Get Back in Shape Tips & Sparkly Soul Giveaway

January 3, 2013 · 126 comments

If your resolution this year is to get back in shape, you are in luck. My new video today features my favorite tips for sticking to your 2013 commitment to workout and get fit! This video is part of special playlist with a few other YouTube channels featuring their own New Year, New You healthy, beauty, organizational and cooking advice. Since my YouTube viewers and blog readers rarely crossover to the other, I decided to off a little giveaway just to you guys here on the blog. I’m giving away a headband just like the one I’m wearing in my video below.

I’m giving away one of my newest favorite accessories, the Sparkly Soul headband. Since the days of stylish red pre-wrap in high school, I’ve always worn something in my hair to keep my “wispies” out of my face. I hate the thick cotton kind because they are never the right size, fall out, stretch out and get lost. Not to mention, they did nothing to up the cute factor of my workout wardrobe. Then came Sparkly Soul. It stays in place, doesn’t make my head look oddly shaped, and looks totally cute. Best of all, it keeps those darn wispies out of my face and off my neck when I start to sweat. In the video above and in the photo below, I’m wearing the thin silver headband.

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To enter, leave a comment below sharing your New Year pledge. I personally do not make resolutions, but there is always something I want to do better or less of. This year is the same as last, to get more organized! I’m a clutter lover and semi-horder for receipts, shoes, old clothes and knick knacks.

The winner will be chosen on Tuesday, January 8th at 9 am EST using random.org. I will send you an email to the address that you use to leave the comment. Winner will get to choose the headband of their choice from SparklySoul.com.

{ 126 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Gillian January 3, 2013 at 3:20 pm

My resolution is to write every day & keep working out as part of my schedule. Cheers!

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2 Hillary January 3, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Cool, my pledge for 2013 is to rest more. #exerciseaddict

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3 Sarah January 3, 2013 at 3:38 pm

I hear ya! The Bar Method is a slower paced class I’ve fallen in love with and makes me think I workout less but really I just enjoy it more! An hour and I’m done :)

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4 Tara January 3, 2013 at 3:26 pm

One of my goals for 2013 is to be more flexible with my fitness by trying new types of exercise. For example, I recently tried Barre classes and love them! Who knew?!

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5 Sarah January 3, 2013 at 3:37 pm

I love Barre classes :) They are something I discovered in 2012 and have helped me slim down while running less.

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6 Kate January 3, 2013 at 3:37 pm

One of my goals for the winter is to strength train at least 3x per week and then in the spring/summer to train for a fall marathon.

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7 Lyndsey January 3, 2013 at 3:40 pm

One, to get in shape. Two, to not to be so grumpy about everything.

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8 Amy @Macncheesenpeas January 3, 2013 at 3:42 pm

my new year pledge is to continue to go to body pump 1x a week!

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9 mollie k January 3, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Hey Sarah! Happy new year.

Some of my goals for 2013 are to do an unassisted pull-up, and continue to get stronger lifting heavy weights as well as to love myself more and appreciate everything about my mental and physical being!

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10 trisha January 3, 2013 at 3:42 pm

My goal for the year is to honor and nourish my body! To do this, I will listen to my body in regards to satiety and stop eating just to eat. ( I already eat very clean, just TOO MUCH). I will also stop over thinking exercise and stop falling into a “should” trap. Try to do different and fun things and also get back to teaching indoor cycle! :) I also want to lose the 10 lbs I recently gained…which I will do by honoring my body.. :)

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11 Cara January 3, 2013 at 3:45 pm

I’m not really a resolution kind of gal either, but this year I’m committing to blogging more frequently and moving my fitness routine to the early morning.

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12 Sarah January 9, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Yay! Cara you won the giveaway! Shoot me an email to sarah@sarahfit (dot) com!

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13 AnnMarie January 3, 2013 at 3:45 pm

My Goal for 2013 is to continue working out at least 4 times a week and try to mix up my routine a bit to figure out what will work for my body. Also to become more educated about nutrition and to think of food as fuel not just pleasure.

