Happy New Year!! 2014 Recap + 2015 New Year’s Goals

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Jax Beach 2015 New Year’s Day Polar Plunge

Happy New Year!! It’s officially 2015 and while I’m very excited for all the awesome opportunities that await throughout this coming year. The start of each new year is a great time to reflect on the previous year’s memories, life lessons learned and focus on areas you’d like to explore and/or change. So, below are some of my favorite highlights from this past year.

2014 Blog Round Up

void #1 in the 904

During the fall, Fitness By Patty was voted “#1 In The 904” for Best Local Blog by the reads of Void Magazine!! Major thanks to all my dedicated readers!

In case you missed any posts, or maybe you’re new to the site, be sure to sign up for my super awesome Healthy Living Newsletter – it’s full of all my best fitness and nutrition tips + great deals on healthy products.

Here are my most popular posts from 2014:

Stop counting calories – focus more on food quality & nutrients to reach your goals – click here to read

Easy 3 Exercise Sequence for Killer Abs – watch video here

Exercise Sequence to Sculpt Your Booty – watch video here

Created my world famous FBP Greek Yogurt Bowl. Great for breakfast, snack or post-workout meal – click here to read and get the recipe

Whole Foods vs. Processed Foods – how they affect your health and fitness results – click here to read

The Importance of Vitamin D from the sun on our health – click here to read

Stretching – how it pre-hab your body from injury chronic aches/pains – click here to read

Crossing Off Some Personal Bucket List Items

Fun in Peru

Last spring, my husband and I spent our 3 year wedding anniversary marking off a major bucket list item – 2 weeks in Peru, surfing Lima and exploring the amazing Machu Picchu!

We Moved

In the middle summer, we found and bought our first house together in Neptune Beach! We have enjoyed every minute in it!

Fun in Canada

At the end of summer, we took a quick trip up to Canada, visiting friends in Toronto and the Muskoka Lakes area. Really beautiful cities…we thoroughly enjoyed both the big city of Toronto and serene Muskoka Lakes area.

New Year’s Resolutions (I prefer to call them Goals) Advice

At the start of each new year, everyone feels the urge to make positive changes, most of those focused on their health, fitness level and wellbeing. Just remember – there is no better time to start than today.

2 Points of Advice for those looking to get in better shape for 2015

1. Don’t go extreme. Launching into both extreme workouts or extreme dieting is almost always guaranteed to be a short-lived strategy. Instead, focus on making smaller, more incremental changes toward better health each day.

2. Don’t fall victim to solely focusing on the scale. More often than not, I hear people say that they need to lose 10lbs, 20lbs or more…but, what they actually mean, is that they want to tone up and lose excess fat. Dropping pounds does not necessarily mean you will be looking better and reaching the goals you desire. If you’re training properly and eating right, you should be building some muscle, which is more dense (ie. weighs more) than fat. So, your weight could end up staying the same, but your body can see beautiful changes.

3. Don’t focus on the past, only look forward. Today is your day. If you feel like you dropped the ball at some point in the past or wasted time, just forget it. Don’t let the past or your past actions hold you back. Look forward and concentrate on making better choices.

My Wish

My ultimate wish for you all is to make the best, healthiest choices, every day. Recognize that the choices you make will affect everything you do, how you feel, and the way your body and mind perform. Good health is your one ticket to vitality in life. By making the best choices every chance you get (eating healthier, quality daily exercise, good sleep) you will start the process of a complete healthy lifestyle change.

Make it Happen!

So, that’s my wrap of 2014. I’m looking forward to the excitement that 2015 will bring: meeting new people, trying new things, exploring new places, riding new waves, and, of course, blogging 🙂

I hope to write and create more here each month throughout the year, and I look forward to sharing my thoughts, tips and advice with you on health, fitness and nutrition.

Now…Go. Make something happen!!

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