2016 – New Year, New Goals

Happy New Year! I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season and have had a good start to 2016! I can’t believe how fast 2015 flew by. 2015 was a very eventful year. Kevin and I moved from Chicago to Scottsdale Arizona in July and both started new jobs. We took a trip to Cabo San Lucas Mexico with my family in April prior to our move, and enjoyed a couple of road trips to San Diego and Los Angeles.  We made a trip back to Michigan in October for our good friends Mike and Samantha’s wedding and made it back to Michigan again in December to enjoy Christmas with both Kevin and I’s families. What a year!


I’m excited to see what adventures 2016 holds. Personally, I’ve spent some time over the last few weeks setting new goals for 2016. I’ve found that writing down my goals, printing them out and signing them is the best way to hold myself accountable. At the end of the year I’ll make a list of all that I accomplished and compare that to my original goals to see which of my goals I was able to meet, and which if any will carry into the next year.

This year I’m really focusing on my fitness. I’ve been working really hard in the gym, shifting more of my workout to strength training while still mixing in some cardio and a Pure Barre class once a week. I can’t believe how much stronger I feel already. I’m going to continue to challenge myself in every workout as I enter the new year instead of just going through the motions in the gym, while also focusing more on my nutrition. My main goal is to cut out some of the sugar in my diet and be more conscious of the carbs I’m eating. In the past I’ve been hung up on eating low calorie or fat free foods, often times missing how much sugar can be in some of these alternatives. Just the other day I looked at the nutrition label of my “fat free” greek yogurt to find that it had 25 grams of sugar! Yuck!

Other than fitness and nutrition, I also have some travel goals for the year. Kevin and I are currently planning a trip to climb Machu Picchu in Peru with some friends and family and we also plan to travel to Southeast Asia later in the year. It will be a big year of travel for us, so I’m excited to get our trips finalized and have something to look forward to!

As I finalize my goals, I encourage everyone to set their intention for the year and spend some time writing down your goals before you go on auto pilot and get distracted by all the responsibilities of every day life. Make your goals attainable but push yourself to think outside of your comfort zone. It’s okay if you don’t accomplish 100% of the goals you set. If you always accomplish every goal it may mean you aren’t setting your goals high enough. Cheers to a year of health, happiness and kicking butt!

– A –




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