Embracing Change, Setting Goals, and a Fitspirational Giveaway!

Almost half of us make New Year’s resolutions, but did you know that only 8% will actually achieve these goals?

Topping the resolution charts each year are weight loss, living a fuller and happier life, and becoming healthier. It’s interesting how health and wellness are the areas where the majority of people seek to find change and betterment within their respective lives. Yet, it completely makes sense. When we take care of our bodies through exercise, nutrition, sleep, and relaxation, we reap the benefits in all other areas. I know from experience that when I consistently workout and eat well, the positivity penetrates through all facets of my life. Healthier people are happier people. Period.

For something so potentially wonderful, why is it so difficult to simply embrace change and achieve our goals?

Is it the overwhelming feeling we get from the required effort? Is it our lack of support or resources? Is it our fear of failure?

Whatever it is, we do not have to be part of the 92%: the resolution makers who lose sight of their goals somewhere along the way. Sure, there’s “always next year”, but why not start now? There’s room for each of us to improve, no matter the size of the goals that we create for ourselves.

How Can We Make It Happen?

1. Accept the fact that there will be setbacks along the way. Push through them.

2. Seek help. It’s easier to achieve a goal when you have a support system and someone to talk to.

3. Make goal(s) visible. Put them in written or photo form, in a location that will frequently keep you in check. Own it.

4. Keep track. Journal, Apps, Blog, Calendar, Checklists…there are many, many options.

5. Start small. Far fetched goals are oftentimes unattainable, as the required change is too extreme. Dream big, but dream realistically. Keep things simple & achievable and set small goals, eventually reaching bigger ones.

Not only is change important on a personal level, it’s also important for the evolution of society: education, health care, business, politics…you name it. Recently, Fitness First Australia announced its plans for change in 2014. After surveying over 1500 people across the country about their respective health and wellness goals, they drew up their own scheme for improving the quality of fitness for Australians. From pay as you go gym-passes, to a very exciting “New You” contest, to the investment into the refurbrishment of their clubs and equipment, Fitness First is making waves among the fitness community this year with their new #changeforthebest initiative.

If they can change, so can we.

…and guess what? Fitness First and I have teamed up to offer you the chance to win one of three fitness inspired prizes to kick start your year and help you to achieve your fitness and health goals.


Healthier You in 2014 Contest


Okay, you guys! How exciting are these prizes? I believe all of the above items offer the reinforcement and motivation necessary in achieving your fitness and health resolutions, in one way or another. I selected these items, as I have found them (or similar versions of them) to be extremely beneficial in my overall quest for living a healthy life.

1) An iPod shuffle and a Subscription to Women’s Fitness Magazine

2) A Lululemon Weekend Warrior Bag

3) A Samsung Tab 3 (7″)


How To Enter (in 2 steps):

Step One. Leave a comment on this blog post answering the following question:

How do you plan to make 2014 your healthiest, happiest, fittest year yet?

Be certain that you include your name and email address. Your email address will not be published.

Step Two. “Like” Femme Fitale on Facebook, and “Like” the direct Contest Entry Post at the top of  the Femme Fitale Facebook page.

Make sure you follow steps 1 and 2 in order to fully qualify to win!


Good luck, keep your goals in sight, and embrace the changes required to live a healthier and happier life this year!


Competition is open to Australian Residents and closes on Friday, February 7th, 2014 at 11:59 PM AEST. The best, valid entries will be chosen as the winners by the Femme Fitale team and the three winners will be announced on Sunday,  February 9th, 2014 on femme-fitale.com. Winners will also be notified by email. 


This post and giveaway is brought to you in partnership with Fitness First. The prizes were donated as a part of their #changeforthebest campaign, inspiring Australians to take charge of their health and wellness in 2014.

59 Thoughts on “Embracing Change, Setting Goals, and a Fitspirational Giveaway!

  1. Ahhhh, wish I had a Facebook acct for my blog, so I could like stuff! :) Just posting to say that it’s a really awesome giveaway and to wish you a very happy Friday!

  2. Wow! Such an awesome giveaway Kelly, yay! I am listing out my goals this year and just taking it day by day, rather than looking at the entire picture all at once. That can be so overwhelming!! Have a great weekend girlie!

