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Get Toned – Slammin’ Hot in 2012 Goal Setting Guide

First…HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Before I get into goal setting, I need to chat accountability for a second.

If you’ve been following the blog for any period of time, you know I’m big on accountability and love dishing it out.  Well I also need a good dose of it myself sometimes and today is one of those times as I just started 30 Days without gluten, dairy, or sugar.

Inspired by my colleague and friend Jill Coleman of Jillfit Physiques, who posted hers first thing this morning, here’s my before picture (note: always take a before picture, even if you dread seeing it on Day 1…you will be SO FREAKING PROUD when you complete whatever it is you’re starting)

id=”attachment_3806″ align=”aligncenter” width=”225″ caption=”Day 1 of 30 Days minus gluten, dairy, and sugar!”

Second, I want you to know my intention for the blog in 2012 is to keep these posts packed with actionable  information that delivers a ton of value for you.  In 2011 I figured out how to get and stay in the best shape of my life.  In 2012, I’m teaching you how to do it, too.

Just as I’m going to ask you to work hard to see results this year, I will continue to work hard, conduct self-experiments and push the boundaries of my own comfort zone and results as well.

I will also be partnering with other fitness experts and bringing you the best interviews and programs I can find, but only if I believe 100% that they suit your desires and needs.

Third, I have a New Years prezzie for you today…

Thanks to social media it’s easy to spot a trend within 30 seconds of logging onto Facebook or Twitter.  Not surprisingly this is a big week for setting goals.Whether you had an amazing year in 2011, a terrible one, or it was just so-so, that baby is kicked-and while 2012 is still fresh, I want you to set some goals for the entire year with me today.

Everybody’s goal setting style is different.  

Some people bust out a journal and spend hours dreaming and creating vision boards about their goals for the new year and what they want to create.  Others might keep it to themselves or only confide in a few people.  And some don’t even bother because they’ve been burned by their goals in the past.

Instead of giving you pointers in this post that you may or may not follow, I put together a quick little worksheet that you can use to lay out your health and fitness goals for 2012.  

Back in my Cutco knife selling days I was a goal setting and crushing sales machine. I learned some killer tactics for setting goals in a way that’s manageable, fun, and will keep you focused all year long.

To get your hands on the worksheet, leave a comment below telling me what you believe is the #1 thing that’s held you back up to this point from getting in the best shape of your life OR a goal you’ve already been thinking about for 2012.  Once you leave your comment, I’ll personally email you the worksheet and we can start crushing some 2012 goals together.

PS: Want to kick your year off with some near-instant results? Check out Tighter in 10 Days!

Get Toned – Slammin’ Hot in 2012 Goal Setting Guide
  • Liz DiAlto

    I’ll go first! One of my biggest fitness goals for the year is to get down to 14% body fat. I’m around 17% in the picture above. And mostly, it’s not about looks, it’s about the journey-keeping a client diet, putting in the workout time-really discovering what the best methods for fat burning are for me personally.

    Your turn!

  • http://nilsenlife.blogspot.com Kirsten

    My goal is getting the habit of exercise re-built, after a whole YEAR of injury. Discipline in stretching and icing are critical in ensuring that I don’t get re-injured, and those only happen with focus. Also? My goal of finishing my first Triathlon w/out throwing up is kinda huge for me. 🙂

    • Liz DiAlto

      Smart goal Kirsten! Keep up those good habits and good luck w/ the Tri 🙂

  • http://www.stepheniezamora.com Stephenie Zamora

    My goal is to lose 15lbs and get back into the best shape I can be in. That includes rebuilding all my muscles, eating clean and living a more active life. For me, stress and emotional eating have been my biggest hang-ups. I just finished a detox style diet that helped me lose 20lbs and reset those cravings, so I’m looking forward to a TON more fruits and veggies. I have a pro photo shoot later this month so I’m excited to do a round of tighter in 10! Maybe two! 😉

    • Liz DiAlto

      20 lbs! Way to go hot mama…can’t wait to see your photos. Love you!

