2013 was superb! I was able to continue eating and laughing my way around the world. Really, there is no better way to make new friends and experience life than through food. It was the common denominator that allowed me to travel solo, but never be alone. While I cherish my experiences, I’ve realized that the mileage has finally caught up with my body. Even before 2014 hit, I knew this year would be devoted to focusing on me in the present. To get fit and keep it off, even while on another adventure.

A few year’s back while I was still with Disney I went to see a nutritionist and lost a lot of weight, just by making small changes. I thought it was magic at the time because I couldn’t believe little things like less sugar, more vegetables could really help. It did and I was always able to have my sweets. Everything was just in smaller sizes and I never went hungry. I was eating every two hours or so. That experience reminded me that I’m at my best when I’ve got help. Whether in person or online, it’s much easier to keep a goal if you’ve got someone or something to answer too.

According to the University of Scranton, Journal of Clinical Psychology, 45% of Americans make new year’s resolutions. What do you think is number one on that list? I’ll let you guess…

Rank Top 10 New Years resolutions for 2014
Lose Weight
Getting Organized
Spend Less, Save More
Enjoy Life to the Fullest
Staying Fit and Healthy
Learn Something Exciting
Quit Smoking
Help Others in Their Dreams
Fall in Love
Spend More Time with Family

Exactly! So what’s stopping everyone? Well, you might be suffering from the New Year’s blues. Yes, it’s a thing and it’s pretty real. January is known as the month of dwindling finances, empty wallets, jeans that don’t fit anymore, every flu symptom known to man, post NYE detox and cravings for things we’re secretly addicted too, but decided to add to our new year’s resolution anyway.

Whew! I’ve barely begun 2014 and just typing this is making me a bit depressed. With the holidays over and everyone having to head back to work, it’s easy to start feeling down and dreading the cold days looming ahead.

According to research by the website Illicitencounters.com, morale is so low that it’s turning us into a nation of cheaters. Last week we were on top of the world. Feeling optimistic about the months ahead, two-thirds of us made at least one resolution: to eat less, to drink less, to get fit. Yet, according to a survey by researchers at the University of Bristol, 88 per cent of us will soon break them. Half of us already have.

So what do you do when statistics say you’ll fail? You do what any successful person does, “get by with a little help from my friends“. When you’ve got a plan in place, people to talk with, you’ve already got the makings for winning January. That’s right. Winning January. That’s what I’ll do and I’m starting with my fave site Grokker.com

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I’ve signed myself up for their fitness challenge so I’ve got a plan, something to be accountable towards and a way to win prizes. (What? I like competition. Don’t ever challenge me to a boardgame. I will table flip if I don’t win, haha!) I’ve already started mastering some of their great cooking recipes and now I’m going to dip my big toe into the icy waters of exercise. Best of all, it’s all free and everyone’s nice (yay!Next, I’ve got to tell as many people as I can about what I’m doing so they can call me out when I stray. It’s also nice to hear people cheer you on. Positive reinforcement works for a reason! I’ll blog my progress so you can follow along or join me! Whether you start today or next week, it won’t matter as long as you get started. You’ll need to be a member of Grokker to see the premium videos, but it’s free (so just do it) and I’ll be blogging after each workout so I know you’ll be waiting to see the posts and I can’t skip the exercise.

So remember:

Small changes, big results, winning January.