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14 Whitney January 3, 2013 at 3:45 pm

My goal for 2013 is to take my fitness to the next level. One way is that I am pushing myself to run 355 miles by the end of November 2013. I have made so much progress this past year and a half but i know i have a lot more potential!

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15 Aoife January 3, 2013 at 3:47 pm

My fitness goal is some form of organised physcial activity 4days/week, which mightn’t seem like much but I travel alot and live out of a suitcase so getting to gyms/finding a safe route to run can be hard. And my health goal is no soda/diet fizzy drinks with the exception of sparkling water. I’m all about the SMART goals (specific, measureable, achievable, realistic, time-orientated)!

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16 Sarah January 3, 2013 at 3:50 pm

have you ever checked out gorecess.com? I’m obsessed with it when I travel.

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17 Aoife January 4, 2013 at 6:39 am

It looks really good, i think you spoke about it before? Unfortunately I’m not in the US but hopefully they’ll extend it to Europe eventually :)

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18 Abby January 3, 2013 at 3:49 pm

I want to keep working out regularly, which I will do by training for my first triathlon in June! So excited!

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19 Jule January 3, 2013 at 3:51 pm

I wanna eat more vegetables :) But mainly continue with regular exercise and my healthy diet

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20 Laura @ Fit Running Mama January 3, 2013 at 3:53 pm

I want to get hooked up and join a CrossFit place! I also want to get my 2nd trainer certification through ACE

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21 Helen January 3, 2013 at 3:58 pm

My goal is to continue to be the best version of myself possible.

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22 Lauren January 3, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Accept compliments without saying “yeah but…”

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23 Alaina January 3, 2013 at 3:58 pm

My goal is to continue the path I am on…eating right and maintaining a fitness routine.

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24 Alyssa January 3, 2013 at 3:59 pm

This year I plan to run my first race longer than a 5k- a half marathon! Training has been going great and I can’t wait to accomplish my goal.

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25 Kat January 3, 2013 at 4:03 pm

OH my goddd, pre-wrap headbands. So high school. At least you had red, I think I had to resort to the beige/nude color that was always in stock in the first aid room. Cute…

My intention for 2013 is to start running again! I switched over to yoga in college (a shame, really, since BU has an incredible indoor track) and have not been doing much cardio since, other than bike commuting to work in the warmer months. I’m gonna sign up for a 5k in the spring and hopefully do a Color Run this summer with my brothers and sister!

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26 Samantha Brown January 3, 2013 at 4:05 pm

My resolution- run a race every month of the year!

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27 Hannah January 3, 2013 at 4:06 pm

I want to incorporate more pilates and yoga into my fitness routine!

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28 Julie January 3, 2013 at 4:13 pm

My goal is the eat healthier, train forum next 13.5 or full marathon and join a TRX or lick boxing class. I would like to drop 20-30 pounds by spring/summer.

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29 Jennifer January 3, 2013 at 4:14 pm

My 2013 fitness goals are to branch out from cardio and change it up. Do some weight training and eat cleaner and train for a half by the end of the year.

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30 Stephanie January 3, 2013 at 4:19 pm

I hope to make my body healthier in the New Year by continuing to improve my eating habits and making a point to exercise more often. So far so good!

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31 Krystina January 3, 2013 at 4:23 pm

I don’t like to do “resolutions” either, but do like to set goals. I have a list of about 10 goals, but a few of them are: run a sub 23 min 5K, do 10 consecutive unassisted pull-ups, take more pictures, and double my savings account.

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32 Kim January 3, 2013 at 4:30 pm

To lose the 15 lbs I gained in 2012! ICK!!!

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33 Maureen January 3, 2013 at 4:38 pm

My fitness goal is to shave another 30 seconds off my mile time.

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34 Kate January 3, 2013 at 4:40 pm

My resolution is to finally lose those last few pounds and maintain a running routine while I’m in grad school!

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35 Kaitlin January 3, 2013 at 4:43 pm

My New Years resolution is to be more patient! I’m sure a lot of people in my life would appreciate it, including myself :)

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36 Monica January 3, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Resolving to lose the school weight!