  • Sabine

    I want that worksheet, so here I go:
    The reason I am not in the best shape of my life yet, is that I have been a little lazy lately, I indulged too much in just a little mayo on my sandwich here, and just a dash of coconut butter in my smoothie there, and that the dark days of winter make it so much more appealing to stay inside than go to the gym!
    Btw Liz I’m SOOOO impressed that you’re already down to 17% body fat, this is a percentage I could only dream of right now (mine is almost double…. eek!). I’m sure you’ll get to 14% before you know it!

    • Liz DiAlto

      Love that you threw in some encouragement for me, too in your comment Sabine-thank you!

      If you go to my YouTube channel there’s all kinds of workouts you can do at home-eliminates that dark days of winter excuse 😛

  • Sabine

    Oh and my goal is to lose about 10 kilos, but I want to try with setting the goals at 1 kilo increments because I feel this will stimulate me more. So I’m in for the first kilo now! A photo shoot would actually be a great accountability tool.

  • Tammie Walker

    I have never really set new year’s resolutions, b/c I typically forget about them before the end of January. I set my goal in July of 2011 when I started running. I have never ran before in my entire life. By Thanksgiving, I ran my first 5k and I am currently training to run my first half marathon in May. I did, however, set a NYR this year. My goal is to focus on my eating habits just as intensely as I focus on my running. I know what I have to do and I must stick with it. I must, I must decrease my gut!

    • Liz DiAlto

      This is great, Tammie. Activity goals are a much better motivator for some people. If the running is really important to you, getting the eating going to improve your performance is a great way to maintain focus. Let me know if I can help!

  • http://www.jenniferkem.com Jen

    My goal is to do Hot Yoga at least 2x per week, meditate daily (morning and evening) and incorporate at least some type of fat-burning, strength training exercise 3x per week.

    I would also like to fit into a “large 2” / “small 4” as these are the majority of my clothes and I’ve meandered into soft-land. I DO not want to buy new clothes (that’s the first time I’ve ever said THAT). This year is about growth internally and expansion of my learning and what I also teach to others. So I want to maximize what I’ve got without spending a penny more on material things (well at least not going overboard :)).

    BTW – I think your site is rockin’ hot, sister. Great job on it if I haven’t told you before…

    Here’s to 2012…Jen

    • Liz DiAlto

      I always say I want to do hot yoga 1x/wk…and I never do! This is a great focus, Jen-you first, not the material stuff. I did that majorly last year, feels freaking amazing. Keep me posted on your journey and thanks for the props!
      xo

  • Kerri Robinson

    I’ve always been meaning to do yoga. I do it here and there but I would like to actually be consistent. What’s been holding me back is non-commitment to that goal and not bothering to sign up for a class. I have started a new sport and it will require muscle control and flexibility which will push me to make yoga a higher priority becuase I want to compete and be good at the sport.

  • Courtney Martin

    My biggest goal of the year is to get back to 125 pounds. I’m at 160 now. I know it’s going to take some time and a lot of hard work, but I want to reach this goal by the end of the year.

    • Liz DiAlto

      I’m going to challenge you to create a complementary goal, other than just weight. What I find for myself and many of my clients, is my body will change and I’ll look and feel exactly how I want to-but the scale usually reads higher than “I’d like it to”…it’s no reason to be discouraged thought!

  • Jill

    I have been wanting to look great since I stopped playing sports in high school and started indulging in off campus lunches. a.k.a. Fast food. That was 20 years ago! I lost 20 lbs last year through healthy eating and am back up 8 lbs. I want to loose 10 pounds from where I am today.
    Here’s my problem. I don’t work out. I don’t like it. I don’t want to do it. I make excuses for why I don’t have time to do it. I am SUPER excited to start the Tighter in 10 program b/c I know that I will at least exercise for 10 days. I am hope, hoping that I will keep it up beyond the 10 days…but I worry that I don’t really care that much about what shape I’m in beyond how I look in my clothes. I told myself that I need to change my mentality from working out for looks and instead work out for my health and my longevity for my children… Hope this mindshift will sink in this year!

