Goals for the New Year {inspiration board time}

Let’s get the New Year’s party started early with some inspiration boards! (We party hard over here) I’ll share my list of personal, professional and health-related goals for the year and then delve into creating your own fitness action plan. Post your inspiration boards in the comments so we can motivate each other into the new year!

New Year's Resolution Fitness Inspiration

I have slightly mixed feelings about New Year’s resolutions. Part of me feels like if you want to implement change, do it ASAP, sans the pressure of an ambiguous date. On the other hand, there’s the nice, crisp feeling of a fresh new year and chance to turn the page. Even though I make small changes throughout the year as needed, I also like to take some time at the beginning of each year to assess and create action plans for my goals.

Here’s a little glance at my inspiration board, which you can find on Pinterest here:


Inspiration board


My Goals for the New Year

Personal Goals

1. While it can be fun to teach your child facts and skills, my true goal is to teach Livi compassion, kindness and respect to others. The best way to do this is living by example. 

2. Have a wine country vacation! I’ve never been and am so excited to live a little closer to the land of my favorite beverage πŸ˜‰

3. Start speaking Spanish more frequently with Livi

4. Read at least one book per month

5.  Turn negatives into positives. Look for a positive twist next time I feel like griping or complaining.

6. Start practicing the piano again. It’s been collecting dust for far too long, and I have no idea if I can still read sheet music. I think it would be good for my brain πŸ˜‰

7. Find a place to live in San Diego. Derp. 

8. Tell myself that everything starts a half hour before it really begins…


Professional Goals

1. Barre certification (either through Pure Barre or Booty Barre)

2. Finish my Weight Loss Specialist certification (due at the end of January!)

3. Start to work on DVD #2 (which will likely not be a physical DVD, but rather a digital download)

4. Finish the manuscript for book #1 in March and start to work on promotion strategies. Maybe there’s a speaking class that could teach me to not be so awkward? πŸ˜‰

5. Start to explore more freelance opportunities. It’s always been a huge goal of mine to write for a magazine (and design the little tear-out workouts!), so maybe I could look into something along that path. 

6. Work on photography skills! I’m pretty sure I say this every year, but it’s something I’m always working on improving.

Eggplant rounds

Health Goals

1. Continue to practice yoga at least twice weekly into the new year

2. Run another half marathon

3. Host a Zumbathon with a live DJ and drummers to support a charity

4. Meditate for at least five minutes each day before bed

5. Focus on sleeping at least eight hours and drinking 96oz of water each day. 

As far as fitness goes, I want to stay in my usual routine in addition to the classes I’ll be teaching. I’d love to focus on barre classes, run a little bit more often -California is an amaaaazing place to run!- strength train, HIIT it, and yoga my little heart out. 

Barre burner filming

Do you have any big fitness goals for the new year?

Post-Holiday Fitness Resolution Tips

Starting fresh with Fitness

If you’re just starting out with a fitness routine, make sure that you don’t overwhelm yourself with too many changes at once. Focus on one attainable goal or change you can accomplish each week, and build from there. For example, nix soda the first week. The second week, walk for 15 minutes each day. After you build up your cardio base (30 minutes easy to moderate cardio most days of the weight), you can start to add in light strength training if you’d like. Meet with a personal trainer who can help you with proper form and setting realistic goals for the new year. Remember that if your goal is to become a healthy weight: weight lost quickly often comes back quickly. Slow and steady wins the race. 

Maintaining Your Fitness

Keep things fresh and exciting! If you already have a fitness routine you know and love, see what tiny changes you can make to prevent boredom and decrease the probability of plateaus. (Check out this post for ways to change up your routine!) Also, see if there are any challenges or fitness events you can participate and train for in the new year (race, Zumbathon, yoga challenge, plank challenge, etc). Keep your body guessing and constantly rearrange your schedule to keep the fitness magic alive πŸ˜‰

Getting Back in the Swing of Things

Focus on the activities you know you enjoy. If you hate running: skip it! There are a thousand different fitness activities out there and you probably have a great idea of what you prefer. How did you get off the wagon in the first place? Look back and see what changes you can make to prevent that from reoccurring. Maybe you burned yourself out by doing too much; maybe you were injured or had another personal or health event happen; maybe life got too busy for fitness to be a priority. That’s ok. Assure yourself that chapter is closed, assess what you can do differently this time, and open the page to your new year of fitness. 

