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8 Steps to a Successful Resolution

How are your New Year’s resolutions going? I TRULY hope they are going well, I mean it is only January 5th. But, according to a commonly cited statistic only 8% of people actually keep their resolutions. No wonder we “repeat” our resolutions year after year. That percentage will NOT move us to the next grade! Today I wanted to share some tactics, tips, and advice on how to create a resolution (or goal) and set yourself up for success. It’s not enough to just state, “I want to lose 30lbs this year” we need to dig deeper. So, here are some steps to take

Step 1: Create SMART Goals (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound).
ex. I will  spend less time on devices when with my kids. My SMART goal is:
“I will designate specific times during the day to check social media/email (6-8am; nap time; after 8pm) AND will only be on it during those times to do designated work (after 8pm I can mindlessly scroll). I will put a note with these times on my computer and phone and will keep devices out of reach.”

*notice my goal is an “I WILL” statement. write yours this way as well

Step 2: Add a WHY to the Goal – the why is our motivation and what will help keep us on track. My Why for the above goal is, “I want to set a good example for my children; I want to be intentionally present while I’m with them; I don’t want to miss out on these potential memories; and I find I can keep the house a little tidier when I don’t waste time on social media all day.”

Step 3: Write a Contract – Print out your SMART goals (I WILL statements) and your Why; sign it; and hang it somewhere you will see it everyday (bathroom mirror). This way you can check in daily to make sure you are on track. 

Step 4: Find an Accountability Partner: You may need to find a few people to keep you  accountable. First, you want someone with similar goals to work parallel to you. Second, you want a person who will be supportive, but will also be honest and let you know when you are slacking. Third, find someone to act as a mentor; someone who has accomplished the goal (can even be someone online via a blog, video, etc.). Fourth, find a community associated w/ that goal; the sense of belonging is comfortable, safe, and motivating.

Step 5: Believe in Yourself – you need to believe it’s possible for it to actually be possible. On the contract from Step 3 write motivating statements such as: “I can do this,” “I WILL do this,” “I deserve this,” “My family deserves this,” “I BELIEVE in myself.”

Step 6: Choose Goals that Fit Your Life – we all have different capabilities and realities. Just because Jane down the street; who doesn’t work or have kids, hired a trainer for 3hrs everyday, had a personal chef, and went on a weight loss retreat for a month; lost 50lbs last year that’s likely not your reality. Be practical about your goal and plan for how to accomplish it. Take small steps and build upon that.

Step 7: Create a Habit – practice your goals and stay consistent. This will soon turn the actions into a habit and will not just be something you do, but will be a part of who you are. If you slip on a goal, don’t let that be the be-all and end-all. Just jump right back into it. We ALL slip at times. It’s not a matter of how many times you slip, it’s how many times you are willing to get back up!

Step 8: Reward Yourself – while building that habit, be sure to reward yourself for every little success. This will help keep you motivated to continue with the goal until it does become habit and you no longer have to think about it. Have a goal to work out consistently? Why not treat yourself with a chocolate square after each workout (once it’s habit you won’t need the chocolate to motivate you). Or, pamper yourself after a week of great workouts (massage, hair, nails, new clothes, etc.)

So, what are your resolutions / goals this year?

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It’s the Holidays! Avoid Falling Off the Wagon Without Skipping Grandma’s Pie

Thanksgiving is a holiday that revolves around eating, like so many other holidays coming up! We shouldn’t feel like we can’t partake in this family-oriented, fun event; or that we can’t try out all the delicious foods displayed before us. You can, and should, eat a bit of everything. You just have to do so with some intent. Healthy habits often fall to the wayside between Halloween and the New Year, which then sets people back in their goals and requires them to reestablish their habits in the New Year. The unfortunate part is too many people fail at reestablishing their healthy habits and continue in a spiral of bad habits. DON’T GO DOWN THAT SPIRAL! Enjoy your slice of pie, then divvy out the leftovers.

Here are a few tips and ideas of how to keep your healthy habits in check during the holidays:

1. Portion control – take a little bit of everything on your first plate with the intention of skipping seconds. This way you don’t fill up on half of the foods there and feel as though you just HAVE to get more because you are yet to try grandma’s famous sweet potatoes.

2. Take a walk – while the turkey is cooking take time with the family to stroll around the neighborhood and work up those appetites. Have a walk planned for after the meal too, this might help you avoid overstuffing yourself, since you know you’ll have to get moving soon.

3. Play – whether it’s football, catch, a game of tag, use these fun games to interact with the family regularly and have fun while getting fit.

4. Kitchen workouts – instead of standing around taste testing all the food as it cooks, try some of these simple exercises between basting bouts: lunges, squats, bicep curls with canned goods, jumping jacks, pushups.

5. Plan ahead – make plans with people to do workouts between Thanksgiving and New Years to help push each other to actually go. Whether it’s the gym, an activity outside, an in-home workout, ice skating, or signing up for a new activity; if you have someone doing it with you it makes it a lot more fun and a lot more likely you will actually do it.