    • Liz DiAlto

      Tomorrow is the big day-so excited to see your results, Jill 🙂

  • http://www.giuliettathemuse.com/blog Giulietta Nardone

    Liz,

    I want my 25-year-old legs back. At some point, all my muscle from riding horses when I was younger started to disappear. Yoga and Ballet type exercises have helped. Need more!

    thanks,

    G.

    • Liz DiAlto

      G! I saw a show called Fuerza Bruta a few months ago and a few of the girls had the most amazing legs. “Dancer’s legs” are on my list of goals for 2012. Let’s do it!

  • Sabra

    One of my goals for 2012 is to maintain my body that I got to now at 132 and get down to 120 – and in the process reach my other goal to cut out sugar from my diet (I let myself enjoy it a little over the weekend and arrgh!!! I’m craving yesterday and today – it’s going to take a lot of will power). I know its unrealistic for me to totally go sugar free – but I’d like to have more control over it and enjoy it on occasion. Exercise has never been an issue for me – love it and always changing it up (bootcamp, kickboxing, yoga, pilates, running, weight training, hiking, biking). Just focusing more on my diet this year.

    • Liz DiAlto

      being realistic = smart. Glad you know yourself well enough to recognize it 🙂

  • Robin Daniels

    I’m aiming to succeed in healing a cervical herniation that has prevented me from maintaining a kickass body, and keep up with a healthy, continuous workout routine.

    • Liz DiAlto

      Ooh, Robin-that sounds so painful. Happy to hear you are on the mend!

  • Anne

    This year, my goal is to create more balance between my personal and work life. For the last two years, I have been consumed with the process of starting a new business. Although I want to continue to build my business in 2012, I also want to get out of my office and spend more time with my kids, husband, friends and colleagues. One of the action items in reaching this goal is to lose the 40lbs I put on in 2011 from sitting on my butt all day…ugh!. Definitely a barrier to feeling my best and to my desire to be seen in public!

    • Liz DiAlto

      Anne, I love this goal. I have a similar one-less work, more play. I missed my friends a lot in 2011. It was totally worth it, but after getting on board with Mama Gena’s School of the Womanly Arts I realize that putting my own pleasure first will reap far more rewards than overworking myself. Good luck and let me know how I can help 🙂

  • Stephi

    My goal is to get down to 18% body fat. Right now I’m at 36% (good lawd!). The plan is to weight train 3 days per week in the morning and do 30-45 minutes of cardio in the evening 5 days per week. My diet needs a complete overhaul, so I’m focusing real hard on that because that’s where it all goes wrong for me.

  • http://www.theanandaproject.com Heidi

    What up ladies!!!! I am stoked to work hard this year at getting in the best shape of my life, and Liz I know your site has helped me so much already so Thank you! I am embarking on a 30-day fast from refined sugar (this is day 3 and it’s going well so far but I can feel the withdrawal!) and I intend to lose 50 pounds this year. I know it’s a lofty goal but I am very excited to scale it. My goal is also to reach 10000 followers on my blog and take further steps to the work of my dreams, writing and helping others transform their lives as well. Let’s do it!

    • Liz DiAlto

      Yes! Heidi, I’m on Day 1…sugar hasn’t got anything on us 🙂 Also, I’ve had clients lose 50 lbs in 6-7months. The biggest key is consistency. If you focus on 4-5 days/wk of activity and a clean diet 80% of the time (since we’re only human, and be sure to enjoy the hell out of the other 20% of the time) you will be giving away bags of clothes and admiring your tight bod in the mirror before you know it! (not to mention energy through the roof, which will come in handy w/ two kiddos and all those other goals of yours 😉 )

  • rose

    My goal is not lose weight but to concentrate more on losing inches as I have always found that when the scales do not move it’s hard for me to stay motivated. I have already started down the right path and through education by listening to people who know I want to look hot in my bikini this summer

    • Liz DiAlto

      Rose! Your comment makes my heart smile. Inches and body fat % are my preferred measurements, too.

