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Kickstart Your Fitness in 2012!


Are you ready to climb to reach your goals in 2012? Credit: Hitchster

It’s that time of year again. A new year, a fresh start. The time when everyone vows to put the decadence of the holidays behind them and jump back into health and fitness. While we’re all about enjoying our annual holiday splurges, we always try not to erase all of our progress during the last few weeks of the year! Regardless of how you and your self-control fared in December, January is a new beginning and a new opportunity to set goals and aim big for the New Year. Whether it’s your goal to lose a bit of pregnancy weight, take more time for yourself or try to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet, make sure you take a moment to take stock of your 2011 accomplishments and plan for the future. Below are a few of my goals for 2012!

Erin’s Goals for 2012

1. Power through childbirth, hopefully naturally. When it comes to labor and delivery, you can only plan so much. My goal for a drug-free childbirth experience last time was certainly helped by the fact that my daughter was in a huge hurry, and I barely even made it to the hospital. I’m hoping this baby is drama free, makes it to at least 37 weeks and allows me enough time to make it to the hospital without inducing panic, yet comes quickly enough that I’m not begging for an epidural.

2. Make time for three workouts each week. It’s going to get busy around here with two little ones in the house, but once this baby arrives (and I’m no longer in pain), I plan to make time for myself and get my sweat on. I’ve missed my regular workouts and admit that I’ve slacked this pregnancy workout-wise compared to last, so I’ll be ready to get my rear in gear come spring. I also attended a Zumba class recently, so I’m planning to gyrate my hips in the new year. Apologies to those who have to see it.

3. Cut down on technology. I try not to be one of those people who ignores people in real life to check my messages or Facebook obsessively, but I do get on my own nerves with the checking of the BlackBerry nonstop. In the New Year I’m going to cut down on all technology, check my phone less during the day to focus on my daughter and turn off the computer at least an hour before bed to wind down.

What are your goals for 2012? Share them below and stay tuned this week for special posts that will help you kickstart your fitness in the new year! Be sure to check in over at Fit Bottomed Girls this week for giveaways and tons of motivation for the New Year, too! —Erin

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