6. Don’t wait until New Years – there is no time like the present to get started on a healthy habit adventure. Today you can begin the journey of making simple changes in your daily life to become a happier, healthier, and more energetic you.

7. Give away leftovers – keep a minimal amount for yourself, then give the rest to guests as they leave. This will help prevent you from digging into the sugary goodness every day for the next two weeks. If you don’t have the temptation in front of you it’s much easier to resist.

8. Watch the Facebook Page & Instagram for a special Turkey Day workout

These are just a few ways to keep on top your healthy habits without missing out on all your favorite dishes. Enjoy and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 

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Healthy Living Conveniently & Easily

After talking with a client the other day, she suggested I update my website to talk more about my niche. I asked what exactly she meant and how she viewed my niche. She went on to say my niche was obviously “convenience” and making it “easy for people to live a healthy life.” I hadn’t really thought of that as my niche before, possibly because I’ve always thought working out and staying healthy should be made as easy and convenient as possible. But, it’s exciting to have a niche and I look forward to conveniently helping others workout and develop healthy habits with ease.

HOW HAHN FITNESS OFFERS CONVENIENCE AND EASE:

IN-HOME PERSONAL TRAINING:

  • I come to you, in the comfort of your own home.
  • This way you can’t really be late (because I’m always on time!).
  • You can’t sleep through your alarm, because the doorbell will wake you up anyway.
  • You don’t have to factor in travel time to/from the gym.
  • If you don’t have equipment I will bring some with me (TRX, dumbbells, bosu, resistance bands, etc).
  • If it’s nice outside we can always meet at a park!
  • If you have pets or babies I am happy to entertain them during the workout. I can’t pass up a good baby snuggle or dog petting session.

HEALTHY HABITS ADVENTURE – ONLINE PROGRAM: 

  • The online program allows you to do the video workouts whenever and wherever works for you.
  • Together we strategize how many workouts you’ll do, when you should plan to do them, what types of meals to aim for and other healthy goal setting strategies.
  • You get a healthy eating cookbook with simple, easy recipes
  • You also have access to me via phone, text, email, and the Facebook group.
  • Weekly emails help keep you on track, as do the weekly tracking calendars. 
  • With planning ahead you will eat out less and save money & time
  • There is NO extreme dieting and NO additional costs of supplements. It’s all food (yay!)
  • We set small, achievable goals and changes to set you up for success.
  • The foundation helps turn these changes into habits, so your new healthy lifestyle is sustainable.

I get so excited about helping people create healthy habits. It does not have to be complicated,  take hours every day, or make you miss out on other aspects of your life. Together we can conveniently, easily, and strategically create healthy habits.

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Strategies to Reduce Added Sugar Intake

Sugar is everywhere, but it is not our friend. The American Heart Association says adults should limit daily sugar to 6 tsps (25 g) for women and 9 tsps (38 g) for men. Yet, the average American consumes 19.5 teaspoons (82 grams) every day. To give you an idea of what these numbers mean; many flavored espresso drinks contain 25+ grams of sugar. So, how can you combat the sugar frenzy and limit your added sugar intake?

  • Read Packages – it’s unbelievable how much sugar can be in “healthy” packaged foods. Read labels to see how much sugar they contain. Here are some common sugars found in foods: corn sweetener, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, fruit juice concentrates, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, invert sugar, lactose, maltose, malt syrup, raw sugar, sucrose, sugar syrup, cane crystals, cane sugar, crystalline fructose, evaporated cane juice, corn syrup solids, malt syrup.
  • Check Your Mood – why are you reaching for the sugary snacks? Are you stressed, hungry because you skipped a snack/meal, sad? Find ways to combat those feelings and better manage them. Stressed – exercise, talk to a friend, meditate. Hungry – don’t skip meals; plan out your day, eat healthy fats and protein to keep fuller longer. Sad – talk to someone; go on a walk and talk with a friend; do something that makes you smile.
  • Drink Water – have water be your primary beverage. If you love coffee or tea try adding just a little milk and skipping the flavored syrups.
  • Limit, Don’t Completely Cut it Out – everything in moderation. When we try to go cold-turkey it often results in a binge fest. It’s better to limit sugar and plan it into your weekly diet (ie. have a birthday party to attend and know you’ll have some cake? Then skip your vanilla latte and go for a regular coffee with milk)
  • Don’t Fake It – Artificial sweeteners are all the rage, but could they be doing more harm than good? When we eat sugary foods our body expects calories, but when the sweetness isn’t followed by calories, such as with artificial sweetners, our body craves those calories and we often end up replacing them with other food sources, which can lead to weight gain. read more 
  • Eat Sweet Whole Foods: When the sweet tooth kicks in reach for some sweet fruit with natural sugars instead of a candy bar.
  • Halloween Alternatives: with halloween coming up, here’s a quick strategy to keep you sugar-light! Hand out toys, stickers, spider rings, small playdoh, glow bracelets, bouncy balls, etc. This way you won’t be tempted by leftover candy.

What other ways can YOU reduce added sugar in your diet?