  3. Best. Giveaway. Ever. And the fact that it’s open to Aussies!!! What a great initiative and stoked to see you partner up with them for it!

    Okay for the competition entry- I ‘liked’ you lol and ‘liked’ the giveaway post.

    For the question- How do you plan to make 2014 your healthiest, happiest, fittest year yet?

    For me personally, I need to STOP the comparison trap in many facets of my life but especially when it comes to my fitness which translate to health and happiness. I want to push myself, but doing it for ME- what is considered an achievement for me, may be a warm up for someone else. My bench press max might be three times what my friends can bench- but that’s okay. I see 2014 to be the year to see me make personal progress – I also want to add variety- Do more bootcamp and circuit style workouts instead of just lifting- change things up with OUTDOOR workouts (seeing as Melbourne has been too up and down and unreliable). At the end of the workout/day/anything- I’m satisfied with myself- I’ll be fulfilling my goal.

  4. Thanks for the reminder that set backs will happen. I’ve injured myself which has put a major dent in my ambitious 2014 health goals…I needed to hear this! x

  5. Grace Stephens on January 25, 2014 at 2:41 pm said:

    Wow what great prizes.
    2014 is going to be a success because this year I’m seeking out people with the same goals, plans and ideas to keep me on track. (So glad I have found your blog!!!)

  6. Jennifer H on January 25, 2014 at 3:02 pm said:

    2014 is THE year for me and my family! I reinvigorated my exercise routine in 2013 and started eating cleaner with the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation in November. I lost 7 kilos and have just signed up for another session after a bit of a setback over the silly season. I am well on my way to feeling happier, lighter and healthier and it feels great! That said, it takes oodles of motivation and commitment to keep it going and not get lazy or discouraged…so THANK YOU! Super excited about reaching my goals and being the best me!

  7. I AGREE WITH ARMAN! This is really the best gift EVER!!! And I am so happy to hear about Jennifer H working with Michelle BRIDGES! :)

    Without your health, you have absolutely nothing, so you have to nourish it CONSTANTLY – you know this! :) I live every day to the healthiest that I possibly can! I love myself and my life and my family and friends. I am always so very happy, I have a phenomenal support system, I work out every day, I eat the healthiest diet you will ever see… And I will keep on doing this until the day… Well, yeah, we don’t need to talk about THAT!! I am on a quest to help OTHERS feel the best they possibly can too!

  8. Janelle G on January 25, 2014 at 5:00 pm said:

    I feel like I have maintained a decent level of overall fitness, but I need to focus on specific things this year. (i.e. my core and back to aid in better posture) I also want to improve on our clean eating and being good dietarole models or our kids.

  9. Janelle G on January 25, 2014 at 5:04 pm said:

    that would be *dietary role models* :)
    Thanks Kelly for the great giveaway! Love your blog!

  10. Jade O'shea on January 27, 2014 at 9:00 am said:

    2014 is the year I focus on maintaining the weight I lost last year. I lost 20kg last year through exercising and healthy eating and can say when it came time to stand on the scales to see if all my hard work had paid off I must admit I cried. To achieve something you worked so hard at makes me realize anything is possible if you dedicate yourself to it. So this year may not be about losing the weight but maintains it. I would also love to tone up the little excess flabby bit. Again I know I will achieve it as I have done the hard work of losing it! I wish everyone luck in their weight loss goals! It’s hard work but totally worth it!

  11. This year I’m looking to achieve two things – to fully embrace the concept of ‘active living’, by incorporating activity and health-conscious decisions into my lifestyle, and to run a half marathon. Hopefully by embracing the first goal it will help me achieve the second!

  12. penny worland on January 27, 2014 at 10:34 am said:

    How do you plan to make 2014 your healthiest, happiest, fittest year yet?

    In 2014, I will be at my healthiest by watching my food intake and cooking the majority of my meals!
    In 2014, I will be at my happiest by involving family and friends on my journey and getting help when needed along the way (thank you to your Step 2 above), and
    In 2014, I will be at my fittest by finding a supportive and air-conditioned gym, a fitness buddy, and signing up to blogs to keep me motivated (thanks to Kristy @ Southern In Law for making me aware of yours)!

