. Write it all down. Don’t just write out you main goal. Write down the steps you will need to take to get to that goal, plans for setbacks, smaller goals within that main goal, etc. Planning is essential for success.
    • DSCN1439_picmonkeyedExample: You want to start eating healthier. You’ve already narrowed down what that looks like and how you want to achieve it. Now write down steps like finding X number of healthy recipes, cleaning out your pantry, setting up for meal prepping or cooking in general, etc. Plan how you will stay on track through things that might cause you difficulty, like stress, holidays or eating out.
  4. Pick a focus. By this, I mean choose goals that focus on 1-2 areas of your life, instead of spreading yourself thin trying to change everything. Now, I mostly mean this for brand new goals, not continuations of existing goals. But even then I would say not to try to focus on too many at once. Change can be hard. Cliche, I know, but true. Instead of trying to change something in every area of your life and overwhelming yourself, try to narrow it down to a couple areas that mean the most or would have the most impact.
  5. Plan, Plan, Plan! Ok, I know this was kinda covered in all the other tips, but it’s important enough that I felt it needed it’s own number. Start planning now for the changes you want to make in 2016! Goals are much easier to start working on if you have everything laid out, and sometimes the planning period alone can take a week or two.
    • DSCN1580_picmonkeyedExample: You want to exercise 6 days a week. Lay out where you will exercise, what exercise options you want or have available, what time of day works best with your schedule, etc. Spend a week or two looking at your schedule and how your week generally goes, noting when you have the most availability or energy. If you need to join a gym, now would be the perfect time to start looking at them and pick which one to join.

So there you have it! My top 5 tips for setting your goals for 2016! What tips do you have to set and succeed at your goals for the coming year? I would love to hear them! Let me know!

Sara (1)