5 truths to help you get lean in 2019

"You can be healthier and happier than ever."

5 truths to help you get lean in 2019

Written by: Whitney Hagarbome
December 31, 2018


It’s going to be different this time.

Those are the words we say as each new year arrives and we’re full of energy and big dreams of how THIS year everything will be different. THIS year, we will finally have the beach-ready body we’ve been imagining, and wake up craving kale and cardio. The bummer is, after a few weeks of work piling up, kids getting sick, and a leak in the basement, you realize you may have accidentally eaten an entire bag of chips while reading this, and your gym bag is still packed from last week when you didn’t make it. All of a sudden, it’s looking like this might not be the year.

I know this feeling. We all do. But believe me, 2019 can still be the year! You actually can reach your goals in a realistic, maintainable way that makes you happy too.

So, what is the magic secret to break the cycle and start making progress?

After years of navigating this healthy-life stuff, I’ve narrowed it down to a few truths that will set you up for success and ensure 2019 really is the year it all comes together. You can be healthier and happier than ever with these five truths:

1. Get Real. Identify your real goals and set realistic expectations about what it’s going to take to get there. Are you really willing to completely sacrifice your passion for craft beer in the name of six-pack abs? If not, that’s okay. Decide what you really want to achieve and what kind of lifestyle it will require to get there. Chances are, you still want a real life, but would like to feel a little more confident and healthy while you live it. Maybe it’s running around in the yard with your kids, or getting those test numbers in a normal range. Whatever your motivation is, get real with what you’re going to do about it.

2. Get Over It. No matter how many fad diets they’ve tried, I still find people searching for that magical answer to make this easy. Everyone wants the trick to hit goals in the fast lane, hoping that if they can just hold out on this pineapple diet for the next seven days, they can go back to their regular routine in some skinny jeans. Stop looking for magic. It’s where it’s always been, in the healthy-eating and exercise department. You have to work for it, but the good news is you don’t have to live on celery and jerky, or whatever the fad is these days.

3. Get Educated. It’s so important to understand what plan will produce the specific results you’re looking for. Imagine someone gives you an address to go to, but you have no map, or Siri, to tell you how to get there. It’s unreasonable, and so is expecting you’re going to have all the answers about nutrition and rep ranges right away. The resources (roadmaps) are there. Find ones you trust.

Photo Credit: Provided by Whitney Hagarbome
Fitness coach Whitney Hagarbome of Crown Point gives 5 tips on how to make realistic health goals for the new year.
Photo Credit: Provided by Whitney Hagarbome
Fitness coach Whitney Hagarbome of Crown Point gives 5 tips on how to make realistic health goals for the new year.

It’s going to be different this time.

Those are the words we say as each new year arrives and we’re full of energy and big dreams of how THIS year everything will be different. THIS year, we will finally have the beach-ready body we’ve been imagining, and wake up craving kale and cardio. The bummer is, after a few weeks of work piling up, kids getting sick, and a leak in the basement, you realize you may have accidentally eaten an entire bag of chips while reading this, and your gym bag is still packed from last week when you didn’t make it. All of a sudden, it’s looking like this might not be the year.

I know this feeling. We all do. But believe me, 2019 can still be the year! You actually can reach your goals in a realistic, maintainable way that makes you happy too.

So, what is the magic secret to break the cycle and start making progress?

After years of navigating this healthy-life stuff, I’ve narrowed it down to a few truths that will set you up for success and ensure 2019 really is the year it all comes together. You can be healthier and happier than ever with these five truths:

1. Get Real. Identify your real goals and set realistic expectations about what it’s going to take to get there. Are you really willing to completely sacrifice your passion for craft beer in the name of six-pack abs? If not, that’s okay. Decide what you really want to achieve and what kind of lifestyle it will require to get there. Chances are, you still want a real life, but would like to feel a little more confident and healthy while you live it. Maybe it’s running around in the yard with your kids, or getting those test numbers in a normal range. Whatever your motivation is, get real with what you’re going to do about it.

2. Get Over It. No matter how many fad diets they’ve tried, I still find people searching for that magical answer to make this easy. Everyone wants the trick to hit goals in the fast lane, hoping that if they can just hold out on this pineapple diet for the next seven days, they can go back to their regular routine in some skinny jeans. Stop looking for magic. It’s where it’s always been, in the healthy-eating and exercise department. You have to work for it, but the good news is you don’t have to live on celery and jerky, or whatever the fad is these days.

3. Get Educated. It’s so important to understand what plan will produce the specific results you’re looking for. Imagine someone gives you an address to go to, but you have no map, or Siri, to tell you how to get there. It’s unreasonable, and so is expecting you’re going to have all the answers about nutrition and rep ranges right away. The resources (roadmaps) are there. Find ones you trust.

4. Get Help. No matter how badly you want this, getting started is intimidating. Making changes is hard, and maintaining them is even harder. Find a trainer, a mentor, or a coach you vibe with to lead the way and make you show up on the days you don’t want to. Accountability is scary, but will increase your success rate dramatically! Create a support system with the people closest to you. Tell them that this is important, so they can have your back. Hey, you might be the inspiration they needed to crush this year too!

5. Get Grateful. I’ll argue, this is the most important truth. In my experience with helping people, I know that a mere number on the scale won’t give you lasting contentment. I urge you to appreciate the journey. Acknowledge the work you’re doing, the lessons you’re learning, and the ways you are growing through the process. Reaching your goals will take hard work, discipline, and time, but that’s what makes it worth it.  There’s no greater feeling than knowing you’ve earned every result. That is where we find confidence and happiness. It is never reaching the goal that really makes us happy, but rather who we’ve had to become to get there. Keep going.