dedicated december motivation!

by Janetha on December 19, 2011

in guest posts

hey guys! dedicated december is still going strong. there are over 2600 entries so far! the week of december 10-17 prize is a box of simply bars–flavor of winner’s choice.

the winner for this giveaway is #2542, claire! congrats! please use the contact form above and send me your address. the funniest thing is that the winner of week one was ALSO named claire! just a different claire.

the giveaway for this week, december 18-24, is a couple of 32 oz containers of chobani yogurt! all entries logged between these dates will be eligible to win. (USA only.)

i have a great post from bonnie today. she is helping us all stay motivated while plugging along through dedicated december. hope you enjoy her post as much as i did!


Hi Meals and Moves readers! My name’s Bonnie and I’m an in-home personal trainer just north and across the border from Janetha and Marshall in Calgary. I blog about fitness, running, and adventures with my husband over at Life to the Full and couldn’t be more thrilled to be guest posting today!


December means many things, including awkward poses in ugly sweaters! Winking smile

I love Janetha’s Dedicated December idea because it can be so tough to stick with a fitness routine during this season of the year. Parties and tasty treats; late nights, less sleep…The holidays are a great time for celebrating life, friends, and food but they’re also a time that can toss our healthy habits out the window. Even with the motivation of a fresh calendar, it can be hard to get moving with cold weather and make time to eat well. We’re all juggling different schedules, busy lives, and dealing with different obstacles to achieving a healthy lifestyle. If you’re a regular reader here, you’re likely trying to live a healthy, fit life yourself, so these thoughts will come as no surprise to you, but hopefully my tips can help light or reignite the fire under you to stay active during the winter! Read through for an at-home workout you can squeeze in your busy days and check out what helps me stay motivated during the holidays:

  • No Excuses – I simply don’t give myself the opportunity to think I can skip a workout. Does this mean if I’m absolutely fatigued or super sore that I power through my workout? No – it’s so important to listen to your body. But that being said, it helps me to not give myself much leeway.


My “No Excuses!” face…pretty intimidating, I know. Winking smile

  • Focus on the “Party Days” – I make it a point to head out the door for a run, get a 20 minute strength training workout in, and eat extra mindfully on the days I know we have a social event planned. This works for me because I think the special treats and foods are meant to be enjoyed during this season and knowing I moved and ate intentionally gives me that freedom to enjoy! This is not an excuse to eat like crazy – the truth remains that it’s far too easy to sabotage your workout efforts with a few bites of high sugar, high calorie, high carb foods! But, I feel more balanced and healthier when I’m moving more, eating thoughtfully, and then enjoying a glass of wine and treats with friends.
  • Think of the Bigger Picture – Something I say a lot on my blog because I’m always saying it to my clients is this: “No one EVER says they regretted working out.” Isn’t it so true? What will make you feel best – staying consistent with your workouts or allowing yourself to skip and rest? I KNOW I always feel better if I move, even just a little bit, and knowing this as truth and fact in my mind helps me to make the decision in the moment. I’ll be all smiles post-workout, but not if I say, “Well, it’s the holidays. I’ll get back to it Monday (or January 1st!).”


Will you regret it? No way! But you might regret giving yourself a pass and postponing your workout!

  • Embrace the Hardship. When I’m feeling unmotivated to get moving or am feeling drained during a workout, I remind myself that it’s supposed to be tough. So embrace it and enjoy when it feels hard to commit to and get through your workouts. In order to see change, it has to be difficult, so switch your mentality and mindset and see that as a positive thing to fuel you through staying consistent in the winter.


…it ain’t supposed to look pretty!

  • Shorten/Change Up Your Workouts. If you’re having trouble getting to the gym with many commitments and a busy December schedule, change things up! Amp up your intensity and shorten your workouts. You’ll boost your metabolism, enjoy the variety of something different, and be done your workout in a fast, efficient, tiring way! What’s to lose (except extra cookie pounds)?! Thumbs up Great ideas: jump rope, BodyRock workouts, HIIT workouts… Or try this workout below!

At-Home, No Props, Fit-it-In Workout

4 Rounds: 45 sec work: 15 sec rest

Tabata Finisher

12 Rounds: 15 sec work: 5 sec rest

Jump out wide, jump back in, jump out wide, and hop up. Now switch! Jump in, jump out wide, jump back in, and hop up. Repeat for 15 sec.


