We're a few weeks into 2015 now and, well, this is usually when all those good intentioned resolution-based behaviours start to slip a bit. Whether you’ve set an intention to hydrate like an all-star, nourish your body with whole food and movement or make more time for rest and relaxation, all of these resolutions are great ideas. The problem with adhering to them for the long haul often lies with tying these healthy behaviours to a specific date on the calendar—one that has a certain deal of pressure attached to it. This isn’t to say that the BBS team isn’t all for overhauling one’s health and wellness routine for the better. Each member of the team has a few goals they are setting for this year, but we like to think there’s a difference between a goal and a resolution. And since the whole BBS community is killer at crushing goals, 2015 is sure to be an incredible year of accomplishments. We caught up with all your favourite barretenders to get the scoop on what ambitions they are chasing this year and their best advice for sticking with it when the going gets rough. Happy New Year, team!
Nicole: My goal for 2015 is simply to be fit and healthy. For me, this breaks down to six activities a week, lots of sleep and healthy eating. My advice is also pretty simple: be reasonable with your goals so that they are attainable. Make a plan and stick to it.
Vanessa: My 2015 goal find more balance. Find more time for the important things in life and learn that it's ok to say no to people. I’m focusing on quality instead of quantity. I always recommend taking baby steps towards reaching your goals. Things don't change overnight. It's not a quick sprint to the goal, but a journey in which we learn and grow to achieve it. Don't get discouraged if you loose track, as every passing moment is another chance to turn it all around—there is always tomorrow.
Toni: Goal: My goal for 2015 is to explore and experience. I want to take the time to get to know our city better and take in all that Calgary has to offer. My tips are very straightforward: Plan ahead and write it down.
Kenna: This year I’m focusing on my career goals. It's important to make a plan and timeline while incorporating elements of your goal into your daily life. This way you keep inching towards your goals every single day.
Johanna: In 2015 I’m making more time for meditation. When the going gets tough, remind yourself that it is suppose to be tough, that is what makes it so great and allows us to grow into the best version of ourselves.
Megan: My goals this year are to be more organized and floss more! Talking about your goals can really help. Friends and family are there to encourage you when times get tough or you start to fall behind.
Jaclyn: My goal this year is to try more outdoor activities and explore new things that are outside of my comfort zone. A good way to stick with a resolution is to set goals month by month so you will be able to achieve your success in little steps, rather than making a sweeping proclamation for the whole year.
Chaela: My resolution for 2015 is to cook at home more. I think the best way to stick to a goal or resolution is to write it down and post it somewhere you can see it every day.
Crystal: My New Year's resolution is to make healthier choices throughout the coming year. That includes anything from diet and exercise, to my psychological well-being. I want to surround myself with people, and choices that promote a healthier overall me.
My best advice for sticking to a resolution is to make yours a reasonable and attainable goal. For instance, resolving to go to the gym four days a week for the entire year is setting yourself up for failure. The vast majority of people will be unable to fulfill a resolution like that, as our motivation wavers and sometimes life just gets in the way. So instead, choosing to spend one day a week engaging in physical activity, whether that be a Barre class, swimming, biking, or simply taking a walk during your lunch break, is a simple and very realistic goal. And by maintaining your resolution fairly easily, you will be more inclined to challenge yourself to up your game, by adding an additional day of physical activity per week for example, and won't beat yourself up when you simply don't have the time or the inclination for that second or third day.
Tina: In 2015 I’m focusing on taking better care of my body and spending more time with my family. It is easy with school and work to miss out on important stuff like self care and spending time with people I care about, so my resolution for this year is to make sure to set time aside for myself. I will be checking in with myself and reminding of my main goal when things get tough. It becomes easy to lose sight of your goal when things start to get busy, but setting reminders and small rewards can make you more motivated!
Emma: My goals this year is to be healthier and spend less by making all my lunches for the week in advance. This way I don't have to rely on restaurants or fast food. In order to achieve this, I will grocery shop in advance and plan my meals out so I always have the ingredients that I need.