<div> <div style="height: 20px; overflow: hidden;"></div> <div id="600469041790548250-gallery" class="imageGallery" style="line-height: 0px; padding: 0; margin: 0"> <div id="600469041790548250-imageContainer0" style="float:left;width:33.28%;margin:0;"><div id="600469041790548250-insideImageContainer0" style="position:relative;margin:5px;"><div class="galleryImageHolder" style="position:relative; width:100%; padding:0 0 75%;overflow:hidden;"><div class="galleryInnerImageHolder"><a href="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/5106872_orig.jpg" rel="lightbox[gallery600469041790548250]" onclick="if (!window.lightboxLoaded) return false"><img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/5106872.jpg" class="galleryImage" _width="400" _height="600" style="position:absolute;border:0;width:100%;top:-50%;left:0%"></a></div></div></div></div> <div id="600469041790548250-imageContainer1" style="float:left;width:33.28%;margin:0;"><div id="600469041790548250-insideImageContainer1" style="position:relative;margin:5px;"><div class="galleryImageHolder" style="position:relative; width:100%; padding:0 0 75%;overflow:hidden;"><div class="galleryInnerImageHolder"><a href="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/6550553_orig.jpg" rel="lightbox[gallery600469041790548250]" onclick="if (!window.lightboxLoaded) return false"><img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/6550553.jpg" class="galleryImage" _width="400" _height="600" style="position:absolute;border:0;width:100%;top:-50%;left:0%"></a></div></div></div></div> <div id="600469041790548250-imageContainer2" style="float:left;width:33.28%;margin:0;"><div id="600469041790548250-insideImageContainer2" style="position:relative;margin:5px;"><div class="galleryImageHolder" style="position:relative; width:100%; padding:0 0 75%;overflow:hidden;"><div class="galleryInnerImageHolder"><a href="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/6895997_orig.jpg" rel="lightbox[gallery600469041790548250]" onclick="if (!window.lightboxLoaded) return false"><img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/6895997.jpg" class="galleryImage" _width="400" _height="266" style="position:absolute;border:0;width:112.78%;top:0%;left:-6.39%"></a></div></div></div></div> <span style="display: block; clear: both; height: 0px; overflow: hidden;"></span> </div> <div style="height: 20px; overflow: hidden;"></div> </div> <div class="paragraph" style="text-align:left;">We all seem to start off a new month or new year with more ambition than mid-year brings. There's something about a fresh start that gives us hope of "success".<br><br>The problem we have in following through with our goals is many of us have a false sense of what "success" means. If you made a goal to workout 3 times per week this past year but gave up because you were only getting 1 per week or maybe none on other weeks, it doesn't mean you failed or didn't succeed. <br><br>Health is a continuum of habits built upon one another. You never arrive at your best, it's a continual process. If more people viewed their health as progress instead of an ultimatum, I have a feeling many of us would hold steady with our habits long-term. <br><br>One of my good friends was telling me how surprised she was at the strength she had maintained from summer workouts despite neglecting most workouts during the fall. Every workout counts; it builds strength and stamina for the ones ahead. If you workout consistently for a couple of months and then get sick, forcing you to take a break for a week, studies show adequate rest allows your muscles to grow and build strength. You certainly won't lose much in terms of strength, just keep your eating habits healthy! <br><br>So, here are my 5 best tips for making 2016 your healthiest yet:<br><br>1. If you are just beginning a workout routine, or are in a rut with your current schedule, start with something you really love. It might be a really slow yoga class, a hike, walking around a nearby park or lake, or a zumba class at your local gym. If you hate what you are doing, you won't continue it longterm. Once you build consistency and momentum, you can begin adding more intense workouts to your schedule. <br><br>2. Make eating real food your biggest priority. Again, you can spend all day, every day in the gym, but if your diet lacks it doesn't matter. When I say diet, here is what I DO NOT mean: low-fat, sugar-free (as in artificial sweeteners), bland chicken, salads for every meal, low-sodium. You need fat and salt. Beef, butter, and egg yolks won't make you fat, I promise. Don't believe those old lies anymore. Choose organic, grass-fed meats when possible, organic full-fat dairy, and salads with greens like spinach, swiss chard, and kale. <br><br>3. Find a friend or <a target="_blank" href="http://www.rachelmeyerwellness.com/online-coaching.html">personal trainer</a> to share your goals with, tell them how you want to be held accountable. There's nothing more affective than "doing life" with your best people by your side. <br><br>4. Buy a cute outfit that you want to fit into by spring. Hang it up so you can see it everyday. Don't step on the scale everyday, simply move your body and make good choices in the kitchen. You <em>will </em>get there, that's just how it works. <br><br>5. Write down your mission, purpose, and goals. Put them somewhere visible for a daily reminder. Examples: Lose 20 pounds so I can have more energy to play with my kids. Lift weights twice a week so I can feel strong for __________. <br><br>Please tell us about your health mission for 2016! <br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br> </div>