New Year, New You

It’s that time of year again. We go straight from the lovely holiday season, filled with not-so-good-for-you food, and splurging on extra gifts, maybe drinking a little more than usual, ect, into “I vow to never eat chocolate until 2016”.

Honestly, I’ve never been a huge fan of the idea that you need to set a goal that starts on January 1st. Why not start now? Personally I keep a list of 5 small things to work towards every year and like to look back around this time and see how far I’ve come. Be inspired to improve, not perfect, and you’ll be a heck of a lot happier. We are only human, ya know?

Glamour January 15 published this great article about shaping up (which is always a personal goal of mine) that I had to share: The Body Project. The article features amazing and positive advice to keep you motivated. Oh, and the published article features a shoot with Alessandra Ambrosio. Not bad motivation at all.

1. Focus on today’s goal, not long term: Aiming to lose 20 lbs is great, but it wont keep you motivated. Says celebrity trainer Ashley Borden. The instant gratification of achieving smaller goals like actually getting up for your morning workout today, tomorrow, and the day after that, will.

2. Don’t say anything negative about your body, not a thing! “The point of a resolution is to improve, not to tear yourself apart,” says Borden. “So no talking sh-t”. Feeling critical? Write down your thoughts- and then throw them away.

3. Log the cardio: Make it the high-intensity, interval-training variety and you’ll need just 20 minutes, two or three days a week, to maximize weight loss. “Intervals give you a major postworkout calorie burn,” says Borden. Go to glamour.com/interval-training for a do-anywhere routine.

4.Tone all of your parts: “A lot of women work only on the muscles they see in the mirror,” says Borden.  Include moves that strengthen your back, butt, and hamstrings, and you’ll help reverse the computer-body syndrome that comes from sitting at a desk all day.

5.Take 5 minutes to stretch after a workout: “Recovery is just as important as training,” says Borden, “yet no one gives a crap about stretching until they start falling apart”. At the very least, do it while you watch TV. But do it.

& More Advice:
1.Drink like a grown up: Rachel Beller, R.D., founder of Beller Nutritional Institute in Beverly Hills says “aside from the harm that drinking too much can do to your health-there’s no way you can knock back cocktail after cocktail and lose weight. I just saw a patient who was surprised when I explained that her drinking was the equivalent of eating two snickers bars, four times a week”.  Keep it to no more than two drinks, two times a week.

2. Do a different kind of cleanse: want to flush your body of toxins? Then cleanse your fridge and pantry of packaged, processed, foods and gross frozen dinners. Replace them with fresh produce and foods that have short ingredients (aim for under 5) and are as minimally processed as possible. Don’t feel it’s necessary to do a liquid fast as “you’ll achieve absolutely nothing from a juice cleanse but negative results.  You might lose weight, but why? Because most juice cleanses are so low in calories that you end up cannibalizing your own lean muscle and slowing down your metabolism. That’s why everyone gains weight after a cleanse, its probably the worst thing you can do”.

3. Get a hell of a lot more sleep: You can’t lose weight, be happy, use your brain, and stay healthy without at least seven and a half hours of shut-eye every night.

4. Treat workouts like a business meeting: put them on your calendar, and honor them.