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Self-Care Strategies

Fall_RunWhat exactly is “self-care” and why do we find it so hard to do. For some it just isn’t prioritized and for others a sense of guilt is associated with it. But, WHY on earth should we feel guilty for taking care of ourselves?!

What is Self-Care?

Self-care is a deliberate activity we do to help care for our mental, physical and emotional health. The activity should “refuel” you. It is NOT a selfish act. If we don’t care for ourselves we can’t care for others and we can easily become burned out. You deserve to be the best version of you and this is why self-care is so important. Self-care will help you find a good life balance which will allow you to do your job better, feel better, care for others better, and be the best you.

Self-Care is different for everyone, but some examples include:

  • Spending time with loved ones
  • Do regular doctor visits
  • Laugh
  • Relax someway everyday; a 20 minute walk, reading a book, meditating, bath
  • Don’t avoid aches and pains; get a massage, go to the doctor, do acupuncture, yoga
  • Make plans with friends
  • Do something you enjoy everyday
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Eat healthy
  • Exercise; it’s great for mind and body!
  • Counseling / therapy is a great way to work with a professional to enhance the health of the mind. Being able to openly talk to someone who can provide constructive feedback can largely benefit anyone

Add these activities into your daily schedule and get friends/family on board to help keep you accountable. It takes practice to do self-care, but the more you do it the more it’ll become a habit.

We can’t be our best version if we don’t take care of ourselves. Personally my favorite self-care activities include:

  • taking baths
  • walking (I walk alone every Saturday morning)
  • having dinner with friends (I try to do this every other week)
  • snuggling with my son while he watches his TV show before bed
  • exercising 4-5 days per week
  • cooking, but only 1-2 times per week (I can do so little b/c of meal prep!)

What will you do for your self-care this week?

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MEAL PREP

At the end of this blog are videos and recipes on how I prepped for the week 🙂

Here are some tips on how to get started with meal prep. I hope they help you succeed in your healthy living goals.
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Meal Prep is the BEST way to set yourself up for success when looking to create a healthy eating habit. If you plan your meals out each week and prep them as much as possible you are much more likely to stay on track AND it makes dinner time much less stressful. No one has time to cook every night, so don’t!

How to meal prep:

  • Pick a day or two each week where you can spend a solid amount of time prepping. Many people find Sundays and Wednesdays work well.
    • It’s easier to split up the prep; in regards to time, ingredient freshness, gauging how many more meals you need for the week (there are many times I end up not having to make my Wednesday meal until Thursday or Friday b/c I ended up with so much food, or had an unexpected dinner out with a friend), and time.
  • Figure out how many meals you need (breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks)
    • Do you have a lunch meeting/date? Dinner plans with friends? You likely won’t eat a home cooked food for every single meal every week.
  • Breakfast: Keep it simple and quick. Some great options are oatmeal or overnight oats, egg scramble (can put some in fridge to eat another day), fruit & yogurt. Choose a couple breakfast items to eat throughout the week.
  • Lunch & Dinner: Make 3-4 different types of meals to rotate throughout the week for both lunch and dinner.
    • Simple ideas:
      • Grill a variety of meat and eat with roasted veggies, with/on a salad, in a IMG_7306burrito or protein bowl, or in a wrap
      • Veggie Noodle Pasta with shrimp & pesto or ground turkey & marinara sauce
      • Shredded Chicken or Pork in crock pot to eat with roasted veggies, with/on a salad, in a burrito or protein bowl, or in a wrapIMG_7304
      • Stir Fry – just throw in any veggies you have left in the house; along with a protein and a little stir fry sauce
    • Storage: put single servings of meals in individual tupperware, so they are easy to grab. If there is anything you will need to add to it before consuming tape a note on the top with instructions. Keep items that are eaten cold separate from ones that will  need to be warmed in the microwave
  • Keep it simple: the less complicated you make the meals the easier it will be to prep
  • Simg_7203.jpgnacks: Don’t forget to plan out your snacks and prep those too. Aim to eat 2 snacks a day and choose 3-4 types of snacks each week
    • precut your fruits and vegetables, put together single servings of cottage cheese and fruit, put servings of almonds in a baggie; buy string cheese, have small containers to toss a tablespoon of Peanut Butter or hummus into so you can easily bring it with you.
  • Stick with it!

For anyone interested in additional help; there will be more guided assistance for meal prepping available in my 8-week Healthy Habits Adventure online program that will officially launch January 2018. (potential soft launch earlier). Contact me for details

3/11/18

So much food! I did make the Cashew Crusted Chicken at the end of the week and it was tasty!

2/11/18

This week I crushed my meal prep and have 3 awesome recipes all ready to rock. Here’s what I did to prep:

And here are the recipes for this week:

 

More Meal Plans

  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Shrimp & Veggie Kabobs
  • Butternut Squash, Kale coconut salad
  • Chicken Breast (grilled) for easy grabs
  • Chicken wings on grill
  • Edamame Spaghetti w/ shrimp & pesto
  • Chicken Crust Pizza (SO GOOD!)