  • Feliz

    My goal is to lose 30lbs by my 30th birthday in May. I also would like to runa 10k in May as well. 134 days to go until my birthday… 🙂

    • Liz DiAlto

      That’s a great timeframe, Feliz. You can totally do it!

  • shelley

    I have two pretty simple goals this year: one, to make 50% or more of each of my meals out of vegetables or whole, unprocessed grains; and two, to run at least 12 miles a week. I’d really like to work on increasing my flexibility, also – maybe some yoga? I am feeling a lot of potential right now at the start of this year and I think I’ll end it in better shape than I started.

    • Liz DiAlto

      Work that potential, Shelley! So good to see your face this weekend. Won’t wait so long next time. xo

  • http://blog.brownpaperbunny.com Jess

    My goals are to build up some muscle tone again and be able to fit back into the clothes in my wardrobe. I have some incredible clothes taunting me in there!

    I think I failed this last year because I didn’t really want it bad enough, when I got busy or stressed my eating and exercise just went out the window. I want to be more organized and make my health a priority this year!

    • Liz DiAlto

      One of the things I always remind myself is that exercise is like medicine. It’s a great way to manage stress. You got this, Jess. Good luck!

  • Tamara Bailey

    I want a worksheet too so here I go.

    what has been holding me back is not making me a priority. I slack off on my gym time whenever my kids or hubby calls and needs something. I need to remember that my fitness and health are important too.

    • Liz DiAlto

      Tamara, I promise, because I’ve seen it come true so many times-that you will be a better wife and mom when you take the time for you! It also sets a great example for the kids that health and fitness is important 🙂

  • CWigg

    Every year (and every week) my intention is to DRINK MORE WATER!

    Love the new skinny being “tighter”. (Have begun at 52 to wonder “where is all my elasticity!!” ) so I will be working on tightening up!

    Thanks for your motivation !

  • Monica

    Hey Liz,
    Happy New Year! My goal for 2012 is to start working out again + lose more baby weight. I am actually lighter than I was pre baby (she is 8 months), but my body is different and I would like to lose 20 more lbs b/c I was not at my ideal weight when I got preggo. I need to tone up EVRYTHING and stay committed to working out!

    Thanks! x

  • http://herbalistgenevieve.com Genevieve

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
    My biggest obstacles to reaching my goals is emotional eating, lack of consistency in my exercising and lack of support at home. My goal for 2012 is to loose 30 lbs and tighten all my muscles.

    • Liz DiAlto

      Hey Genn, how have those tips to curb the cravings going that we talked about last week?

  • Rachel

    My goal is to make time for myself and my health. To eat right and exercise because it makes me feel good and have more energy when I’m with my hubby and kids. My family and I just moved across country, so life has been a bit hectic, but I’m ready to get back on track!

  • Colleen Brink

    Ok, I want the worksheet and will consider it a contract with myself!

    Drinking more water is one goal so I plan to fill a container with 1/2 my daily goal and finish it by lunch, then refill and finish by 8PM. Second goal is to lose 15 lbs and look good in size 8. Goal to be accomplished my May 7th 2012 – our first wedding anniversary. 3x a week workouts and am using an app to track my caloric intake. Whew!

  • Sherry

    The major reason I have not gotten into the best shape in my life is just pure complacency. I work out regularly but do the same routine and hesitate to increase intensity or weight in my workouts, fearing my body can’t handle it. Well, I have a new mindset in 2012 that has left fear in 2011! My goal is to increase the intensity of my workouts, vary my workouts and get my body fat to 18% (currently 23%). Best wishes to everyone with their goals…WE CAN DO THIS!!! It’s time…TODAY!

