How To Get Your Butt in Gear for the New Year

Happy New Year’s Eve!! Hope you have amazing plans for tonight.

I’m keeping it low key, and having some friends over to drink wine. 🙂 While I’m running around cleaning my apartment, here’s a great post from my friend, Mary, about making and keeping new year’s resolutions.

Check back later today for my favorite posts of 2010. 🙂

Also, if you get a chance, check out Morgan’s blog. She named me as one of the top bloggers of 2010! I’m flattered!

Hey Y’all! I’m Mary. I blog over at Live Laugh Love Run. When Rebecca gave a shout out for guest posts earlier this fall I was thrilled to jump at the chance to write a post for the New Year. What better to talk about before 2011 (!!) approaches us, than New Years Resolutions.

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Be honest. We all have them. I know I do, some I plan to keep and some that I feel will be better left as aspirations perhaps for 2012. Lots of my friends and co-workers ask me all of the time how I function the way I do. Rotating shifts as an RN, and running marathons and managing to keep healthy (somehow) in the process.

So here my friends are my tips to stick to your resolution for the new year : It’s all about TIME MANAGEMENT!

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*crickets*

Seriously!

Time management! You can stick with any goal you set if you consciously make time to achieve your goal! Here’s five ways that I work to manage my time to maintain a healthy life. (or at least try really hard)

1. Make a routine

It’s hard but that is the only way that you will bring some structure in your life to achieve your goals. If you’re on a “normal schedule” You know, where you sleep during the night and work during the day, Decide what time you’re going to go to bed and get up, etc. Stick to it, set your alarm and give it a go. If you’re a night owl ( you know, you’re up when the world is asleep and you’re sleeping when the world is working) do the same thing. I am going to be brutally honest here and say that I still haven’t mastered this yet because working night shift is just not human to me. I really admire all of you guys that do it. I just do it because I have to.

2. Plan your meals

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Okay, this really helps. Handsome Boyfriend and I have a food calendar. We decide what days’ we’re working, whether the same shift and together or opposite shifts and separate days (or nights). Based on that, we plan who is going to cook and what to make. We then base our grocery lists off of that, cut appropriate coupons out of the Sunday paper, shop and our week is set! Plus, we’re saving oodles of money. Okay, not oodles, but fifty cents is fifty cents, come on!

3. Work it out

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Make sure to plan time to get physical during the day. whether its before work like I do when I work nights, or after work when I work days. Either way, make sure you do something to get your blood flowing every day, otherwise you’re going to go nuts. Have a pup? Take them out for a walk or a jog! Corbin loves to go for a run. He actually differentiates between my running kicks and my work shoes.

4. Make sure to have a social life

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Again, this is really important, and yes I put ice in my wine (sue me). If you don’t make time for your friends, you’ll go insane. No one will want to hang out with you, and then you’ll be sad. Okay just kidding, but have a social life, go out for that margarita, have those chips and salsa or even that oreo cheesecake. life is all about indulgences and if you don’t learn to let loose a little bit (in moderation) then you’ll be more likely to get off track.

5. Don’t be discouraged

Rome wasn’t built in a day you know. This isn’t going to happen overnight. You have to be the change you want to see (okay Gandhi) and you have to want to change in order to change. No matter what, know that you’re not alone, you are beautiful and strong and you CAN Can CAN maintain a healthy lifestyle, or even develop one with a little help from your friends, and some good ole time management : )

See! it’s SO simple! I get discouraged from time to time, I just remember that healthy living is a journey, I am strong, and beautiful and I can achieve anything that I put my mind to.

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