Not only is it Monday, but it’s the day when most of the world is contemplating what their New Year’s resolutions are.  Not us.  I think of resolutions as pretty much a setup for failure.  That’s not to say that a resolution can’t work, but let’s play devil’s advocate for a moment and say it doesn’t.  How does that make you feel?  My first thought is not that you’re proud of yourself.  Maybe that you disappointed yourself or maybe that  it was unrealistic in the first place.  Do you reevaluate your game plan or just give up?

Ask anyone who regularly goes to the gym, yoga, pilates studio, regular beach run, etc. what do they hate most about the New Year?  That throughout January and early February there’s no room for them due to the influx of people who made the resolution to get fit in the New Year.  We all know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and our lives will soon be back to normal.  This doesn’t mean that we don’t wish for these people to continue on their fitness journey, it’s just statistics.

When I feel like my diet has gone awry and I need to get back in check, I don’t wait until Monday.  I do it the next day.  I plan my grocery list, plan my workouts and move forward.  This way I don’t have any days in between where I feel, eh let me eat like shit until Monday, it’s not like I don’t already have some work to do.  If I have work to do, why do I want more of it?  You know we all mentally trick ourselves when it comes to food and workouts.  That’s kind of how I feel people view New Year’s Day, I’ll wait until then.

Don’t wait, start today!  This time whatever you do, do it for yourself.  Think of how awesome you’ll feel tomorrow when you passed on the junk food tonight, had a few less cocktails and are bright eyed to start the New Year.  Permanent change doesn’t happen because we have a special occasion to dress for or an impending beach vacation.  Permanent change happens when we tell ourselves, I’m worth it!  Take a pic of yourself, track your progress and take another pic every month there after.  You’ll be amazed at what you see.

Now to share where I get my inspiration.  I’ve put together my favorite periodicals and books to get you through the New Year or whenever you decide  a healthy lifestyle is for you.

1. Oxygen Magazine.  Don’t be intimidated by the super fit models throughout, this mag is for everyone.  Not only are the workouts tried and true, but there is nutrition advice as well.

2.  Clean Eating Magazine.  My monthly food bible.  Chock full of recipes and a two week meal planner, this is a winner

3.  Eating Well Magazine.  This was one of my first healthy recipe finds many years ago.  It still has great recipes, not all of them completely clean, but easily adaptable.  I love the way they feature produce that is in season that month

4.  In Style.  Just because we live in workout clothes doesn’t mean we don’t have style on the street

5.  Women’s Health Training Guide 2013.  Bookazines are a great way to take the guesswork out of a complete workout

6.  The Eat Clean Diet Stripped.  Our go to guide for tightening our meal plans whether for one week or one month, this will definitely strip you of those extra pounds

7.  The Eat Clean Diet “Just The Rules”.  If I had a big purse, I’d keep this in it.  It makes a great gift for anyone who’s a regular clean eater or new to it.  It’s a simplified version of all the Eat Clean Diet books.  We’ll lovingly call it Eat Clean for dummies

8.  Your workout journal.  Pick one that works for you, lines, no lines…whatever is going to keep you motivated

Lastly, a little technology to get you motivated.  Mark gave me a Nike Fuel Band for Christmas, Yes!  With a little help from our techy friend JJ, I got it up and running Christmas Night.  I can’t wait to wear this ever day.  It allows you to set goals of fuel burned, calories and steps taken.  It’s got a great graphic that is available on your smart phone and your computer.  From what I can see, this is a winner!

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Remember, taking care of yourself is for you, not the date on the calendar.  You’ll be amazed at what you can do when you don’t put that type of pressure on yourself.

Happy New Year!