  • http://www.thetailormadelife.com Rachel Luna

    My goal is to run a 1/2 Marathon on Feb. 19, 2012 AND start and FINISH the Brazilian Butt Lift program.

  • Jen Hurst

    Major thing that has been holding me back… Having 3 kids in 3 years. They are now 8,6, and 4, I need to get myself back. As well as being dig. with Hashimoto’s Disease (also known as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis). I too having been trying… but am totally 100% dairy, gluten, and sugar free as of today!
    And took that day 1 photo… uhhhhh!

  • Jessica

    My goal this year is to lose 15-20 pounds and bring my body fat % down to 20%. I’m at about 27% so I think over a year this goal is very feasible. I also want to eat cleaner foods, more often. My diet is definitely the area where I lose momentum the most.

  • Jessica

    My goal is to recover fully from last season’s injury so I can run the NYC marathon this November. I was pretty bummed that I missed it this year 🙁 That being said another goal would be to incorporate more strength training and stretching/flexibility training to prevent injury. I also need to stop making excuses as to why I can’t work out so I can be more consistent with training!!!

    Also, I liked what someone else said about drinking more water – I know I don’t drink anywhere near what I should be!

  • http://andreapalen.com Andrea

    My goal is 3 workouts/week on my Pilates reformer. Loud music, no distractions – followed by a green smoothie or juice.

    I teach Pilates.. so not only do I want to keep up my body but I also want to allow more time for developing innovated moves and routines for my clients.

  • Melissa

    my NYR is to run three times a week consistently (I’m between 1-2 now) and Pilates three times a week (currently 1x).

  • Kim

    My goals are to drink more water, reduce my sugar cravings, and work out consistently! I have let work get in the way of taking care of myself and that stops TODAY!

  • Sierra

    I think the number 1 thing holding me back is…dun dun dunnn…depression. I struggle with it anyway, but then I see the state my body is in and get even more depressed, which makes me want to crawl into a hole, eat a bag of chips, and sleep the day away. Which in turn only makes me more depressed, and it’s a vicious cycle! So I ordered a juicer, and as soon as it gets here, I’ll start juicing to lose weight, clear up my skin, and hopefully help my depression. And I need to start working out, but I’m trying to take baby steps so I don’t fall off the bandwagon this time!

  • http://suitcaseentrepreneur.com Natalie Sisson

    Hey Lovely Liz

    My goals is to bike 6,445km across Africa and not die from it. I have no doubt that I will lose a lot of weight purely from cycling that far as well as have an amazing experience.

    However right now my goal is to get rid of my Xmas pie – aka around my belly which has suddenly loomed up and I am doing this by eating clean 80% of the time and a lot more activity in my day – not just biking or specific gym workouts but also leaving my laptop behind and getting active – like a boogie around the room or outside!

  • Rhonda Kalidonia

    Lack of confidence in myself, wanting an accountability partner, laziness, all have combined to keep me from achieving my fitness and personal goals. I stack too many things on my list and then become paralyzed because it is just too big, so I don’t do any of it! Self-defeating, I know. 2012 is going to be the year to get beyond all that crap and whip myself into the best shape of my life! JUST DO IT!

    • Liz DiAlto

      Rhonda, get your booty on the Facebook page http://facebook.com/lizdialto…you’ll have a ton of accountability partners. Post what you want to do, what you’re up to-there’s a ton of support in there. That’s why I love women-we’re awesome at rooting each other on. 2012 is your year, mama!

  • http://www.healthcoachandcook.com Jenn

    My goal is to keep up my daily workouts that I have been super consistent with the past 2 months…just need to keep doing it and enjoy it! My other goal is to keep ploughing ahead with my business.

