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5 ways to a A Fit & Fabulous New Year

January 3, 2017
5 ways to a fit and fabulous new year

5 ways to a fit and fabulous new year

Okay it is a New Year and thoughts turn to making changes in our lives. We are bombarded through social media about the next ‘big’ thing to make us feel healthier and happier. Some things work and others don’t. We can be sucked into a false hope only to be shattered or disappointed because nothing seems to be working.

I’ve decided to make this year a Fit & Fabulous New Year. A year where I really look at my lifestyle and make those changes we all talk about – eating healthier, less alcohol, more exercise and most of all more happiness.

I’m finding lately that although I espouse to being fit and healthy, I’m doing well on the fitness side but maybe not so well on the fabulous side. Fabulous to me means feeling upbeat, a ‘spring in my step’ and just really feeling on top of everything. Most of all it means feeling happy within myself and looking forward to each day with enthusiasm for life.

I know that as we get older we probably say to ourselves ‘I’m over all of this, I’m not interested in exercise or eating well’ BUT we should be. I love the feeling of being fit and healthy in body and mind. LIFE IS BETTER because WE FEEL BETTER. It doesn’t have be to gruelling Bootcamp or starving ourselves – we can get results just by making lifestyle changes and being CONSISTENT.

It is easy to write these words and to encourage others to be this way. I’ve tried that with my Fab Fitters over at the #couchpotatotofabfit Facebook group and have received very positive feedback. The trouble is that sometimes I’m so busy giving my thoughts and advice to others that perhaps I’m not listening to myself. I’m not taking my own advice which is about being more relaxed and mindful about my life.

So in 2017 that is going to change!  My word for 2017 is ‘Simplify’ and that means we don’t have to be looking for the next big thing to make us healthy and happy.  It means taking a simple but consistent approach to all areas of our life.  Forget the crash diets, forget the gruelling workouts, forget the addiction to social media and the whirl of life.


How am I going to change things? Well….

Here are my 5 ways to a Fit & Fabulous New Year

1. Stop talking and start doing

Yes, I’m good at giving advice and talking about ways to be fit & fabulous now I need to JUST DO IT! I’m putting into action what I truly believe are ways to be Fit & Fabulous and living by example. That means eating well, exercising each day and taking time out to rest my mind and removing the words ‘Fad Diet’ from my vocabulary.

It is all about making healthier food choices rather than starving ourselves.  Good nutrition makes us feel vital and alive.

2. Start each day with time for me

Instead of jumping out of bed and straight onto social media or my website, I’ll be starting the day with time for ME. That means,

  • some quiet time to prepare for the day and what I want to achieve
  • exercise – it may be yoga, a walk or a run or a workout with my PT. Something to get me moving for the day.

3. Plan & Set targets

I’m using my last few days of this year to put a plan into place and set some targets for myself. Nothing can be achieved if I don’t have a plan which will help to keep me on track.

4. Enlist the help of a buddy and become accountable

I’m enlisting a buddy system to help me keep accountable. I have my P.T. and Saturday Sisters running group to help motivate me plus the Fab Fitters.

5. Reward & love myself

If I’m putting in the hard work and getting results then little rewards along the way will certainly help. That might be a massage, a day spa, a new outfit – something that makes me feel extra special.

It is also so important to learn to love the person that you are.  Being a Body Image Movement Ambassador means being healthy and happy with who we are as a person first and foremost.

Will you join me on a journey to being more Fit & Fabulous this year?

I will be regularly checking in with posts on how I’m going with my quest to be Fit & Fabulous this year.  I’ll be sharing what I have learned, new recipes to try and maybe some new fitness ideas.  I’d love you to follow and hopefully gain something yourself for ways to becoming more Fit & Fabulous.

If you would like to join me in a quest to be Fit & Fabulous join the Fab Fitters over at my #couchpotatotofabfit Facebook page and also subscribe to my website for more ideas on how we can be Fit & Fabulous this year!

Let’s Keep Sizzling!

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  • Reply Cathy Lawdanski January 3, 2017 at 07:40

    Excellent post, Sue! I agree with everything you said. Here’s to you getting that spring back in your step in 2017! Simplify!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 3, 2017 at 07:55

      Thanks Cathy! I think we all ‘overthink’ everything and get bombarded with advice. I’m going to try the simple approach and see how that goes. Happy 2017! x

  • Reply Michelle January 3, 2017 at 10:18

    Hello Sue, such a motivating post. I’ve indulged this holiday season and feeling the brunt of it. So needed this kick to jumpstart a new healthy year. Happy New Year!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 4, 2017 at 08:19

      Hey Michelle, it is so lovely to hear from you. I think we all over indulge during the holiday season but we can always start afresh can’t we? Have a happy and healthy New Year my friend.

