I still can’t believe we’re entering a NEW decade.

Time, please slow down!

If you’re like me, you have a long list of 2020 goals and somewhere on the top of that list are your fitness goals.

The challenge is sticking to the plan, once you decide to go for it.

“You have to find your why,” said personal trainer Clive Archer.

I’m no pro, but I’m more than happy to share the strategies that work for me.


(1) Meal prep

Besides saving money, meal prepping is a great way to keep track of what you’re eating each week. As a reporter, who is always on the go, this is my go-to method for keeping myself accountable. Yes, there are days that I’m tempted to get waffle fries…or other snacks that I know I should stay away from. But for the most part, I spend two to three hours prepping my meals on Sundays. This also saves me valuable time throughout the week, time I could be investing in the gym or elsewhere.

(2) Schedule workouts

In order to create an ideal workout schedule, you have to be extremely honest with yourself (aka keep it 100 a hunnid).

I know for a fact that starting my week with a workout, on Mondays, will guarantee success throughout the week. I also know for a fact that I am less likely to workout on weekends.

I’ve started pushing for three solid workouts on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For me, doing three to four workouts per week is the sweet spot. It was a tough habit to develop, but it got easier once I got into a routine.

(3) Limit sugar, especially late at night.

This is easier said than done, especially on weekends (with so many social activities in the DMV).

One thing that is currently working for me is intermittent fasting, during the week.

“Many people find the 16/8 method to be the simplest, most sustainable and easiest to stick to. It’s also the most popular. The 16/8 method: Also called the Leangains protocol, it involves skipping breakfast and restricting your daily eating period to 8 hours, such as 1–9 p.m. Then you fast for 16 hours in between.”  –Healthline.com 


(4) Take your vitamins

Vitamins keep your body functioning at its best.

“Most of your required vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients should come from food. Supplements can help fill in any gaps in your diet that come from limiting your calorie intake.”  – Healthline.com 

(5) Follow trainers on instagram for “fitspo”

Here are some of my favorite #fitspirations right now.

  • Jeanette Jenkins trains celebs like Kelly Rowland and she makes it easy for us regular folks. 
  • “Nique” is a fellow island gyal and her transformation is amazing to watch. 
  • Denise Austin is a beast! She isn’t aging and it’s so good to see her daughter following in her footsteps. 
About the author

Journalist in the DMV (D.C., Maryland and Virginia)

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