With Christmas done for another year, our attention quickly switches to the New Year ahead and inevitably, for most of us, those New Year’s resolutions! From past experience, New Year’s resolutions don’t usually last very long. In fact, the average life span of a resolution is less than 2 weeks!
Why is that? Why do we set ourselves up for failure with these pesky resolutions? Perhaps it’s the level of commitment on our part. Perhaps it’s the psychological side of things playing tricks on us. Whatever the reason, most people try, and fail, with new habits at the start of a New Year. But the good news is it doesn’t have to be that way.
If you’re planning on setting yourself some New Years resolutions and are already anticipating failure, stop it! You can totally achieve what you set out to do. Whether you want to travel more, lose weight, learn a language, exercise more or spend more time with friends and family it’s all totally doable. All you need to do is decide what you want and commit. That’s it. Pretty simple really. Not easy, but simple.
At the beginning of 2015 we made a couple of resolutions of our own. They were pretty simple too.
Get healthy and be more productive.
So what did it take to make this happen? What you’ll usually find is that one resolution will lead to another. For us, getting healthy and being more productive meant we had to make a few commitments that would help us achieve these goals. Based on our experience this year, we’ve put together a run down of how to set (and stick to!) New Year’s resolutions!
Here’s how we did it.
#1 We gave up alcohol
Yep, you read that right. We committed to 12 whole months with not a drop of the good stuff. Crazy? Perhaps. But the reason we decided on 12 months was because we knew we had to commit and follow through. One month would have come and gone and we’d have been right back where we started. Come on, we’ve all done Dry July haven’t we?! Three months would have been more of a challenge for sure but again, not quite long enough for us to really get our health and productivity going great guns. A year it was. And we’ll openly admit it seemed like a HUGE commitment at first.
It also raised a few eyebrows. People thought we had lost the plot, but that’s nothing new for us. Many said we couldn’t do it. Some went so far as to say it was impossible. Those of you who knew us before we gave up the booze will know we’d usually be the first at the bar and the last to leave whenever there was a party. In 2014 we’d had our fair share of champagne in airport lounges all over the world. So we couldn’t blame people for doubting us. We weren’t even 100% sure we could do it. But we were going to give it a really good crack!
The first month was hard. Really f*#@ing hard. At that point we didn’t think it was possible. Especially as January, our first month off the alcohol, was jam packed with events. First up was a hens party AND a wedding plus a road trip around New Zealand…erm, did someone say wine country?! Talk about throwing ourselves in at the deep end. It would have been really easy at that point to give ourselves a pass out for the wedding or because we were on holiday but we knew it wasn’t going to work if we did that. We soldiered on, and funnily enough we still had a great time at the wedding. We headed in to February feeling super proud of ourselves.
Month after month went by and as the time went on, it got easier and easier. Before we knew it we’d done four months, then six, then eight and now as we’re approaching our yearlong stint off the alcohol we’ve really created brand new habits. This resolution was a biggie but turned out to help us achieve all the others…
#2 We lost weight
Hands up who has this at the top of their New Years resolutions every single year?
I feel you.
After years and years of yo-yo dieting and trying all the diets under the sun, four years ago I discovered Isagenix (a nutritional cleansing program) and have never looked back. Back when I did my first ever 30 day cleanse, I was 10 kilos overweight, was struggling with energy levels and my moods were way outta whack. I jumped on the products to try and lose 5 kilos and over 3 months on the products I dropped 9 kilos and couldn’t believe how good I felt. I was hooked. My body shape completely changed, I was in size 8 jeans and loving life. Since then I’ve stayed on the products, having a shake every day and taking my supplements no matter what.
A little hiccup came when Elaina suffered a major knee injury and we started to supplement our Isagenix products with pizza and beer. And a lot of it! At the beginning of 2015 we were both ready to get back into shape and kick a few sneaky kilos to the kerb. Elaina’s knee was in pretty good shape…same couldn’t be said for our bods.
We got on the Isagenix products 100%. Easy to do, as we totally love them and we’d given up the booze so it was much easier to stay on track. As a result, this year we’ve dropped over 15 kilos between us!