  13. Making this my fittest, healthiest, happiest year yet – by ditching the negatives in my life – keeping only positive people and thoughts, staying motivated and putting myself and my health/body feelings, first. Bring on the health, bring on the fitness, bring on the happy!!

  14. Michelle V on January 27, 2014 at 4:30 pm said:

    To make 2014 the fittest one yet
    There’s some challenges I won’t forget
    I’ll share them with you and you will see
    That these challenges will me and my family
    Challenge one will certainly be:
    A family dance-off on the Wii.
    Healthy challenge number two:
    More fruits and veggies, it’s long overdue!
    Challenge three leaves me puffing,
    Lots of exercises for body buffing!
    On to challenge number four:
    Soft drinks and cordials are out the door.
    Challenge five which is just for dad,
    Quit smoking, you won’t go mad!
    Challenge six swap white to brown,
    Helps to keep the GI down.
    Challenge seven anxiously awaits,
    Hit the pavement on our skates!
    Challenge eight have more giggles,
    It really tightens all that jiggles.
    Challenge nine swap more for less,
    Its the hardest, I confess!
    Challenge ten, last not least
    Only one chocolate, NOT a feast!

  15. Linda Courtney on January 27, 2014 at 7:57 pm said:

    I plan to take care of myself. A healthy diet and some sort of exercise, probably walking will be a great start to a new me.

  16. I am 39, but have very high cholesterol, I started trying to reduce it last year, and am determined to get ot down as much as possible this year, low fat food, exercise, fish oil, metamucil etc etc etc. i am feeling better and my spare tyre is getting smaller, it’s still there though! I want to live a long time to annoy my kids for years to come!

  17. My body has let me down over the past couple of years with chronic pain. This has seen my physical activity dwindle down to pretty much nothing. So, I plan to make 2014 my healthiest, happiest, fittest year yet by taking back control of my pain and getting my body working as it should. Knowing that I am strong enough to carry the shopping, or go for a walk, or stand at a gig will be the test of my new found fitness. The knock on effect of this will be a happier and healthier me physically, mentally and emotionally! Can’t wait!

  18. This year I am making myself a priority. I am no longer writing my own needs off as irrelevant.
    I am also about to set myself a 21 day exercise challenge, starting Monday, whereby I must complete 30 mins a day. Walking/weights/pilates, whatever I want, but must be 21 consecutive days. Wish me luck as this is not a natural thing for me to do!!

  19. With the years catching up to me and a big family i need to be around as long as i can to be healthy and happy and someone they can depend. Chasies at the park used to be frustrating as i was lacking in energy but now i am on the right path, one foot infront of the other and with a smile i march.

  20. #3

    H-ave enough sleep each night
    E-at more fruit and veges – take smaller bite
    A-lways drink water to feel great
    L-ose more weight
    T-ackle more crossword puzzles
    H-ip hop music to get rid of my troubles

  21. Abby Lee on January 30, 2014 at 3:19 pm said:

    2014 will be my healthiest year as I have already planned my week to include 4 blocks of exercise. I will also be taking my kids to classes so that they grow up thinking exercise is the norm and not a chore.

  22. Marie Pohnetalova on February 2, 2014 at 12:45 pm said:

    I’m setting the goal of by year’s end of participating in and completing my first ever marathon… I’ve got something to aim for and strive towards so when it comes to fitness, i’m in it ‘for the Long Run’!

  23. Chantelle B on February 2, 2014 at 5:48 pm said:

    In 2014, I’m turning off my “brain drain” tv and using my spare time more wisely to accomplish my goals of being:

    Happiest- I say “I wish I knew how to…” too many times. I’ve always wanted to start my own blog as a platform to learn and share stories about exciting new things in my life. So I am! Too soon to share the URL, but I have my inspiration board of what I want to write about filling up on the wall at home.

    Healthiest- Fresh food is nice, but home grown food is divine! I consider myself a “black thumb” but this year I’m growing a garden. So far the basil, mint, tomatoes, apples and kale lettuce are all surviving! Next, I’ll create my own compost. Healthier for my plants and less organic waste in the trash.

