By Alex Kelley

I have a love-hate relationship with New Year’s.

I love that it’s a chance for a fresh start. The slate is wiped clean, and I’m ready to just go all out in all they ways to make the next year amazing. I make sure that all my Pinterest boards are ready: Fitness, Healthy Foods, Workouts, Cute Workout Clothes, Motivational Quotes, DIY Projects.

I tell myself that I’m going to live each day to the fullest.

I’m going to workout more, spend more time with family and friends, decrease the amount of time spent on my phone, read more books, etc. The list can go on forever. And that’s part of the reason why I hate New Years.

With all the wonderful things that I have planned to do going into the New Year, I get extremely overwhelmed. I only have 365 days to get ALL of this accomplished! It’s totally not going to happen.

And guess what? It never gets done.

For the beautiful year of 2017, I’ve decided to focus on my fitness goals and make ones that I actually CAN reach without getting overwhelmed and quitting. I’ve put together a little plan of 3 key steps to help me reach my goals, and I thought I would share them with anyone who is also looking to work on their fitness this coming year.

1.     Set Small Realistic Goals – I really struggle with this one because I’m very impatient and want results immediately. I always have to remind myself that I wasn’t in shape one day and out of shape the next morning. It took a while to get where I’m at today, and consequently, it’s going to take a while to get to where I want to be. Whether it’s something like losing 1-2 pounds per week or running a mile non-stop by the end of February, setting goals that are realistic and obtainable will keep me on track and moving forward to my ultimate end goal.

2.     Make A Schedule – It’s easy for me to say that I’m going to go to the gym 5 days per week, but it’s another thing to actually make it there. If I write it down on a calendar and see it regularly, I’ll be more likely to go AND less likely to schedule something on that same day. Lately, I’ve noticed that I double-book myself, so having a calendar is a great visual reminder that there is somewhere I need to be, and the gym then becomes a priority.

3.     Get An Accountability Partner – I really don’t do well working out by myself, but sometimes, it’s the only option. I have a friend that I already check in with on a regular basis to make sure that we have done the workouts that we said we would do and bounce healthy meal ideas off one another. Having her to check in with has made it easier for us to stay focused, plus it is always fun to celebrate accomplished goals, share struggles and encourage one another when times get tough.

My plan is a very small, 3 step plan, but it’s a plan nonetheless!

My hope is that by taking my big picture goal and breaking it down into little, obtainable goals, I won’t be so overwhelmed or discouraged when I don’t get where I want to be right away.  Putting together a schedule and having my accountability partner on the journey with me will be a reminder to stay on track as well as that extra encouragement that I’ll need along the way. I know it’s cliché to say, but I really have a feeling that 2017 is going to be the best year yet, and I’m excited to be the best version (and most fit version!) of myself that I can be!



Alex is a pharmacist by day and high school youth group CORE member by night. She loves ministering to the youth if the community, learning about the saints, cleaning, music and watching cooking shows, although she's not the greatest cook. When she's not spending time with her husband, Chris, Alex can be found scrolling through puppy pics on Instagram or organizing something in their home.

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