It’s been quite the year so far, and I wanted to sum it up with you all as the New Year approaches and we start setting new fitness goals. I may have mentioned my situation in passing, but I wanted there to make sure I detail it here in case anyone was wondering. (Don’t front like you’re not curious!)

So, we went through the painful experience of getting our basement finished. It looks really awesome now, but the situation was less than ideal at the same time. I’ve mentioned before that I tend to slack off in the fall (AKA football season; your girl is obsessed!!!), then come back with a vengeance in mid-late December or January. The problem, last year, was that we started the basement renovation in January. So, after having taken September through December off, my usual start time was pushed back 3 more months!

A little background on my body type. I’m 5’8″ and I’m thin; always have been. And when I gain weight, you really can’t tell. (Thanks, Mom & Dad!) It usually collects in my mid section, which isn’t a big deal because the months that it builds up are months that I’m covered in sweaters because it’s cold out! *glares at Mother Nature*

But I don’t want you to think that fitting into pants is the only reason I workout. I love the rush too! When you finish and are dripping & pouring w/ sweat is one of the best feelings in the world! It gives you a ton of energy and puts you in a great mood! I understand that isn’t the case for everyone, but it is for me and if you try and change your mindset, you may find that helps!

So, fast forward to February, and a lot of my fave pants/jeans don’t fit anymore! Suz is not a happy camper and there’s nothing she can do about it because the basement isn’t done! So I back away from the ledge, sit down, and create a fitness plan that I intend to follow to get my body back. It works every year, but this time around it’ll probably take longer because of the extra 3 months I was idle.

That’s the key. If you’re reading this now and are already looking forward to your New Year’s resolution, don’t panic. Take a deep breath, sit down, and write down your fitness goals, be it just wanting to get back into your fave jeans, lose 10 lbs, tone up, or whatever. That’s where you start. After that, you can make a plan of action to help achieve your goals. If you need any help with that, holla atcha girl (comment, Tweet me, visit my Beachbody page)! I do this every year, and use a variety of programs/workouts to accomplish those goals, so I hope my experiences can help in some way, shape, or form!

This is my intro to a series of posts where I will break down the steps I took to drop 15+ pounds and get back into all my fave jeans! I’m still losing weight — although that’s not my goal — and the abs are coming into form. Oooooohhhh yeah! *coughTurboFirecough*

Those steps are (in order w/ some overlap) Turbo Jam, Couch to 5k running plan, ChaLEAN Extreme, & TurboFire. Coming this January? P90x. That’s right. I think I’m finally gonna try it!

Check back in a few days for Part 2 of my 2010 Fitness Journey; easing into Turbo Jam.