    Fittest- Fit for me will be maintaining enough strength and energy to keep up with my little one. This year, when we go to the park, I plan to play alongside her more and try to add extra functional exercises in like tricep dips on the benches or squats while pushing the swings. Standing on the side with a coffee will not be the norm anymore.

    Thanks, Kelly! Your blog is inspiring. Happy N’You Year.

  24. Emily Keller on February 3, 2014 at 12:51 am said:

    By listening to my own words instead of those I hear around me, and making sure that all my words start with “I believe I can do it”.

  25. Wilma Brbot on February 3, 2014 at 9:32 pm said:

    How do you plan to make 2014 your healthiest, happiest, fittest year yet?

    2014 is the year I’ll get fit, healthy and my lungs clean.
    No more overindulging and inhaling nicotine.
    Instead I’ll swap these vices with swimming and enjoying a healthy gobble…
    Fingers crossed, It’ll also reduce my wobble.

  26. Definitely the prize for this mumma of three.

    I started getting really upset about some of the kids in my eldest child’s class last year. I volunteered to help their teacher with the reading activities. My daughter came home and said that some of the nasty pasty girls in her class said that I was fat and they would rather another girl’s mummy coming in who is most certainly thinner. Instead of lashing out nastily and coming down to their level I spoke about it to my daughter and affirmed that yes mummy has made some unhealthy choices and not exercised since her baby sisters were born and is now a size 14. I told her that as a family we should all make healthy choices and hid my own despair so my 3 little girls wouldn’t hate their bodies when they were mothers themselves. I’m hoping that they will remember that I appeared unscathed by the comments and unwelcome attention to my daughter because of me.

    Well since then, I’ve lost 2 kilograms and want to move around 12-15 kilos more in 2014. We walk everywhere where possible, and I make use of the free outdoors gym at our local park while the girls play. Sometimes the little ones come over and make fun games out of some of the things, its hilarious!

    I’m trying to get our lives back on track, it was hard having 3 kids under 5 for a year and a bit, harder having the youngest 2 in 14 months and having only one child at school, while trying to hold down a casual job. But I’ve met these challenges and allowed myself to ask others for help so I can shower myself and go for a walk on my own sometimes. Hubby helps too by helping me on weekends to make healthy meals in advance and freeze them for the hectic week ahead. He also has stopped buying unhealthy choices and is firm with grandparents bringing unhealthy choices to the house.

    I think a healthier 2014 will reflect well on my daughters and hubby and those around us. Being healthy isn’t so bad, and some nice ideas are quite habit forming and contagious- eg eggs are your friends, salsa is your friend, carrot sticks are too!

    So think of me for New Years 2015, when I will see out fabulous 2014 in my worked hard for body with my supportive family and my brand new size 12 dress with a sneaky drink in my hand, thinking of another family challenge for the next year…

    Thanks so much for the opportunity xxx

  27. Sheree Pallis on February 4, 2014 at 12:53 pm said:

    Lose weight, get fit and stay lean,
    Exercise more to build self esteem,
    Eat more organic; get more out of life,
    Take up yoga to reduce stress of being a mum and wife,
    Turn off the TV, make time to talk
    Avoid negativity; go for relaxing walks,
    See friends more often, take a holiday,
    Make sure laughter is apart of each day,
    Ask for a pay rise, reduce my visa debt,
    Yes 2014 will be my healthiest, happiest and fittest yet!

  28. Aleena O'Neill on February 4, 2014 at 1:08 pm said:

    Thank you for offering this competition. I find your blog posts so inspiring! Best. Giveaway. Ever. :)

    Okay for the competition entry- I ‘liked’ you lol and ‘liked’ the giveaway post.

    For the question- How do you plan to make 2014 your healthiest, happiest, fittest year yet?

    2014 is my year. I have been in the situation in the past where I have set health & fitness new years resolutions and have not seen them through. It is such a disappointment but I think for me personally I put too much pressure on myself.

