How’s Your New Year’s Resolution Going So Far?

Jan 08

How’s Your New Year’s Resolution Going So Far?

We haven’t even made it through the first half of January and many of us have already done something to sabotage our New Year’s resolution.

So what does this mean?

Lack of Dedication or Poor Structuring

It could show a lack of dedication, or it could be poor structuring. Chances are since we are so early in the year, you’re desire to be healthier or more fit hasn’t fizzled out yet. The problem is that you haven’t structured your days to fit the goals you’ve set for yourself.

Now that we are back into the flow of work, kids are back in school and the monotony of daily living is back upon us, what adjustments did you make to meet your goals?

If you’re still waking up at the same time, going to bed at the same time, still watching the same amount of television, etc., it’s going to be hard to implement new habits. You don’t have time to implement new habits because your 2015 life is starting off just like your 2014 life ended. There is something that is occupying every 24 hour slot throughout the day and you don’t have room to make adjustments.

Switch It Up

We can read every health and fitness article or blog known to man but without some type of action there won’t be any change. In order to create change and implement new strategies we must first make an assessment of what we are currently doing. If being too busy is a hindrance, we have to figure out what can be removed from our lives that’s not adding value or contributing to our goals.

Only a small percentage of people can honestly say they are effectively utilizing every single hour of their day. I read a meme the other day that joked about someone being too busy to workout but they were able to make it to the last level on Candy Crush. That meme pretty much summed up how most people’s lives are.

We seem to find time to do the things that we really want to do but make excuses when things are a little challenging. To combat this we have to ask ourselves, do we really want to do what it takes to reach our goals?

If you do, you have to switch up the routine. Something has to be removed in order to add workout time or extra prep time for cooking healthier meals. We only have 24 hours each day, so concessions have to be made.

It’s going to Be Hard

Being totally honest with you, eating healthy and consistently working out is not easy. If it were there would be way more people walking around with beach bodies. Some people find it easy to workout but struggle with their diet and vice versa.

I’ve heard some people say, they’d rather be fat and happy because the time and energy it takes to have a beach body is too much. I’m not mad at these people because it really is that hard. Next time you go to the gym, pay attention to the most fit people there. They are pushing themselves to the limit. It doesn’t look like the most fun thing in the world…it actually looks excruciating, but once they’re done they seem to walk with a bit more confidence than everyone else.

Conclusion

This tells me that the reward is greater than the pain. So don’t give up on what you want. Yes, it will be hard and there will be days that you will want to quit. Find your inner strength and keep fighting. You may have to remove some luxuries from your life like Candy Crush, but we are all given the same amount of time and there is nothing holding us back but ourselves.

Written by: Gminski Stubbs

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Have You Set Your 2015 Health and Fitness Goals?

Jan 02

It’s a new year and a new opportunity to get the body you know you deserve. So what’s going to make this year different. You are!

Far too often we blame everyone and everything except ourselves for not reaching our health and fitness goals.

For everyone out there that’s going to be on board with Slab World Fitness, let’s make this year the year of accountability. (For some reason I feel like I needed to put a hashtag in front of accountability)

Here are a few steps that will help you reach your 2015 health and fitness goals.

Write Them Down

Who hasn’t heard that you need to write your goals down? Writing down goals has been tested and proven by countless people over the years, but for every person you talk to that it has worked for, you can probably find two people that it hasn’t worked for.

The reason for it not working for these people can be debated, but studies show that the people who stick to their goals the best take it a step further and set deadlines.

Setting deadlines leads us into the second step, which is to make sure that your goals are realistic.

Be Realistic

Unrealistic goal setting is the quickest way to sabotage your goals. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself by comparing your situation to people you’ve seen on television or social media. We don’t always know the whole story and some of their methods may not be the healthiest.

Break your fitness goals up monthly and/or quarterly. This allows you to come back to them regularly and make adjustments according to your progress. By the way, there is nothing wrong with tweaking your goal list. Sometimes it may take a little longer to reach your bench press goal or your weight loss goal, so it should be adjusted. But there may be times when you reach your goals faster than expected, which will require some adjusting as well.

Partner Up

Having a good support system is a great way to stick to your 2015 goals. Share your goals with your personal trainer, workout partner or spouse. They will help you stay accountable and assist you through your process.

Conclusion

Like anything else in life, if it’s worth having, it won’t be easy. Let’s attack our goals list in 2015 with desire and passion. Make sure they are realistically set and revisit them on a regular basis.

Let’s make 2015 our best year.

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2015…Health, Fitness and Nutrition

Dec 30

2015…Health, Fitness and Nutrition

2015 Fitness, health, nutrition The New Year is almost here so all regular gym attendees have to get ready for the influx of newbies to the gym. Yep, the treadmills will all be filled, every class is going to be packed and trying to spot for bench pressing is going to be damn near impossible. As much as I love the New Year, crowded gyms are probably the worst part.

As for my 2015 fitness goals, I plan on eating much cleaner. 2014 was a great year for me as far as working out goes. I put in the time necessary to reach my fitness goal, I’m talking aerobic and anaerobic, but I must be honest, I fell short in the eating department.

I totally understand how and why people fall off track when it comes to sticking to a healthy eating regimen. Eating clean can tough because unhealthy food is so convenient and many healthy dishes can take a long time to prepare.  No that’s not an excuse but boy it sure is easy.

Let me be clear, my eating wasn’t a total failure in 2014. I had many good weeks and I don’t plan on plan on ever cutting out foods that I really enjoy completely. I believe that food is one of the great pleasures we have and I plan on pleasing myself every now and then…get your head out of the gutter.

Most fitness experts would agree that having a cheat meal from time to time is okay.  Incorporating cheat meals help to keep people like me sane. So between the guacamole, spinach and asparagus, I’m going to continue to squeeze an occasional cheeseburger in there.

I’m looking forward to 2015. Even though it’s going to be tough navigating through the gym for a month or two, I’m excited to get started. There will be a stronger dedication to the eating plan; with an occasional cheeseburger, but my eating will be much cleaner in 2015.

Tell me what your 2015 health and fitness goals are.
I’d love to hear what you’re planning to do and how you’re going to do it.

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