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Many people are guilty of giving up on their fitness goals, losing that initial motivation for a variety of reasons. What’s holding you back from turning your new lifestyle into a permanent one?

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Learn more about the five things that could be stopping you from achieving your fitness goals, and how to combat them for a much more permanent healthy lifestyle.

1. You’ve set the bar too high

They say you should ‘go big or go home,’ but when your goals are set too high – they can be all the more difficult to achieve. While setting some clear overall goals is important, it’s the smaller goals that will help you get there. Make a monthly plan of what you’d like to achieve each month, such as running 20 minutes without stopping or lifting a certain weight. Work towards these goals instead, and you’ll find them much easier to achieve than aiming for that one big overall goal.

2. You’re not eating the right foods

Getting fit and healthy isn’t just about going to the gym, there’s much more to it than that. To achieve your fitness goals, you need to overhaul your diet. This means eating healthier and eating foods that support your fitness plans and eating foods that give you energy to fuel your workouts. Healthy eating coupled with fitness is the most effective way to lose weight and get in shape, so make sure you set goals that incorporate both elements.

I have to say here that I try to eat basically healthy at all times but yes I let myself have the occasional doughnut, slice of pizza, etc. In my opinion, life is for living and it’s all about balance.

3. You’re not sure what you’re doing

Exercise can be tough, especially when you’re not sure what you’re doing or how it will benefit you. Choosing the right workout for you requires some careful thought and designing a plan that fits your aims. There are plenty of online articles that could help you figure out how to achieve your goals, as well as some ready-made fitness plans.

If you’re still unsure, or you’re new to exercise – then you might find professional help more beneficial. Seek advice from a personal trainer who can help you to design your ideal fitness plan or attend some classes to teach you more about technique and form. It’s ok not to know what you’re doing at first, so don’t be afraid to seek help.

4. You’re still smoking

Smoking can have a disastrous effect on your fitness, reducing your lung capacity and the rate at which blood flows around your body. It’s great that you want to get fitter, but giving up smoking is the first thing that needs to go to help you achieve that goal. Quitting isn’t easy, and while a new fitness routine could serve as a welcome distraction, you might need some help quitting. Vaping in lieu of smoking can help you improve your fitness levels, while also helping you to wean yourself off nicotine gradually. Get yourself one of the best vape pens from Dopeboo to get started and work on completely transforming your health. You’ll soon notice a difference in your cardiovascular activity as your lungs and circulation recover from the damage.

5. You lose motivation easily

When you first launch into a new fitness regime, you do so full of enthusiasm that helps carry you through those first few weeks. But soon, a missed session can become two, you start going back into old habits and before you know it – you’re back at square one. So what can you do to change the pattern?

Whatever that’s causing you to lose your motivation, learn to tackle it. Read Buzzfeed’s ‘29 Smart Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work Out’ to give you some ideas for beating those common flake excuses that could be holding you back. Scheduling your workouts according to what you have planned for the week can help you to work around your other commitments and not let life get in the way of your goals.

Whatever your fitness goals, whether you’d like to run a marathon or tone your tummy – try not to be too hard on yourself. Instead of focusing on trying to make dramatic changes, try evolving into the best version of yourself instead. This way, you can embrace new lifestyle changes at a pace that suits you, without the pressure and disappointment that tough targets can cause. It may not always be easy, but if you work hard, the results will be worth it in the end.

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Do you feel like you spend a lot of time doing things that are relatively unimportant? Or do you feel like you need to switch things up to make the most of the time you have on your hands each day? What you’re experiencing is a desire for a more streamlined and efficient way of living.

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Plan Everything in Advance

Planning is such a good way for you to ensure you tackle challenges in the right kind of way. It can eliminate a lot of your wasted time because you will have had the chance to think about what you’re going to do and how you’re going to use your time before you even take any action. So get into the habit of planning things out methodically and clearly ahead of time.

Set Realistic Goals for Yourself

Another way to live more efficiently involves setting goals for yourself that you can then focus on and pursue each day. These goals will allow you to pay more attention to what you’re doing and how you’re spending your time each day so it’s definitely something that’s worth pursuing for you. The goals need to be realistic for them to have any worth in your life however.

Change How You Drive

Inefficient driving can cost you a lot of money if you’re not careful so changing up how you drive your car each day could be a massive boost to you and your family. So what does efficient driving actually look like? The key to driving more efficiently is driving more smoothly and not starting and stopping so often. The smoother and less stop-start your driving experience is, the more fuel and money you’ll save.

Learn How to Work Efficiently

How you carry out your work has an impact on your career success so it makes sense to start thinking about how efficiently you’re able to work. Working efficiently can mean many different things in many different contexts so it requires you to tread carefully and think it through. If you run a business, it might be a good idea to study lean manufacturing education, which helps with efficiency. Or it might simply be a case of removing distractions from your place of work.