    In 2014 I am already not overthinking it. I know what I need to do to be healthy, happy & fit. I am working in the gym with my partner (who is such an inspiration of mine, I always want to look and feel my best for him and my self) and I have also joined 2 Facebook Groups that are Health & Fitness focused. It is a great forum where people can share their success and their struggles.

  29. I’m not going to kick myself when I fall down. Today is a new day, yesterday is in the past and it’s no good beating myself up over something I can’t change. I can only be responsible for right now – so what am I going to do about it? I am going to keep asking myself questions. Is this food good for me or bad for me. Is skipping my workout today going to be good for me or bad for me. And hopefully, I’ll keep making more and more right decisions until they all add up to a fitter and healither me.

  30. Lauren on February 4, 2014 at 6:08 pm said:

    This year I am eating healthy, doing more exercise, thinking positive and removing all the negative people from my life. Positive thinking really does help when trying to achieve goals, which is why I won’t let myself think negatively about ANYTHING!!! I’ll be starting a new job, getting a new puppy, and moving to a new town with my bf. I’m so excited about this year and all that I will make of it!!

  31. Courtney Dettman on February 4, 2014 at 10:22 pm said:

    I have to start sometime don’t I. I can’t just keep plodding along thinking “i’ll be fine”, when I know, as you get older, your health becomes so much more important not only for your physical wellbeing, but your mental, and emotional health as well. 2014 is the year I’m beginning, to look after me, and look towards a long and happy future. This year is about me.

  32. jody buhagiar on February 5, 2014 at 8:44 am said:

    Hi there, great giveaway. Am new to your blog, looks faantastic.
    My plan for the new year is in full swing. I do walking in the morning before work and have 2 friends that come to keep us all motivated!!. My diet has changed , no more in between meals full of fat. I have lost 3 kgs and am starting to see the benefits. My goal is to stay focused, dont stress and ring a friend if it gets too much :)

  33. Toni Crawford on February 5, 2014 at 1:50 pm said:

    My mantra for 2014 is Healthy Mind – Healthy Body. I have just started Michelle Bridges 12WBT and am enrolled at tafe to study in the next two weeks. I want to exercise my mind my body and nourish my life with a healthy balance. Something I feel has been lacking for me. The benefits are for me and my family and whilst it will be a challenge I will be well rewarded with accomplishment.

  34. Kirsten W on February 5, 2014 at 2:07 pm said:

    Get specific about my weight-loss goal. It’s one thing to say, “I want to lose weight.” It’s a whole other thing to say, “I’m going to lose weight by jogging Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and by only eating fast food once a month.” I’ve make specific goals for myself and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7″ would be perfect for recording them, tracking them and reminding me. These goals are not big. I’m not making proclamations that I’m going to or want to run a marathon. They start simply such walking home from work instead of driving. Of course, if I am going to be walking I need something to keep me entertained (like an iPod Shuffle) and an amazing Lululemon Weekend Warrior Bag to carry my gear.
    So please, Femme Fitale, help make 2014 my healthiest, happiest, fittest year yet!

  35. Macarena on February 5, 2014 at 5:59 pm said:

    My healthiest, happiest, fittest year. My plan for 2014 is to get out of my comfort zone. For the last couples of years I’ve been quite comfortable with everything that I was doing, in my professional and personal life and with my diet and group of fitness classes. However, something didn’t feel right. Last year I started doing weight training. At the beginning it felt quite intimidating to be in an place that it was supposes to be for men (in my mine of course!), but I found a 3 months program that I was very kind to try, so I didn’t think twice and I started a journey to a healthy lifestyle. Today, I can say that it was the best thing that I could have done, it tough me many thing that I didn’t know, but most importantly, it gave me a ‘taste’ of what means and feels to move out of your comfort zone. As a consequence, this is the way I plan to live my happiest year. Trying more new things, saying YES more often, talking more to new people, getting out of as often as I can and allowing myself to experience new activities. My healthiest goal this year is to eat more raw food, I already eat very clean and healthy, but I usually boil or roast my food. This year I will allow myself to eat more raw veggies and fruits. My fittest year is to keep my weight trying and run more often. Even tough, I did group fitness classes on a regular basis, I was terrible at running, I couldn’t even do it on the treadmill! Last year, I moved from the elliptical to the treadmill and that was a big step to me! This year I want to run more outside, I already can run 5 km, but I’vent been constant. My goal for this year is to reach 10 km and/or run 5 km in less than 30 minutes.

