I’m getting my final touches on my game plan for 2012. I know life is going to happen, and it will probably make 2012 even better the the plan. Nevertheless, I have set and written my goals down and now I have a plan on how to reach them. Without a plan or the proper tools, I could not even dream of achieving any of them. I have been brainstorming for the past month about how the best way to go about making 2012 productive, healthy, and happy.
I reached 3 big conclusions:
1. I have to really want it otherwise I won’t work for it.
2. It’s going to hurt. I’m changing my old, easy habits. Whether it’s sore muscles from a challenging workout or being tired from working full time as a teacher and blogger, it’s new and a challenge. I have to fight the temptation to quit when it gets tough.
3. I need the right tools to make the process a little easier.
Going off #3, I want to share what I will be using starting in 2012. This is not a sponsored post or anything–just stuff I love or want to try.
Goals: I love Chalene Johnson‘s goal setting tools. I haven’t tried her higher priced motivational series or anything, but her book, Push, is an excellent tool for creating your goals. I have already read it in order to get a jumpstart on the new year, but you can read it anytime. In the first section of the book, she breaks setting your goals into small steps spread across 30 days. The second part of the book is based on finding your “soulmate workout” and creating a healthy diet. It’s a quick read and jam packed with good information.
Fitness: I won RKS’ Kettlebell System at the perfect time! The program is laid out into 30 minute workouts 4 days a week. I was really worried about fitting in my workouts with this new job, and the short programs will be perfect! I am also planning on doing TurboFire‘s HIIT workouts 1-2 times a week. I just love them, and they are also short (15-30 minutes). I am entering RKS’ Transformation Contest too as a extra motivator! 1st place is a trip to Hawaii!
Nutrition: Starting 1/2/12, I will be following the Eat Clean Challenge using the meal plans provided here. I am in love with Tosca Reno’s no gimmicks Eat Clean Diet. After the challenge, I plan on continuing to eat clean while still having a 10% splurge in my diet. I want to be fit and healthy as always, but I never want to be on a diet. I prefer to have a healthy diet mixed with foods I love both healthy & sugary.
Giving up Cokes: As ya’ll know, I love Diet Coke. It is my morning brew and afternoon pick-me-up; it feels like a natural extension of my hand some days. While I don’t believe 1 Diet Coke here or there is going to hurt me, I do want to keep limiting it. I am adjusting with water, tea, and flavored drinks. Sparkling Ice has become my favorite, but it is a bit pricey ($1 a bottle, no 2 liters).
I decided to splurge at JC Penney yesterday because they had a sale plus a coupon for a SodaStream machine. So far I’ve tried Diet Grape Fruit and Energy. Both flavors are really good, but I made it with extra fizz. The machine says to push the button 3 times for fizz, but I like about 5 pushes. It tastes more like a coke then to me. I really like that the ingredients are healthier. It contains no corn sugar or aspartame, and some flavors have caffeine. (Not advertising at all. I’m just really excited about it!)
Giving up Tanning: I decided to give up my tanning bed habit after my mom had to get a spot taken off of her arm. I’ve also have had 3 moles removed because they were “iffy” about being cancerous. I don’t know why it didn’t click that tanning was dangerous before now. Maybe vanity won out, but now I don’t care. I will be white, or I will spray tan. After experimenting with spray booths and lotions, I absolutely love the Versa Spa. We have a SunTanCity here, and they offer an unlimited package for about $50 a month. It’s way more expensive than just tanning, but it is saving my skin and possibly my life. Plus, no wrinkles worries! Maybe I am still a bit vain :P
Right kind of Rewards: One of my biggest health blunders is dieting through the week and pigging out Friday night with 5 Guys Burgers & Fries or a large Chicago style pizza. I see the tasty food as a treat for my hard work and stress through the week, and I hate how easy it is for me to do think that. I am hoping to change my immediate reach for fries by adding in other activities to unwind. If I still want a good meal, I could choose something healthier or a smaller portion. If I achieve a small goal (working out all week, dieting all week, kids doing great on a test, etc), I may treat myself to a manicure or a new cd. This way my reward does not go against what I just accomplished.
So what are your favorite tools?
Have you tried a SodaStream before? What flavors do you like? I just saw the pure cane sugar flavors on their site, and I want them next!
You may also like our guide on how to stop drinking soda!