If you’re looking for fitness and meal ideas and motivation, don’t forget that Winter Shape Up (4 weeks of full nutrition and fitness plans) starts in January. I’ll be posting about it as we get closer, so be sure to check back for more info–it’s going to be a good one! πŸ™‚ It’s free for readers and always will be.

Pin Your Resolution Inspiration!

Make an inspiration board on Pinterest with your personal, health and professional goals for the new year. If you’d like, list a few in the comments section -I’d love to read them!- or a link to your Pinterest board. I’ll share a few in this week’s Friday Faves, too!

Have a lovely day.

See ya next year πŸ™‚



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  1. Lindsay and Tim @ Fit with Farrar on January 2, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Your first personal resolution for 2014 is absolutely money….completely struck a cord with us as new parents. The rest aren’t too bad either πŸ˜‰

    Congratulations on the book deal!!! You are very deserving of all these blessings…..keep up the great work!

  2. Trish on January 2, 2014 at 10:04 am

    First time creating a virtual vision board! http://www.pinterest.com/winterhunt/2014-goals-resolutions/

  3. Josephine on January 2, 2014 at 12:27 pm
  4. Cortney on January 2, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    I love Booty Barre. Probably one of my favorite certs, I have ever taken!

  5. Shaina Anderson on January 2, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    still a work in progress πŸ™‚ http://www.pinterest.com/shainaleigh99/2014-goals/

  6. Katie on January 2, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    My 2014 board: http://www.pinterest.com/katimus/2014/
    A work in progress!

  7. China on January 3, 2014 at 11:58 am

    My board is still in progress, but here’s where I am so far! I’m so looking forward to the new year/fresh beginning. I’m not aiming for huge major changes β€” just little tweaks to spice things up!


    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2014 at 5:49 pm


  8. Juliana on January 3, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Inspiration board (a work in progress):

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2014 at 5:44 pm


  9. Alissa on January 4, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    I have always enjoyed your inspiration board post, so much that I always go out and buy the supplies to make one but never get around to it. This year I actually made one that is almost complete, and it’s hanging where it is the last thing I see at night & the first thing in the morning. I am excited to check out everyone’s pinterest boards!

  10. Jessica on January 5, 2014 at 4:27 am

    Sis, are you in 5th grade with your cutting out magazines & pasting them to a poster board? And please stop asking other people to do it too, they’re just trying to be nice and saying “I need to do one” or “I’m working on one”… They aren’t. They’re not in in 5th grade….or are they? Or are they just butt kissers? Just being truthful!

    • Fitnessista on January 5, 2014 at 10:45 am

      if you read the post, it indicates that we did the inspiration boards on pinterest the past two years….

    • Erika on January 7, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      Oprah just aired a show recently on OWN with several “spiritual leaders” and they all talked about the power of having a vision board – and even showed examples of theirs on the show – cut out magazines, glue stick-ed and all. So…yes, adults actually do make vision/inspiration boards. Based on the individuals (including me) who created inspiration boards for 2014, I don’t think that Gina’s readers are just “being nice.” I’m not sure why you feel the need to judge how people choose to motivate themselves.

  11. Cara on January 5, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    I forgot to leave mine! It is still in progress:)

    • Fitnessista on January 5, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      it’s beautiful! love the hair you pinned, too!

  12. Mollie on January 7, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Not sure if you were serious about looking for a public speaking class, but if so you could look up your local Toast Masters. My dad’s done it for decades and loves it.

    Also, I think you’d be a great nutrition coach. I’m signing up this year for Precision Nutrition and they have a program where you can coach people online: http://www.precisionnutrition.com/certification-level-1
    I think you and they have similar philosophies.

    • Fitnessista on January 7, 2014 at 10:14 am

      thank you! i’m seriously interested πŸ™‚ going to check out toastmasters! has it helped your dad??
      i’ll look into that program. it might be fun to do something like that after we move πŸ™‚

  13. Mollie on January 8, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Yea, my dad has found Toast Masters super helpful. You get to speak often in front of a friendly crowd and get helpful feedback. My dad’s also met lots of interesting folks and learned all sorts of things from hearing other’s speeches.

    • Fitnessista on January 8, 2014 at 10:43 am

      perfect. i’m excited to check it out!

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