    Finally, my personal goal for my healthiest, happiest, fitter year is to start writing a blog in Spanish. I live in Brisbane, but I’m originally from Chile. Last year, at the same time that I started my weight training program, I opened an IG account to have a record of my foods and improvements. Within months many people was following my journey and asking me questions about how I’ve change my lifestyle. This made me realise that there isn’t much free information in Spanish. I try to answer and provide as much information as I can, but I believe that writing a blog would be a better way to communicate with those people who want to know more about how to live a healthy lifestyle, but they don’t know where to start. In fact Kelly, I have thought a million times about sending you an email to invite you a coffee to ask you about your experience as a blogger! I’ve been reading you since you arrive to Australia, I don’t remember how I got to your blog, but I find myself constantly reading your newest and older posts. I love your blog, it is definitively an inspiration to start my own :)

    Hope this can also be your healthiest, happiest, fittest year!

  36. Judith Fasshauer on February 5, 2014 at 6:24 pm said:

    How do you plan to make 2014 your healthiest, happiest, fittest year yet?

    This year it will be happiest enjoying more my family with the arrival of my little
    Fittest, as soon as Dr allow me to return to Gym i will return to my routine to return quick back to my shape for my trip in august to Paris for my so waited Honeymoon and to visit in Germany my in laws
    Healthiest, i just was detected yesterday some GALL STONES i will have a surgery soon so i need to eat more healthy even thought i already eat healthy but i need to make some changes and substitute some food so this Year is big in all senses so many chances family GROWING, so wanted trip and changes in food habits

  37. Kerryanne Bourke on February 5, 2014 at 7:55 pm said:

    Im going to get off the lounge without any excuses and if I cant go for a run etc due to hubby working nights I will go jump on the trampoline!

  38. CAROLYN MAZZEO on February 6, 2014 at 9:23 am said:

    I plan to surround myself with positive people with positive attitudes, that are happy and willing to inspire me each day to achieve my goals. These include healthy meal choices, eliminating all those unnecessary sugar treats, moving daily (walking, running, strength training) and taking time out for myself to reflect on my day, focusing on the positives and drawing on my inner strength to prove to myself that I can do this!

  39. Belinda Smetioukh on February 6, 2014 at 2:29 pm said:

    I have big plans…a baby and a half marathon….in that order! Two things to make me even healthier, happier and fitter, bring it on!

  40. C – onfidence has fallen! Your body is a wreck!
    H – ealth not size! Keep your priorities in check!
    A – pples and asparugus and all things fresh
    L – ong walks on the beach – it’s a family catch up sesh!
    L – isten to your body – it’s not an enemy but a friend
    E – very step is an achievement – you’ll get there in the end!
    N – ever give up! This is something you can do!
    G – rowing stronger every day – and braver each day too
    E – asy it will be, with help from Femme Fitale!

  41. Tabatha McCarthy on February 6, 2014 at 6:32 pm said:

    Time to actually begin to exercise and join the gym! I always say I am going to get fit but don’t do anything about it

  42. I have been struggling with motivation for a while after being quite full on and very fit for over 3 years – but this year I have started a new class and am really enjoying it, so much so I may consider competition (in 9-12 months when I have the moves under control). This year I will also start dealing with my nutrition, then I won’t be so exhausted that a half-hearted session is all I can manage.

    I know I’m not happy unless I exercise, its the best therapy for me, I work out my stress and answer my own questions. So this year I will be happy by exercising and watching my own improvements from month to month.

  43. Isobel Brown on February 6, 2014 at 10:05 pm said:

    I’ve started a healthy eating plan and I’m exercising more
    Hubby’s joined with me too so that it’s easier than before.
    We’re determined to keep this lifestyle going
    So from now we’ll be with good health glowing.

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  45. I plan on making 2014 my fittest, healthiest and happiest year ever. I am so motivated and walking each night to get to my goal and also help my health issues to disappear.