    • Liz DiAlto

      yes, yes, yes…consistency = HUGE!

  • Brandee

    My goal is to get in the best shape thus far of my life…that being, losing about 20 lbs. I am applying to Physician Assistant programs and part of learning how to help others is taking care of myself. I want to make positive conscious choices that will only enrich my life and those around me:)

    • Brandee

      P.S. Liz I think your motivation is incredible. I enjoy your daily emails, and am saving to buy your Tighter in 10! Can’t wait.

  • Erin Drew

    It’s been a while since I’ve done a goal setting worksheet and boy could I use it. My goal is to lose 10 lbs and have a tighter tummy. Sometimes when I stand sideways in the mirror I look slightly pregnant. I don’t wanna look like that until I have an actual human growing inside me. I will start with the tighter in 10 days program this week and then from there need to find exercises that I enjoy to help keep me motivated.

  • http://annebuennig.com Anne

    Hey Liz,

    I could sure need some help with goal setting and goa

    • http://annebuennig.com Anne

      Haha, stupid computer…

      So, what I wanted to say: I could sure need some help with goal setting and especially goal reaching. So thanks for the opportunity.

      What kept me from being in the best shape I can be? Laziness. Simple. But I am looking forward to a great 2012 and I am determined to reach all my goals, health-wise, business-wise and some personal goals as well.

      Thank you!

  • Crystal

    My goal post-injury (I’m almost back to 100%) is to stay consistent with getting in the gym, clean up my diet better, more water, and lose 50 pounds. I was almost at my goal a few years ago and got lazy. This past year I was working hard toward my goal again and tore my calf muscle setting me back almost 8 months. I’m back at it with the help of a good friend. We keep each other motivated and make sure we are in the gym when we are supposed to be. I love it! Can’t wait to get the worksheet so I can work on me again.

  • http://heather@heatherthorkelson.com Heather

    To be honest, two things held me back up until this point.

    1) I hadn’t yet found a type of exercise that I really loved.
    2) I am really intolerant of the cold, and while I LOVE being outdoors and really enjoy hiking and running in a moderate climate, I live in Toronto where it’s fricken’ freezing for 6 months of the year. Can you say hibernation-pack-on-the-fat?

    SO…the good news is two-fold: I discovered pilates this year and I LOOOOOOVE it! Beyond words. I would like to do it a minimum of 3x a week. And secondly, I’m moving to Lima, Peru in 3 weeks with my man and my dog, and there is a huge outdoors/running culture there. Even better, the temperature in the “winter” rarely dips below 10 degrees. Booyeah! I have been planning these changes for a long time because life is too short to be huddled by the fire waiting for Spring. I am super pumped about living in a place that allows me to thrive, physically, and with my newfound love of pilates. (but I could still make use of that goal-setting sheet. 🙂

  • amy

    2012 is about taking back my life and doing things that I enjoy -I don’t want to feel guilted into doing activities that waste my time and energy and don’t allow me to meet my fitness goals! LIz, thanks for the talk and I am no longer going to try to get up for that 6am boot camp when I can’t get a killer workout at 7 and still make it to work!…or back up plan if that fails – go to the evening bootcamp! I will have more energy anyway!

  • debbie georgia stegmeir

    happy new year all! my goal is to continue with at least 4 or 5 workouts a week, add in a little weightlifting with my cardio, eat a little better and stay away from soda. good luck to everyone!

  • Lis

    Last month I got myself a membership card at the gym so my goal is to go there at least once a weak. Besides that I want to be able to run 5k, do a good downward dog pose and lower my sugar intake.

  • Kelsey

    Hey Liz!
    I really want that work sheet! So my goal is to exercise 5 days a week, for me that is a big goal. To do this I need to adjust my attitude. I do great exercising in groups and taking classes, but I need to learn to motivate myself more. I also need to stop using stress and being busy as an excuse not to exercise and instead, see exercise as a enjoyable break from stress. I also want to start eating cleaner! Thanks for all the motivation!