If you need a little help with losing those extra kilos that may have accumulated over the holiday, we’re going to be kicking off not one, but TWO group cleanses. This is for those of you who feel you need a bit of help with kick starting your health in the New Year. If you want to be involved and would like more details head over to our other site FitHealthyHappy.com.au. We are super pumped to get started again ourselves and see everyone’s results.
#3 We took our fitness to a new level
Along with wanting to drop a bit of weight in a bid to get healthy we also wanted to get back into the gym.
We started off slow as we were easing into our new lifestyle. Big changes can seem overwhelming if you try and do too many things at once so we started off with this one by committing to doing 10,000 steps per day. If you’re starting a new exercise regime, baby steps are the key.
This really helped us be more active without much effort and we found it to be a great way to pass the time when we’d have normally cracked open a bottle of wine. Every evening we’d head out for a walk and make sure that we’d got our steps in for the day. This lasted about three months at which point we were ready to take things to the next level.
We moved house to Surry Hills in Sydney and just down the road our good buddy Chris was the proud owner of an F45 gym. There was a free week trial so we thought why not give it a go. Now I was already a big fan of group training so I knew I’d love it. Elaina wasn’t convinced but after the first couple of sessions we were both hooked and joined up! We now smash it at our beloved F45 in Surry Hills six days a week (when we’re not travelling) and have really seen the results of committing to something that we love to do.
Thanks to our amazing trainers Chris, Rachel and Jake, we’re fitter than we’ve ever been and can’t imagine life without F45. If you’re looking for a fun way to get fit, try F45! You won’t be disappointed.
Our main advice here is to find some form of exercise that you find enjoyable and FUN. Exercise doesn’t need to be boring!
#4 We committed to our goal…and never gave up!
If you’re debating some big life changes for 2016, we’ve got some advice for you.
Commit to your goal 100% and no less.
If you REALLY want what you set out to achieve as a New Year’s resolution, it’s well within your reach. As human beings we have unlimited potential… completely UNLIMITED! We just need to remember that whenever challenges present themselves because they inevitably will. Yes, it can be hard at times but it will be so worth it. We’ve learned so much about ourselves this year and are so grateful that we committed to making our goals a reality. We’ve never looked back or wished we hadn’t started. We guarantee if you’re willing to commit to something with no ifs or buts, the rewards will be way beyond anything you could imagine.
The benefits of achieving a New Years resolution
As 2015 draws to a close we only have a few days left before we reach our milestone of one whole year without a drink. What started out as a New Year’s resolution has turned into so much more than that.
We’ve saved so much money it’s not funny and we’ve had some incredible experiences travelling the world…without alcohol! We’ve made a bunch of new friends, not had a single hangover (winning!) and still managed to have a heap of fun. We’re fitter and healthier than we’ve ever been. Our business is flourishing and we’ve got so much awesome stuff coming your way in 2016…and of course a few epic trips on the cards too!
Was it all worth it?
Looking back, it’s crazy to think that we’ve accomplished what we set out to do. That is the best feeling of all, to set a goal and have smashed it outta the park! Heaps of you have been following our journey since we started out back in January. We’ve had so many messages from people, some we knew, some we didn’t, who told us how inspired they were by our decision and that they too had decided to quit the grog or had started F45 to get fit. That was something totally unexpected! We’d made this decision for ourselves so we could get healthy and be more productive. Never did we imagine that we’d inspire other people to make the same decision. Pretty cool. You never know who you’ll inspire by making positive life changes for yourself so if nothing else, do it for that reason…inspiring other people!
So, we’d love to know what your resolutions for 2016 are. We’ve got a couple of our own that we’ll be sharing with you soon. Don’t forget, if you need a little help with deciding what yours will be and want to join our group cleanse head over to our other site FitHealthyHappy.com.au. We are super pumped to get started again ourselves and see everyone’s results.
Did you set and achieve a New Year’s resolution in 2015? What was it and how has it changed your life? Comment below!
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