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Jumpstart January

  • January 4, 2015
  • By Brittany
Jumpstart January

Hey there! Happy New Year! I hope you had an amazing holiday! They just seemed to fly by for me. I can’t believe it is 2015! This is the time of year where everyone makes resolutions and tend to focus on their health. For me January is not that different from any other month out of the year because I am always trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, however, this year is really different for me.  I actually have about 15 to lose of baby weight and I need to commit to exercise and healthy eating. While I’ve always been great at both, I now have the added challenge of taking care of a baby and while I used to eat healthy with a good dose of indulgences, I really need to make healthy eating a priority to help me lose the weight.

So all this is to say that Jumpstart January is just as much about me as it is about you! Let’s make a pact to put our best healthy foot forward this month.  I’ll be checking in here and I hope you do too no matter what your goals are.

Here are a few tips to get you started!

1. Every meal is a chance to make a healthy decision. Maybe you got takeout last night but that doesn’t have to mean a big breakfast. Approach each meal with the mindset that now you have a clean slate to make a good choice.

2. Don’t go cold turkey. It’s hard to eat healthy all the time. Start with small steps and slowly make changes everyday. For instance start by cutting out soda or other beverages and drinking more water. Then eliminate artificial sweeteners. Then start eating whole wheat, etc, etc. Baby steps will feel more manageable.

3. Juice it! My brother gave me a huge book of juices for Christmas and I want to start making juices at home (note to self–buy juicer). Juicing is a great way to get in some more fruits and veggies. Plus the combos can be really fun and tasty!

4. Start exercising.  If you don’t already, now is the time!  Start with thirty minutes or three bursts of ten minutes a day.  It’s not that hard and you’ll find that you begin to enjoy it!

5.  No more excuses.  This is a big one.  You have to leave your excuses at the door and be ready to make the change.  Make your health a priority in 2015 and you will not regret it!

On a slightly different note…One of the best parts of starting the new year is getting a round-up of the previous year.  I love getting my blogging report for the year and I have a few special shout outs today to my top commenters:

1. Kim from A Day with KT

2. Nicole from Foodie Loves Fitness

3. Nellie from Brooklyn Active Mama

4. Holly (my mom!)

5. Lisa from Lulu’s Big Adventure

You guys rock!  And thank you to ALL my readers and commenters.  This blog wouldn’t mean anything without you!  Xoxo!

Readers, what are your goals this year? Have you ever needed to lose weight– what are your best tips?  How do you overcome excuses?

By Brittany, January 4, 2015
  • Holly
    January 5, 2015

    #5 is all important. Leave your excuses at the door and get going to be healthy in 2015–that is what I telling key people in my life!! Who doesn’t need to loose weight or shape up at some point!

  • Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    January 5, 2015

    WOOHOOO, I dig you and your blog Britt! ๐Ÿ™‚

    These are awesome tips!! I really love every one of them, especially not making excuses. There are always ways to make excuses, you just have to push through the challenges and do it even when you don’t feel like it if you want to make a change in your life. And yes, you should get a juicer stat! I love mine and use it several times a week.

    • FitBritt
      January 6, 2015

      Thanks Nicole I feel the same!

      I think excuses can stop people in their tracks and it is so hard to overcome but totally doable!

  • Kim
    January 5, 2015

    Oh, thanks for the mention! You know I love your blog whether you are sharing workouts, NYC info, new classes or baby pictures – always great!!!
    I agree that the “no excuses” thing is HUGE!! I think so many people try to start with too much of a time/work commitment and scare themselves off.

  • Lisa @ Lulus Big Adventure
    January 5, 2015

    I’m famous! ๐Ÿ˜›

    I have a little bit of weight to lose too — obviously nothing that’s medically necessary (as I’m sure is also the case for you — but just to be back to a more comfortable/normal weight for me. All your tips are spot on! I’ll have to write them down and stick them on my mirror or something. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Good luck!

  • Lauren @ Fun, Fit, and Fabulous!
    January 5, 2015

    Those are some great tips and things I strive to incorporate every day. I just had a baby as well, and one of my New Year’s resolutions is to increase my strength through consistent strength training. As a busy mom, spending hours on cardio just isn’t an option, so I know how important it is to increase my lean body mass if I am going to have a fighting chance. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • FitBritt
      January 6, 2015

      Strength is so important! I actually enjoy strength and toning way more than cardio (although give me a little Zumba and I’m happy!). You are so right about it being more effective when you are short on time.

  • nellie
    January 5, 2015

    I am so honored to be on this list!! so many great tips here. loveeeeeee your blog. feels like an extension of me and even if I didn’t know you IRL I’d still read everyday ๐Ÿ™‚

    • FitBritt
      January 6, 2015

      Thanks Nellie! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love reading your blog too! I am especially excited that you are back teaching Zumba and your new love of running!

  • Carly @ Fine Fit Day
    January 6, 2015

    Great tips! I love number 1 because I think that’s a stumbling block for a lot of people – they feel like one meal/one day/one missed workout means it’s all over. When I was losing baby weight, the biggest thing for me was to give myself a break and not set any specific time goals. I also committed to lifting heavier at the gym, which was KEY for me, it made such a difference.

  • grace at leangirlsclub
    January 7, 2015

    One of my goals this year is to run 2,015 miles in 2015. I’ve partnered with my friend Lisa from Early Morning Run and her husband to tackle this goal. I’d also like to run a sub-2 hour half marathon.

    Weight-loss tip – drink water and find something you love. Running changed my life but it’s not for everyone. Find something YOU love because you’re more likely to stick with it.

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