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  • http://www.devanifreeman.com Devani Freeman

    My goal this year is to put myself first. I have wanted to gain lean muscle for a long time and never seem to make the time or the commitment. My goal is to drop 6lbs of fat and replace that with pure muscle. I want to be a lean, mean, fighting machine. I was told it will take about 14 weeks and then maintain from there! I start with a trainer next week, super excited! Thanks for all your awesome motivation and words of wisdom Liz!

  • Wanda

    Happy New Year! I don’t like resolutions but what I do want is to reshape my body and to “Lose my Quit”. I feel I work hard professionally and for my family, but overall neglect me and my own fitness goals. I want to stop quitting on “ME”, and start showing “ME” the same love and support I show everyone and everything else.

  • gabriela

    i so want the worksheet!!! WHY? i so need the help.i’m 5″4 and weight 187lbs. i dont know much about how to get fit or how to eat healthy,but this year I WILL…. And so far so good cuz i found your website,lol….i guess i can say the thing that has held me back is putting myself last but no more.i want to be Happy and Healthy. by the way i love your dance videos.i was like i can so do that and i will. thanks

  • Danica

    This is only the 2nd New Year that I haven’t had “work out and get in shape” on my resolution list. I’ve reached my 2 year anniversary of working out with a great trainer and boot camp, learned so much about nutrition and fitness, added running to the docket over a year ago, etc., so I am already fit and work out consistently 5-6 times per week and eat healthy 80% of the time, but have yet to reach my ultimate goal…. It seems every time I get close I lose focus and go back to my plateau weight and body fat…then start over. I’ve lost over 25 pounds and maintained it over the past two years, but have yet to reach my ultimate fitness goal. I am a completely different person than I was two years ago in terms of the way I look, and more importantly the way I feel. So my resolution this year is to FINALLY get down to my goal weight and body fat and to be in the best shape of my life! I have already lost nearly 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years using Tighter in 10 and my regular work out routines. I’m within 10-15 pounds of my goal weight range, so now I just need to figure out how to achieve it in 2012!

  • Elle

    Hi Liz,

    the thing that’s kept me back most in a journey to a healthier lifestyle is that i’ve deliberately been blind to the unhealthy choices i was making. i was always making excuses and got away with it for quite sometime, because i never got too overweight, but i also didn’t look as good as i wanted to. But most of all, I didn’t feel good anymore about the way i let things be. So here’s to a year where i dare to take the challenges that are necessary!

  • http://www.crazymomlife.com Stacie

    Love it, no nonsense accountability from someone else going for sugar/gluten/dairy free-ness 🙂

    My goal for 2012 is to be THE fittest mom of 7 I know. Baby is due in March, I’m already eating healthier and doing some exercise now so I won’t be starting from a crazy deep hole like after my last pregnancy.

    My husband is already doing CrossFit to get his butt back in shape and I really want to be kick butt fit after baby is born. 🙂

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  • Angie

    I think there are two major factors in why I’ve not gotten into the best shape I possibly could in the past! The first one is just simply not knowing how to do it. I’ve never been able to afford a personal trainer and when I start researching I just get confused because there are so many options but then others that will tell you the one you chose was bad (hope that makes sense). Second would be that my whole life I have had a “love affair” with food. I get to a point where I am finally ready and can lose the weight, even feel like I’ve made a lifestyle change! However, food always comes back to haunt me. I will sometimes get so emotional that I cry if I feel like I can’t have a food that I want and am craving. I’ve yet to figure out how to overcome the emotions.

    My goal is to look and feel better than I ever have. I’ve never been small and I’ve never felt good about my body and this summer I want to wear a bikini and look sexy. I’m doing this for myself but I also want to make my husband proud to call me his wife. He says he is, but my low self esteem tells me it has to be hard for him! 🙂

  • http://www.socialglobalgrind.com Francesca

    First off not wait a whole month to look into what my fitness goals are. My ultimate goal is to loose the rest of my weight. I lost 80 lbs. and this year I will loose the remainder 50 lbs. just to show myself everything is possible and I am important.

