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7 Easy Steps to Help You Keep Your Fitness Goals All Year

7 Easy Steps to help you keep your fitness goals all year

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This New Year is no different than any other New Year for me. I set new goals, new routines and new habits in place at the start of every year. This year I am doing a major commitment to my health so fitness goals are at the top of my list. Two babies and a few illnesses later, I am sticking to my better ME. It’s not easy for many of us but today I’m sharing how I plan to stick to my goals in 7 simple steps plus my love for Jif Peanut Powder & overnight oats. Are you ready for a New Year, New You? If so join me. 

Keep Your Fitness Goals All Year Long 

1. Set Realistic Workout Goals

As a busy mom, I know I can commit to 20-30 minutes 3 days per week and 1 day of a 60 minute max class. The more realistic you are, the more likely you are to actually get it done. While your at it, pencil pen and key yourself in. Write it down, add it to your calendar, planner, phone and set the loudest most obnoxious alarm you can. Baby E is my morning alarm of course. Nothing like a hungry baby to get you up and going. 

Prepare workout outfits, accessories and equipment for the week to help you keep your fitness goals

2. Prep Workout Gear

Set out your outfit, accessories and any electronics the night before. Better yet, set out your outfits for the week. Since you scheduled all your workouts, you know what gear you need for each day so lay it all out. 

Prep easy high protein meals ahead of time to help you keep your fitness goals

3. Make Ahead Meals

One of my time saving habits as a mom has been to prep meals or even cook meals the night before or first thing in the morning. For workouts, I keep breakfast simple. A no fuss high protein energy boosting meal such as overnight peanut butter oatmeal is perfect. I’ve been known to eat this any time of the day because with a few additional ingredients, it serves as milk booster for this nursing mama. Remember I mentioned my new love for Jif Peanut Powder at the start? I recently discovered it at Walmart and it is great for so many reasons: 

  • It has lots of protein just like traditional peanut butter but 85% less fat. This is a total mom “needs her body back” win. 
  • It’s super easy to use in my overnight oats or in a quick smoothie if I forgot to set up my oats. ‘Mom Brain’ is real people. 
  • It’s made with one ingredients. ONE! Fresh roasted peanuts. That is a very big deal to me as I try to eliminate added salt, sugar and ingredients I can’t pronounce. I’m big on reading labels so I couldn’t help but to read the labels of some of the other peanut powder products and lets just say the ingredients list was far too long. 

Recipe: Peanut Butter Banana Apple Overnight Oats

Overnight Oatmeal is a great make ahead meal to help you keep your fitness goals

4. Lean On Me 

This is your support group. Just one or two friends with similar goals is needed. Check in with one another daily, set goals together and add some friendly competition. My mama friends and I have a competition going and we are serious about it. I will let you know when I win. 

5. Don’t Give Up

If you slip one day, get right back on the horse. It happens. I slipped on some ice cream just this weekend. I’m back on track now. See how easy that was? Don’t dwell on your hiccup. Acknowledge it and move on. 

6. Music 

Does music do it for you? If so, update your playlist. I tend to listen to one of my favorite stations on a streaming music app while I’m working out. I also have my backup playlist saved on my phone. A friend told me to listen to something I don’t usually listen to so I have been experimenting with some drum instrumentals. I love a great drum line. Some college out there should totally put together a drum major workout album. 

Having a goal outfit is a good way to ensure you keep your fitness goals

7. Goal Outfit

Showcase you fitter you outfit. This is probably my number one suggestion. I have a dress (yes this itty bitty thing is a dress) I purchased but never wore due to an illness on my birthday a few years ago. I still think it is super haute so now it is my goal dress. Post your goal outfit on social media and make it your screen saver everywhere. There is no better kick in the butt. If you already own it, hang it somewhere you can see it daily.

Print a copy of the 7 easy steps to keep your Keep Your Fitness Goals Checklist

7 Easy steps to help you keep your fitness goals all year long.

 

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So that’s it. 7 ways to jump start your fitness goals. Pick out your goal outfit, make overnight oats or your favorite smoothie with Jif Peanut powder (buy it at Walmart), pen yourself in and lets rock this New Year, New You. Do you have any tips to add to the list? Share them with me in the comments and get started today. 

7 Easy Steps to help you keep your fitness goals all year

 

Keep your fitness goals by using these 7 steps plus a free printable checklist.

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    mimi
    January 12, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    I love me some peanut butter powder. I add a banana, ice and a drop of chocolate syrup. I start the gym next week so I will be using these tips especially laying out my clothes.

    I haven’t tried overnight oats before but I am going to give the recipe a whirl because I hardly eat breakfast. Part of the reason is I hate cooking anything but my coffee in the morning!
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      M J
      January 13, 2016 at 3:39 PM

      Coffee in the morning is BAE but girl you know we need to eat to get our metabolism going. Let’s do this. What race are we running this year?

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    Stephanie
    January 14, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    Great tips for goal setting! I know if I don’t write it down it gets pushed to the side. A mom’s needs shouldn’t be the last on the list! Thanks for sharing your love of Jif Peanut Powder! {client}
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