  46. donkey.12@live.com.au on February 7, 2014 at 7:15 am said:

    The cliché to lose weight,
    Lost 21 kilos to date!
    Started last year,
    Another 7 to go – There’s nothing to fear!
    Mixing it up with fun runs and adventure days,
    I’m always fighting the motivation away!

  47. Laura Scriven on February 7, 2014 at 7:16 am said:

    The cliché to lose weight,
    Lost 21 kilos to date!
    Started last year,
    Another 7 to go – There’s nothing to fear!
    Mixing it up with fun runs and adventure days,
    I’m always fighting the motivation away!

  48. Cheryl on February 7, 2014 at 9:58 am said:

    Energy I cant do without,
    Especially with 5 children about,
    Exercising daily contributes to a healthier life,
    ……..More energetic mum and happier wife!

  49. Angela Murray on February 7, 2014 at 10:36 am said:

    2014 – the year of change!
    The concept felt a little strange,
    Small changes have snowballed into big,
    This losing weight biz can be a tough gig,
    I’ve befriended the nearby footpaths and hills,
    Embraced the pain, hardship and spills,
    My asthma is better, my skin is clear,
    My year of change is finally here!

  50. How do you plan to make 2014 your healthiest, happiest, fittest year yet?

    Healthiest – I have to stop snacking on sweet things and start portion controlling my meals

    Happiest – We are wanting to fall pregnant this year, we can’t wait to have our own family

    Fittest – Taking walks during my lunch breaks at work and playing team sports (which I love)

  51. Noleen Brookfield on February 7, 2014 at 12:15 pm said:

    I have already started on my weight loss journey and have currently lost 18.5kg. I am attending fitness classes to build my strength and stamina. My diet was the first thing to change by cutting out the sugar and eating more fruits and vegies, adding more fish to my diet and only eating lean red meat. Water has always been my drink of choice so I didn’t need to change that, just maybe drink more. So this year is definitely going to be my healthiest, happiest and fittest year. I have the determination to succeed. I have lost a couple of close friends to heart disease while they were in there 40’s early in January and I’m not going to be the next one!

  52. Judi King on February 7, 2014 at 12:49 pm said:

    I plan on maintaining a healthy weight and just being happy with that.
    Still having the occasional treat without feeling guilty.
    Making more of an effort to get out walking each day.

  53. Vija Leitis on February 7, 2014 at 1:38 pm said:

    I going to get off my big butt, so that I can regain my health and beauty. Walking, yoga and tai chi is my planned activity for a body and mind makeover.

    Have like the Facebook page and competition post.

  54. Caroline on February 7, 2014 at 6:09 pm said:

    By setting a goal and writing it down! Keeping a food and exercise diary to keep me accountable and taking that very first step into life changing habits.

  55. Rachel Vale on February 7, 2014 at 8:57 pm said:

    I plan to make 2014 my healthiest, happiest, and fittest year yet by determining my fitness goals and setting strategies to achieve them. My goals are; to improve my overall fitness level; incorporate daily exercise into my busy schedule; and to choose foods that will maintain my weight and improve my health and wellbeing.

  56. Lizzie S on February 7, 2014 at 10:29 pm said:

    Great to see so such motivation, it’s really encouraging. In 2014 my resolution is to chill some more, take more long weekend breaks away to spend more time with my growing (up too fast!) children. I’ll keep up my exercise regime as it keeps my body and brain stimulated and healthy but work needs to be put into perspective so that my family come first.

  57. Charlotte S on February 7, 2014 at 10:51 pm said:

    Such an inspiring post, thank you for the kick I needed to pick me up as I flag in February!

    I plan to make 2014 my healthiest, happiest, fittest year yet by taking a leaf out of my favourite film, Cinderella… Instead of casting myself as the plain girl in rags locked away and forgotten, I’m letting my confidence out to the ball! When the clock strikes midnight, or I meet setbacks along the way, I won’t despair – because I know that in the end the (running) shoe fits and I will get my happily ever after! In a nutshell, it’s all about a positive mindset to set everything in motion for me this year :)

    Thanks for the chance, amazing giveaway!

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