  • Tanya

    I got it together in the summer, best shape I have been in – at least I think so. I had muscles! Ran at least twice a week, got up to 10-12 miles along the sand. Even stayed good over Christmas, but what’s this thing called January Blues and why does it make you want to eat cheese? ( I’m not even going to mention potato chips…. oops)

    So I want to get back on the chain gang, coz I felt so damn good for a while.. and ate brilliantly. Plus I hear a rumour that the sun is coming out again this week… beach running!!!

  • Jill

    Get in shape for my sister’s wedding!

  • Carolyn

    I am making February 1 (tomorrow) the beginning of my new year so that means the following three resolutions start tomorrow: 1. Lose 25 lbs. 2. Do AT LEAST three 60 min. workouts per week (one on machines, one at home and one in a group setting) 3. Check in with AT LEAST one online community (Liz’s is my first choice!) for support and motivation. For some irrational reason, I am afraid to be that fit and firm woman I use to be. Well…Enough is enough, I am on my way!

  • Melina

    My only issue with staying in shape this year is an ankle surgery. I am due to go in 2/8 looking at 6 weeks before I have mobility again. So, for 2012, I am desperately looking for ways to stay fit while a down a leg. I will be in a walking boot, but struggling to find a way to keep those pounds from creeping up. I usually work out 5-7 days a week, this will be a challenge. Not a lot of good stuff in the net so far. Help?

  • Caroline

    Hi Liz!! OK – so I’m getting started a little late on the resolution…..my niece Meredith Castro turned me on to you Liz!! I remember buying Cutco from you years ago (I still have the knives & pizza cutter btw). So…specific goal is to run a 10 mile race in October. Getting to that goal is the challenge….. I have done pretty much no cardio OR anything for that matter in at least a year (2011 was a tough year). Would like to get back into my 5 year ago shape, which is about 30 pounds lighter, running 3 days week, feeling good in my own skin. Need motivation, and I always work better with a plan. I have a gym buddy a few days a week, but am struggling on what to do. Love your website & FB pearls of wisdom!

  • Rae

    I don’t know if it’s too late to score the worksheet, but it’s never too late to publicly announce goals!
    My 2012 health/fitness goal is to get in the best shape of my life, both physically and mentally. Now, I know this might sound vague and cliche, but I’ve had a couple points in my life when I was in my best-physical-shape-so-far (Eight years ago, I was Gwen Stefani for Halloween. Hello!) and I not only want to get back to that, but improve upon it. I’m not in terrible shape, but I want to get to the point where being fit is just a natural part of my life, like checking for the mail or changing the oil in my truck. I’ve broken this goal down into sub-goals, such as getting my butt out of bed early enough to exercise before going to my first job (so it becomes part of my daily routine) and starting a blog to add an extra degree of accountability (and hopefully to inspire others!).
    The reason I haven’t maintained the degree of health/fitness that I used to have can be broken into many BS reasons — I’ve been sick on and off for the past two months, I’m too busy (sound familiar?), etc. — or I can be constructively honest with myself and admit that most of the roadblocks are mental/emotional. After having recognized this fact somewhat recently, I’ve been taking strides to combat the mental crap. Now I’m also tackling the physical aspect of my goal — with even more determination than before!
    To all the others who have posted on here, three cheers to you! Let’s hold ourselves and each other accountable for getting healthy and becoming inspirations to others!

  • kaekay

    Want the worksheet!! Hope it’s not too late. Biggest goal is get more energy so I can keep up with the grandkids. They wear me out! Hurt my knee & having hard time getting back into workouts. Always want to be able to jump back in where I left off even though I know that won’t work.

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