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Fit and Fabulous – Plan and Prepare

January 4, 2017
Fit and Fabulous

Fit and Fabulous

The first step towards being Fit & Fabulous this year is about defining your goal and preparing. Planning and Preparation are the key to success.  Without a plan we drift along and soon lose sight of what we really want.

Ask yourself two questions: 

Where are You Now?

Where do You want to be?

The answers to these two questions will help you set your goal(s) will give you something definitive to work towards.

Step 1 – Define your goal.

What changes do you want to make to your health and wellbeing?  During the first week you will start putting a plan into place.

For me, my journey to being more Fit and Fabulous this year includes all areas of my life.  That means setting goals for a healthy lifestyle including exercise and making changes to what I eat and drink.  It also means including goals for an improved mental and spiritual health.

Today I sat down with my personal trainer and we wrote down what we wanted to achieve in the next 3 months.  We then broke it down into steps to achieve each major goal.

In order to measure your progress, you will need to keep track of your Fit and Fabulous journey.

NOTE:  Before undertaking any new exercise or dietary changes please consult your doctor and get the go ahead.

Step 2 – PLAN

  • Define your goal, write it down and stick it on the mirror AND your refrigerator
  • Once you have your major goal – break it down into smaller steps
  • Define your Reward – it might be a photo of a new outfit, a new hairstyle of even a holiday destination you will treat yourself to when you achieve your goal.  Rewarding yourself doesn’t mean it has to be food.

 Step 3 – PREPARE

You have your goals set so now you need to PREPARE.  Lack of preparation can make you stall before you even get started.  So here are some key planning tips:

  • Buy a diary and schedule in your exercise – just as you would any other appointment.  Remember you are worth it and spending time on yourself with exercise is just as important as going to the doctor or dentist or even having your car serviced.
  • Prep your menu – compile your menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the next two weeks. Then write a shopping list.  It is easy to give up if you don’t have the ingredients on hand.
  • Prep your food – prepare meals and snacks ahead of time.  My P.T. preps her foods each Sunday so there is no chopping, cutting etc., she just has everything ready to go.


  • Write your Plan and Prepare
  • Go for a 30 minute walk 5 times this week.  If you aren’t up to 30 minutes go for as long as you can safely walk.  Read Walk Your Way to Fitness
  • Don’t want to walk?  Try doing some form of exercise each day that YOU ENJOY.
  • Clear out your pantry and refrigerator of all processed foods.  Fresh is Best!
  • Drink 2 litres of Water each Day

Let’s Stop Talking and Start Doing today!  Are you with me?

The next step – Creating a daily ritual


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  • Reply January 4, 2017 at 16:54

    I couldn’t agree more about the need to put concrete steps in place for a plan Sue. It’s so easy to say “I’d like to lose 10kg” or “I want to be fit” or “I want a better job” etc but without a step by step plan, they are just dreams that will probably never happen. I’m already doing the walking – I might make that Yoga App my next step!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 4, 2017 at 17:17

      I’m sure you will enjoy the Yoga App Leanne. It is a great introduction for beginners and you can do it at home in your own time. Hope it goes well.x

  • Reply Carol ("Mimi") January 4, 2017 at 22:51

    Great post for the New Year. I’ve made my typical resolution about getting fit. I’m following up with visits to the gym and to Weight Watchers. Thanks for some great tips regarding putting a solid plan in place.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 5, 2017 at 05:07

      Hi Mimi, good for you and I know that being fit is probably one of the most popular resolutions each year. I just take it a day at a time and try for a lifestyle change which I’ve found works for me. Have a great day!

  • Reply Donna January 5, 2017 at 01:53

    Hi, Sue – Thank you for stopping by my site. And thank you to Leanne for introducing us. My personal focus for this year is health and nutrition. I can already tell that your blog will provide great resources in this area. I look forward to following further.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 5, 2017 at 05:05

      Hi Donna thanks for popping over to comment. I tried to subscribe but couldn’t as it kept asking me to change my settings for I hope you find some helpful information and look forward to following you now that I’ve discovered you! Have a fit and fabulous day!

  • Reply Marian January 5, 2017 at 03:44

    I used up some incentive points that were expiring end of 2016 and got a Fitbit. Because I am very goal-oriented, I now am compelled to do my 10K daily steps. I never realized my heart rate would increase and I would sweat with an hour of brisk walking. And how energizing it is. It’s not where I want to be but it’s a start. I never really thought about creating a Fitness plan before; great idea!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 5, 2017 at 05:04

      Oh you sound very much like me Marian – I’m goal-oriented and did Steptember where I had to walk 10,000 steps each day. I would be walking around the living room before bed if I hadn’t reached my 10,000 LOL:) A good brisk walk is one of the best forms of exercise and it is free! Thanks for stopping by and have a fit and fabulous day!

  • Reply Mel @ Melba Says January 5, 2017 at 18:01

    My kids and I went for a bush walk today…according to the fitness app on my phone I walked 5.82 klms. Building my fitness back up this year is an important goal for me.

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

      Great work 5.82kms! Fitness can sometimes be the key to everything can’t it? I find if I’m feeling fit I feel much happier and have the energy to do more – especially running around after my grandson who is almost 3. Have a wonderful 2017. x

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