Happy New Year!
We had a simple, low-key and peaceful NYE this season in our PJs. Dinner and a movie, plus some of our favorite Netflix shows…I guess you can say we’re guilty of #netflixandchill haha. Definitely no regrets.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I posted my before + after pics of using Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide (BBG). To say I was scared of tapping “publish” on such a vulnerable image is an understatement. But, all my life I’ve had the bad habit of “committing” to fitness verbally, so in a way this gesture was a way of putting my money where my mouth is.
But really, what helped motivate me over the past four months was seeing so many transformation pictures on IG. Every. Single. Night. I scrolled through hashtags related to BBG and Kayla Itsines’ diehard fans. This is what helped propel me to not give up my motivation. In time, the daily workouts became a habit, as I’ve been at it for 16 weeks now…
Because I despise resolutions (as they are usually success-proof) I compiled a list of non-resolutions goals for 2017. Maybe one year I’ll be fancy and choose the one-word goals, but I’m a work in progress and I made a laundry list.
1. Repeating BBG
My biggest goal this year is to get my body into the best shape of my life. I’ve referenced my body image issues in other fitness posts, so I won’t rehash them here. But since my goal is to get in the best shape of my life come summer, and reward myself with a few cute bikinis, my goal is to repeat BBG several times this year. Two rounds will keep me busy through June! After that, I plan on–yes–repeating BBG again and again.
Although I am seeing results with BBG, I am still self-conscious about my upper body. Coincidentally, BBG Arms are what I struggle with the most. I plan on incorporating weight lifting this month to help me power through BBG Arms.
This 30 Day Arm Challenge by Alive and Well is the perfect addition to my routine! Hopefully my arms will catch up with my legs (which are looking so much thinner than I thought possible after just one round!)
3. Counting Macros
For a while, I followed the IIFYM If It Fits Your Macros movement and tracked macros on MyFitnessPal (user NorthernBelleDiaries if you want to follow me there).
What I learned: I wasn’t getting anywhere near the minimum 1400 calories OR my protein goals. Once I started making sure I consumed more calories, I became less cranky. I realized I had to supplement my calories with more protein sources when I had all three meals, plus snacks, and still was low on protein. I’ve experimented with a few protein shakes, Quest being one of them, but I’m not impressed. I just ordered a few samples from Ideal Fit for $10 (and free shipping!) so I’m hoping I like one of them.
4. Re-immersion in Music
I’ve always found it unbelievable that, as someone with a degree in music, I rarely listen to the radio. I also rarely listen to music. Weird? Maybe. But music is SUCH a huge part of my soul that it can distract me from the task at hand. I’m definitely not one of those who can work on problem-solving (i.e. coding for web designs) while listening to music, so white noise like the TV is the way to go.
However, I’ve noticed a drastic change in my moods since I’ve stopped performing on a weekly basis. I’m angrier. I’m not sure why little things anger me so much, but I have a strong suspicion that it’s because I’ve closed the healthy outlet that music serves for me.
This year, despite barreling through BBG pre-training and the 12-week BBG program, I still find myself needing to blow off some more steam (see above). In addition to setting aside some time for music (be it listening or singing) I also plan on taking some time to just be. No distractions. No electronics. Thankfully we don’t live too far from the beach so if I just need to get away from whatever is stressing me out at the moment, the healing power of ocean air is just a few minutes away.
6. Letting Go
Tay shared a pearl of wisdom in today’s post.
Hanging onto anger and jealousy is like walking around with hot coals in your hand.
By the time you find the person you want to throw them at, only you are burnt.
I need to practice letting go of things I cannot change, be it events or people’s actions and words.
Have you set goals for 2017?