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

Time, please slow down!

If you’re like me, you’ve already started making your 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 fulfill the mission.

“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.

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Happy Meal Prep Sunday! For anyone needing a little extra motivation today, we want to remind you that the benefits of meal prepping are truly incredible. Pre-determining healthy choices food choices that support your health & fitness, saving you countless time & energy…AND to top it off, it can save you so much money 💵! It literally can improve every aspect of your life✨. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In this prep featuring our 3-Compartment Containers (link in bio), @livingwell.withdanielle breaks down how she prepped 10 meals for less than $3/meal. Pretty amazing when you consider that just 1 or 2 days of eating out for lunch and dinner can often total far more than this grocery bill for an entire week 🙌! You can swipe left to see Danielle’s full breakdown ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here’s to a great day and celebrating all of the wonderful benefits of meal prep! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #mealprep #mealprepsociety

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(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 people on instagram for “fitspo”

Here are some of my favorite #fitspirations right now.

(1) Jeanette Jenkins trains celebs like Kelly Rowland and she makes it easy for us regular folks. 

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Tag a friend & try this 6 Exercise Dumbbell Ab Circuit as a great finisher to any workout! Join us for Round2 of our Holiday Challenge in the club @hollywoodtrainerclub www.TheHollywoodTrainerClub.com. Our goal is to keep you moving through the holidays with various methods of training, motivation and more! All the streaming workouts are under the “Exercise” tab in our “Virtual Gym” so you can do it anytime, anywhere! ❤️Practice each exercise with NO WEIGHT then when you feel comfortable with your form slowly add 3-5lbs at a time. 1) Plank to Side Plank -10-12reps 2) Dumbbell In-Out Ab Tucks 10-12reps 3) Dumbbell Hollow Hold with Flutter Kick 30-45sec (Pass Dumbbell every 3-5sec) 4) Ab V Hold with Dumbbell Pass 10-12reps 5) Slow Dumbbell Russian Twist 10-12reps 6) Dumbbell Ab Tuck 10-12 reps 2-3sets! (🎶Beautiful People Remix by Ed Sheeran & Khalid❤️ Leggings from @Niyamasol ❤️)

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(2) “Nique” is a fellow island gyal and her transformation is amazing to watch. 

(3) Denise Austin is a beast! She isn’t aging and it’s so good to see her daughter following in her footsteps. 

 

 

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