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I know, I know… new year means, “new me” right?  Wrong!  I’ve realized that I’ve been looking at getting healthy incorrectly all of these years.  I didn’t start putting on my weight till after I had kids, so I guess, you could say that my mentality was a tad bit construed, or maybe I was just lazy.  But, this year (I actually started in December 2017), I’m making a change in not only my thoughts and how I view things, but what I’m doing to get to my healthy me.  Today I share with you my 2018 Personal Fitness Goals.  I whole-heartily agree that a person’s fitness and health goals should be tapered and adjusted, customized and unique to that particular person.  We aren’t cookies, so, therefore, we shouldn’t have cookie-cutter goals and routines.  Don’t you agree?

Try New Things:  I really want to be able to embrace new workouts by trying new things and including a variety of different stuff.  By doing so you will encourage your body to continue burning fat for energy and increasing your metabolism.  While I know it, I often get stuck in the same rut.  My schedule is never my own, so I workout and exercise around everyone else’s time.  Because of this, I find myself doing what I know works and that fits within that given time frame.  The problem is that my body eventually gets to a standstill and as I plateau, I get discouraged.  I have somewhat figured out a way around this.  By creating a schedule block of different exercises throughout the week, changing between interval training, cardio and stretching as well as a good walk/jog each week, my body will still be active while still burning fat and building leaner muscle.  Adding in additional dance and hip-hop fitness into the mix is a great way to jumpstart the routines as I’m changing them around throughout the month.  I’ll test my theory and I’ll get back with all of you on how it has worked for me.

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Get Running:  I also look at my current fitness and exercise regimen and compare it to what I used to do before.  I bet most people didn’t know that I was a runner.  I ran cross country and track in middle school and high school.  I used to be pretty fast too.  After a few ankle injuries in the last 20-25 years and a bad knee, I stopped running or even jogging and it’s been a struggle for me to get back on track.  By the end of this year, I want to be able to at least jog without being in so much pain.  I have been slowly increasing my walks to a light jog lately and I noticed that it’s a challenge for my aches and pains.  But with proper support and effort, I think I can include low impact running into my workout routine before the end of the year.

 

Planks, Pull ups and Push ups – oh my:  Before planks were a popular thing, my Daddy had me doing them along with pull ups and push ups each day.  It’s how I kept my core strong and strengthened my arms so that I could paddle my surfboard out to the wave breaks and stand up on the board, balance and catch a wave.  It’s been years since I’ve been able to really do any of those things.  However, I’ve been slowly incorporating all three into my exercise regimen the last month.  I’d love to be able to do planks, push ups and pull ups easily, without having to stop to take a break between each set.  I’d also like to be able to do it the challenging way instead of easy.  I think by incorporating a little of it in each workout, by the end of the year, I’ll be to able to do it without struggling.

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Positive affirmation and goals:  You see the photo above?  Well, that photo was taken in 1998, back when I was smaller than a size 8 and 125 lbs wet.  It seems like a lifetime ago.  Obviously, I have had three children (2 pregnancies) and I weigh more than 150 lbs above that weight that I am in that photo.  I’m realistic that I can do well and I can lose my weight, tone my muscles and build lean muscle, but, honestly, I will never look the same again.  I will have saggy skin once I lose my weight and that’s something I have to deal with, but I will be healthy and happy because I accomplished it all.  My biggest fitness goal this year is to use my past body as inspiration, determination and drive to be a healthier person, not using it as a way to bring me down.  Our lives are filled with enough negativity and lack of drive, that I want to make sure that I’m not soaking all the bad energy in.  I’m doing all of this for a healthier me so that I can be there for my husband and sons.  It doesn’t matter what anyone says or the looks they give because it doesn’t feed my drive to be a better me.  My goal this year is to keep positivity around me as much as possible so that I can be much more successful in this healthier lifestyle.

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Just me on one of my daily walks.

My 2018 Fitness goals are minimal but I believe they will make a huge impact on me.  Besides, when we try out new things or focus on things to drive us, sometimes starting off small is the key.  What about you?  Do you have any fitness goals for this year?  Is there anything in particular that you would like to try or incorporate into the year to get you on track?

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I’m all about exercise and staying active, cardio and weight resistance, but I also love using resistance bands to help strengthen my ankles.  About 6 years ago I sustained a bad injury to my left ankle, resulting in a class 3 sprain.  Now, I would have rather my ankle break completely so that it would heal properly, but due to the fact that it did not, my injury is a burden constantly.  Having had several physical therapy appointments over the years, resistance bands has become a part of my lifestyle.  I have tried several different types and brands and found that the PhantomFit Resistance Loop Bands have become a favorite of mine to use.

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The PhantomFit Resistance Loop Bands ($12.99) is an affordable way to get in your exercises without all the strain of weights.  The sets include a total of four bands and one nylon carrying bag.  The bands included are:

  • 1 Blue “Light” Band
  • 1 Red “Medium” Band
  • 1 Green “Heavy” Band
  • 1 Black “X-Heavy” Band

After injuring my ankle, I have been using resistance bands to strengthen my ankle.  While most bands do work well, I like the fact that the PhantomFit bands come in four different strengths, allowing me to start my exercises with a light band and when I’m comfortable, work my way up to the X-Heavy band (black).  I also like that my husband and sons can use the bands as well.  My husband, who can easily use the Black band, enjoys using the bands to strengthen his shoulder (which he had surgery on about 6 years ago).  As a family, we also love using the bands as a form of exercise in place of our weights.  Using the bands work well form arm, leg and ankle work outs and I love that they are durable, light weight and portable.  If we are traveling, this can easily be tucked into our luggage or overnight bag without taking up any room.

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PhantomFit also offers a 100% lifetime no-hassle free replacement guarantee.  If it breaks, they will replace it.  Overall, I am impressed with these bands and my family and I have enjoyed them over the last month.  We incorporate them in our daily work out routines as well as use them to strengthen the parts of our body that need Physical Therapy.  This will definitely become a brand we will use moving forward in the future.

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