We all do it. We reflect on the old as the new rapidly approaches.

Hopefully you will use the start of a new year as a launching point for your goals, dreams and aspirations.

Perhaps they are the leftovers from 2013. The things you didn’t accomplish or didn’t get to cross off your list.

Or maybe they are brand new goals! New interests and determinations that have found their way into your life.

Either way, I want to encourage you to sit down and really think long and hard about 2014.

With no excuses, no ‘what if it doesn’t…I can’t…’ scenarios, no negativity – without all those things, put in writing the things you would love to be able to say you did at this point next year.

Last year, my husband and I determined we wanted to be gluten-free.

I personally determined to go to workout 3-5 times a week.

If I can give up pasta and bread, do weighted pistols and wake up at 5:15 a.m…next year, I know I can do whatever I put my mind to. 2013 proved to me that my mind and my body are capable of amazing things!

There are so many ways you can improve your own health and fitness – perhaps it’s jump starting your year with a few personal training sessions. Maybe it’s finding a running group or joining a yoga class with a friend. Perhaps it’s determining to no longer keep soda in the house. It might be cutting back on eating out or making better choices when you do eat out.

Whatever it may be, tailor it to fit your needs!

So go! Now 🙂 Write down 3 health/fitness related goals. Then come back.

Ok. Now that you know your goal – it’s time to make a plan. Without a plan, you’re planning to fail.

(Only 8% of people who set ‘resolutions’ actually obtain success. It’s due to lack of planning! Snapping your powder-sugar covered fingers will not put you on the road to Healthyville!)

How are you going to accomplish your goals? Knowing how is just as important as knowing what.

Start with the end in mind and then baby step backwards to the point you are at now.

Your life is different than mine so our plans will not be the same. I don’t have kids. Maybe you have to factor in your children’s school schedule or the childcare that will be required. Maybe you have to be at work at 7:00 so a 6:00 class that I can swing is unreasonable for you….

Whatever you decide, find your balance! Don’t bite off more than you can chew – but don’t sell yourself short, either!

Of course, I’m talking specifically about your health and fitness – but don’t stop there!

Balance yourself within your marriage, your church, your job, your family, your money….the same approach will work. Create a plan. List your baby steps.

In all of these areas, make sure you push yourself – it might be uncomfortable but that’s the point.

Comfort leaves you in the place you are now.

I look forward to hearing about your goals, plans and accomplishments in 2014!

Best of luck in the new year, friends!