  • Reply Kathy Marris January 3, 2017 at 11:42

    Great tips. I would love to be fit and fabulous in 2017 Sue! My problem is not lack of motivation or time but I keep injuring myself each time I get serious about exercise. I have just endured a few weeks of constant lower back pain and sciatica. I’m due back at my Pilates class next week so fingers crossed my back will be up for it.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 4, 2017 at 08:18

      Hi Kathy! Sorry to hear about your lower back pain. I can relate as I suffer from lower back pain and the only thing that keeps it on track is exercise with my PT and yoga. Looking forward to sharing our experiences to be Fit & Fabulous in 2017. Take care and don’t rush things so you avoid injury. x

  • Reply candy January 6, 2017 at 12:32

    Your ideas are perfect, I need to stop talking about doing and just start doing. Sound words of wisdom. Thanks for linking up with Blogging Gramdmothers Link Party.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 6, 2017 at 14:21

      Thanks Candy you are welcome to join us over in the #couchpotatotofabfit FB group.

  • Reply Carol ("Mimi") January 7, 2017 at 02:16

    Thanks for an encouraging and uplifting post! I keep trying to get fit, and then life gets in the way. Maybe this year . . .! Ha-ha. I will keep on trying. Thanks for some good ideas.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 7, 2017 at 05:53

      Thanks Mimi I’m so pleased you enjoyed it. Life can get in the way but we need to make sure we look after ourselves – otherwise we can’t enjoy life. Hope you can implement some changes to be Fit and Fabulous this year. Have a wonderful 2017!

  • Reply Clearissa Coward January 7, 2017 at 04:08

    This is the best Sue. I am joining a gym this weekend. One near my home. One that I will actually visit because of the convenience. I intend to set small attainable goals. Like go to the gym 2 times a week for 45 minutes. I can always up the number of days and/or the time, but the issue is just getting started. I am definitely looking for an affordable yoga class as well. I think yoga once a week will change my life. I used to attend yogo classes and I loved it. I also love palettes. But those classes are so expensive. Finally, I need to get up from the computer and take care of me. I am going to schedule my workout the same way I schedule any other important aspect of my life. Thank you for sharing with #blogginggrandmothers.

  • Reply Grammy Dee January 7, 2017 at 13:19

    Love the post, great tips! Now if I could just have the energy to get fit and fabulous. Thank you for partying with us at Blogging Grandmothers Link Party. I shared your post on my social media sites.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 7, 2017 at 15:28

      You can do it! Have a great week x

  • Reply Menaka Bharathi January 8, 2017 at 02:01

    Hello Sue! This is one motivational post I have been inspired a lot with. I love the stop talking and start doing tip a lot. True! I too need a lot of that, I have been asking people to get that ready and this ready but am not finding time to get to it. Now I think I will begin doing all those things I have been planning to. Wish you a happy New Year
    Menaka Bharathi – The Blogger’s Pit Stop

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 10, 2017 at 09:52

      I’m so happy you feel inspired Menaka! I wish you a Happy New Year and I’m sure you will start ticking things off your list. Have a great day!

  • Reply June January 8, 2017 at 06:17

    Great tips, Sue! We all have our individual journey, but these are things everyone can do!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 10, 2017 at 09:53

      Hi June! You are right that we all have our own journeys and what might be right for one isn’t necessarily good for someone else. It is a matter of trying things and then keeping what works for you. Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by. xx

  • Reply Beverly January 12, 2017 at 05:11

    Great post Sue. I agree with you, as we get older, I feel the need more than ever to get fit, exercising and eating healthy. We are at our best when we feel good about ourselves.
    Thanks for sharing at Over The Moon party,

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 12, 2017 at 09:19

      Thanks Bev! You are so right about feeling good about ourselves when we are feeling at our best. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by. x

  • Reply Michele January 12, 2017 at 05:30

    I am in! For me it is all about feeling better. Looking better is a great bonus. As I lose weight, I am starting to love shopping and deserve some new clothes. It is a nice reward for the hard work.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 12, 2017 at 09:21

      Oh great stuff! It is lovely rewarding yourself isn’t and buying some new clothes certainly helps us feel good about ourselves. Have a Fit & Fabulous year!

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