Stop Trying to Multitask

This is the cardinal sin that people are guilty of when they’re trying to become more efficient. Doing multiple things at the same time makes sense when you’re looking to live in a more efficient kind of way, right? Wrong. In fact, multitasking can often make you even less efficient than you are right now because you end up doing a lot of things badly and not even saving much time. It’s a false economy in the truest sense so stop!

Efficiency will improve your life if you embrace it, and now you know how to do exactly that. Each of these ideas will improve your efficiency levels in a different area of your life.

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There comes a time in life where you just need to grab the bull by the horns, take the plunge, make the change. Things that you have been sitting on for absolutely ages but never got round to doing, either out of fear, complacency or not knowing where to start. Most people wait for the New Year to start implementing resolutions, but this doesn’t have to be the way. Why wait for an arbitrary day to get stuff moving? Start with the here and now.

But what if you’re struggling to realize what needs to change? Let’s take a look at a few things which the more motivated among us are striving to make better for themselves…

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Making More Time

Whether this is more time to get ready in the morning, setting aside more time to see your friends or simply taking some time out for yourself, it’s hard to conjure up something that doesn’t exist. If this time is already filled and you know that you are busying yourself way too much, start cutting out the unnecessary things. Doing things that you don’t really enjoy, not matter how good they are for you (hot yoga, anybody?) only puts you into the frame of mind that you don’t have any time to spare because you’re spending it doing this instead. Fill your life with the things that you love.

Changing Yourself

There is always something that we want to change about ourselves, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be physical. If it is physical, it’s something that needs to be researched. Both diets and cosmetic work are things that need to be sat down and thought about, not only in terms of money spent, but more so how much you want the desired outcome. Let’s take, for example, dental implants; cosmetic dentistry procedures start with a free consultation, which is just what you need to get you on track to see whether it’s for you or not. It gives the time and the professional advice to think it over. If it’s more of a lifestyle change or attitude change, connect with those who you know exhibit the traits that you want to learn or possess. Hang around with kind people all day long, and you’ll start to be kind; hang around with those with a quick-wit, and you’ll pretty soon be picking that up, too. It’s all about the circles that you choose to be a part of.

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Pushing Your Goals

We are so at risk of just sitting back and being content with what we’ve got. This should wait for when we’re older – much older! Always push your boundaries and further your goals. Being able to give yourself the determination and motivation to strive for better is something that can’t be bottled or bought. It’s something that needs to come from within, and while there are so many sites online to tell you how to do this, often it’s just something that needs to be figured out by ourselves.

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I’m not so sure I believe in New Year’s Resolutions, per say. I feel like that term has a bit of a negative connotation- associated with failed attempts to work out every day, for example.

This year, I’m making no resolutions, but goals. As I said in my Greenery gift guide, my number one goal is to become more fiscally responsible. I’m actually going to be a big girl and walk into PNC and have a chat with them. I put money from every paycheck into a 401K, and have that set to increase by 1% every year, but I’m kind of bad at saving. I also went a little overboard with Christmas shopping this year because I love giving gifts, so I want to see the best way to cut down on credit card debt. Am I nervous about talking to a stranger about my financial situation? A little. But that is what they are there for, so why not utilize that resource.

I also want to start saying no a little bit more if I need to. I remember another blogger telling me that she always caps herself at 2 events per week. Especially now that I’m really sharing a home with someone, that it something I can stick to. I’ve certainly come out of my shell more as a blogger this year, but no need to inundate myself with networking because I won’t be at my best if I’m strung out and stressed anyway.

I will continue working on my roar this year- my goal on the blog is usually 5 posts per week and an Instagram post a day. I’ll try by hardest to stick to that, but be kind to myself if I can’t. Once I hit 10,000 insta followers (I’m quite a bit away from that ATM), I’d like to start a small graphic t company. That won’t happen if I’m not posting enough quality content.

Professionally, I’m semi-looking to move careers to something more people based. I ‘d love to work in events, so I’ve been planning my own and trying to rock that. For example, I approached Mason Inn myself about and NYE party, connected them with a DJ, and I’m marketing the hell out of it. I actually told Sophie of Rosé Media that I was looking to get out of accounting and back into Comm and she told me to just start it as a side hustle and it’ll grow, so I’m just doing what I love and hoping I can one day make a career out of it.

Personally, I’d like to travel more. My dad got Kendall and I a GoPro, and we can’t wait to adventure more together and use it! I also have an unlimited CorePower membership- I want to get back to more yoga. I should be taking advantage- I always love how I feel after a good practice!

I’m so excited for 2017. What are your goals and plans?

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