On the second day of Christmas I threw all good intentions out the window and hit the festive season hard ….
If this sounds at all familiar then you’re going to love today’s post because it will get you beyond READY and EXCITED about making it through the upcoming festive season with your hard efforts still showing.
Finally get that flat belly
And I know, I know, I’m jumping the gun a little here, but I spent the day yesterday working on my bikini-action-plan (as mentioned in last weeks chin-up challenge, which I hope you join me in!) and so I am just a little fired up about getting ready for summer.
And really, why wait until the last minute when everything is starting to feel ever so slightly out of control?
So. Let’s be honest – we’ve all been guilty of throwing our flat ab plans out the window from time to time.
Which is fine of course when it really is a now and then sort of thing. But if it’s for the entire month of December, I’m guessing the guilts are going to kick in well before January 1st. This is just one reason why I believe New Year’s resolutions tend to be just a little too admirable. Or, to put it another way – a little unrealistic.
Be honest now – hands up if you’ve ever followed a New Year’s resolution for more than a few days? In my experience (personally and professionally), even making it to a month puts you ahead of the rest!
So this year (next year if we’re being technical) why not make some resolutions that are both admirable and achievable? And what better time to begin thinking about them than now – before so much merry-making has been had that you throw all hope out the window!
kat’s top 5 have-a-hot-new-year-resolutions
1. Less is More
When it comes to exercise, less really is more. A great workout should last 40-50 minutes max and can be as short as 10 or 15 minutes. This New Year, don’t try to make up for all of December by promising yourself you’ll hit the gym for 2 hours every day. Even if you stick to it, it won’t work. The ideal time for a positive metabolic and hormonal time frame is under an hour – think quality, not quantity. If you’d like some regular workout programs (daily or weekly) delivered to your inbox then be sure to get on the list for the next Woman Incredible VIP launch!
2. 80/20 rule
The 80/20 rule has been used over and over, and is recommended by experts in any field you can imagine. Why? Because it works! How can you use the 80/20 rule to stay in shape? Eat well. This means real foods, as in from nature not packaged, at least 80% of the time, plus exercise or even 10 minutes of ‘movement’ 80% of your days. I’d also like to include deliberately focusing on positive thinking at least 80% of the time. Using affirmations is great for this.
3. Follow the FPC rule
Fats. Proteins. Carbs. Most of us can benefit from all of these vital macronutrients in some form or another, although it is possible to be 100% carb-free and healthy. Our needs differ according to your Biosignature profile, but a basic rule is to include some form of protein and fat at every main meal, and plenty of green carbohydrates at at least half your meals. Starches may be used post-training if you tolerate more carbs, or if fat loss is not your goal then go nuts with them! Remember always that real food sources are infinitely preferable to processed foods – that goes even for organic and sugar-free processed food. In a package = less okay 🙂
I threw this one in because I just couldn’t help it – and it rings so true! What’s GOYA? Get Off Your Ass! I admit, I did steal this term from a colleague, but I do love it and I think it’s a nifty way of reminding ourselves of the simplicity of doing, well – just that. Anytime, anywhere, any place – I know you’ve heard it all before, but incidental exercise really does work. It all adds up.
5. Make a commitment you can’t escape
Unfortunately, for most of us it’s easy to break commitments to ourselves. Especially when we’ve nothing truly riding on them. It’s a little harder to break commitments that will cause us pain in doing so. Why not make an agreement with a trusted and supportive family member or friend?
Give them a significant sum of your money and tell them that no matter what they cannot give that money back to you unless you follow through on your health and fitness commitments at least 80 percent of the time. When you get the cash back, enjoy a much deserved shopping spree!
With such a great list of do-able resolutions in place, now you can go out and enjoy the holidays (mostly) guilt-free!
Life is Now. Press Play.
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PPS: Want to make sure your 2012 not only starts with a bang but continues with a steadfast plan of action and a guarantee of transformation? Well then you’ll be wanting to check out my Feb 2012 with guest host Belinda Benn, International Fitness Model! We’ll be in Melbourne and Sydney for 2 full-day Woman Incredible Transformation Workshops, and numbers are strictly limited to 20 ladies per workshop! A few early birds have already seen my Events page and been in touch, so if you’re determined to make 2012 YOUR year then be sure to have a peek at the details over here!