Out, in, out, UP! In, out, in, UP!

And that’s it! You’ll feel wiped out and happily fatigued in no time at all while fitting in the rest of your social December schedule. I would love to hear some of the ways you stay consistent in your workouts during the holidays too! Keep logging those workouts on Janetha’s page and have a healthy, happy end to 2011, friends!

Live well & be well,


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Lindsay @ Lindsay's List December 19, 2011 at 6:21 pm

YAY!! My Bonnie! Wonderful tips for motivating (as always!)
You’re one beautiful lady!

Bonnie December 19, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Lindsay! You are SUCH a good encourager…thanks for your note and compliment! :D

Clare @ Fitting It All In December 19, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Ok, I’ve GOTTA be next. Right?

Lauren December 19, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Ah, Bonnie!!! Gosh I miss this girl. :)

Bonnie December 19, 2011 at 8:47 pm

It was so fun to meet you at HLS this year, Lauren! Your comment made me smile. :)

lindsay December 19, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Bonnie, you rock! you know that right? I love all your workouts and tips! they are so motivational. I lalways channel my inner bonnie when needing to get a home workout done!

Pure2raw Twins December 19, 2011 at 7:09 pm

nice to meet you Bonnie! and thanks for the great tips and motivation to keep on moving that body :)

Bonnie December 19, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Hey thanks you guys! Love your blog and your BodyRockin’ dedication! :D Thanks for your comment!

Tina @ Best Body Fitness December 19, 2011 at 8:00 pm

That tabata finisher sounds brutal. I’ll have to give it a shot. Love both of you gals and you both certainly motivate me!

Cat @Breakfast to Bed December 19, 2011 at 8:44 pm

I definitely needed that ass kick. My motivation has been laggggging.

Lauren @ What Lauren Likes December 20, 2011 at 6:05 am

Great guest post! Loved reading this! Congrats to the Claires :)

Morgan @ Life After Bagels December 20, 2011 at 6:23 am

Janetha you have a secret love for Canadians don’t you :P

Heather @ Better With Veggies December 20, 2011 at 8:31 am

“I remind myself that it’s supposed to be tough. So embrace it and enjoy when it feels hard to commit to and get through your workouts.” <– Love this!! These are great tips – especially to just do something instead of nothing – shortening your workouts if needed. I'm trying to get better at that, I tend to think all-or-nothing. Great post!!

Bonnie December 20, 2011 at 11:41 am

Thanks, Heather! That “it’s supposed to be hard” mentality helps me out. And yes! Something truly is better than nothing. ;)

Annette@EnjoyYourHealthyLife December 20, 2011 at 8:56 am

Awesome–great tips!!

Allison December 20, 2011 at 9:25 am

Biggest tip that I’m gonna take away: shorten/ change up your workouts. I’m getting burnt out of all the machines at the gym and it’s a little too cold to enjoy a run outside… I’ll try to start TODAY [going to the gym after work]- less cardio, more weights!

Bonnie December 20, 2011 at 11:42 am

Awesome, Allison! Up your intensity (less breaks, add jumps to your squats, add more weight to a move) and shorten up your total time spent moving. That’s a recipe for a good, quick, effective workout!

Laura Luckins December 20, 2011 at 9:58 am

Cool workout! I know what I’m doing tomorrow! :D

Bonnie December 20, 2011 at 11:43 am

Great Laura! It’s a quick and simple one, though not easy. Get your burn on! Enjoy working hard. :D

LauraJayne December 20, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Great tips – I love the “no excuses” one. I went to party last night and struggled through my workout this morning. I think I literally counted seconds! I knew I needed to go though, or I woudn’t enjoy the parties like I could because I was feeling guilty!

Lauren December 20, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Great job Bonnie, just found your blog about a week ago and absolutly love it! Keep it up! :)

Bonnie December 20, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Hey thanks, Lauren! I really appreciate the feedback! :)

Jenn December 20, 2011 at 2:59 pm

love this post. no excuses! :)

Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn December 20, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Bonnie, you are wonder woman. And so pretty. Can you let me know where the fountain of youth is? Thanks.


Bonnie December 21, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Katelyn – the fountain of youth?! Oh man…you are too kind. Really. ;) Reading your words just made my day!

Denise December 21, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Does Snowboarding count???

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