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37 Marjorie January 3, 2013 at 4:46 pm

One of my resolutions this year is to drink more water and read more literature in my job field (nursing). so exciting i know!

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38 Katie Silva January 3, 2013 at 4:47 pm

My goal is to get a 2 pack. I don’t make resolutions either, but have had that goal for the past couple months. Damn holidays totally threw me off for a bit. In 2012 I lost 40+ lbs the old fashioned way…diet & exercise. So to keep my new lifestyle up, which I love, I want to make my body better & better, for myself!

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39 lindsey January 3, 2013 at 4:48 pm

my 2013 goal is write down one good thing that happens every day and then put it in a jar and read them at the end of the year! i read this idea on a blog and thought it was really cool and positive!

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40 Katja January 3, 2013 at 4:56 pm

my goal is to show friends and family more love ;) and to treat myself better with positive attitude, goo food and great workouts for another triathlon

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41 Tabatha January 3, 2013 at 4:57 pm

My pledge is to drink more water!! I average about 50 oz a day, but would like to get up to 100 oz a day!! So every week I’ll drink 10 more oz until I make it to my goal!!

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42 Danielle January 3, 2013 at 5:20 pm

That’s exactly what I’ve been looking to buy!

This year my goal is to cut back on sweets and exercise 5-6 times a weeks! I also want to eat healthy and exercise because I love my body, not because I hate it – the change of attitude is really what I need.

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43 Kaitlin January 3, 2013 at 5:20 pm

I am venturing off on my own after six months of going to a trainer 3 days a week. My goal is to keep up my routine on my own.

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44 Cynthia Moreno January 3, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Hello Sarah,
One of my resolutions this year is to motivate my parents and my brother to eat healthier and work out more. I want my dad and my mom to be grow old but healthy, and I want my brother to get in the best shape that he can. I know they can do it, and I will be their little push :)

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45 Sara @ fitcupcaker January 3, 2013 at 5:44 pm

This new year I also want to get more organized: especially my closet and garage! And drink more water!

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46 Maggie January 3, 2013 at 5:46 pm

A goal for 2013 is to drink more water!

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47 Tonya Lawson January 3, 2013 at 6:02 pm

My main goals are to drink more water and get more sleep!

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48 Joyce January 3, 2013 at 6:02 pm

My New Years pledge is to try out more non gym activities (rock climbing and stand up paddle boarding are on the list). I love the gym and the variety but you also need to try other things! :)

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49 Lindsey January 3, 2013 at 6:11 pm

My pledge is to get my gym on and focus on toning!

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50 Katie January 3, 2013 at 6:20 pm

This year I’m going to spend less money on clothes and takeout, and feel less guilty about spending money on my gym membership and healthy groceries.

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51 Lindsay January 3, 2013 at 6:24 pm

My goal is to try to things in life, work, and fitness. I’m starting with an unlimited month at Pure Barre! So excited:) (You answered a question for me on the topic that inspired me to go for the month.)

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52 Stacey January 3, 2013 at 6:28 pm

To get better with time management and make time for the people I care about instead of focusing on just me. :)

I don’t really make resolutions as well because I believe that each day/week is a new opportunity to change and re-form yourself.

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53 Erin January 3, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Hey Sarah,

My new year’s resolution is to work on balancing my family, friends, work, and workout better? Can you let us know a typical day of eating for you during the week and the weekend that you are using now to maintain your beautiful body?

Thanks

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54 hilary January 3, 2013 at 6:47 pm

my new year’s resolution is to become more consistent with strength training!

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55 Brooke January 3, 2013 at 7:01 pm

my resolution is to lose the last 10lbs of my baby weight. It’s a lot more difficult than I originally thought!

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56 Clare @ Fitting It All In January 3, 2013 at 7:24 pm

I chose one word instead of a list of goals this year – ACCOMPLISH. Everything:)

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57 Vanessa January 3, 2013 at 8:22 pm

My objective is to get my health back in control. In the past year I’ve been unhappy and I’ve put on a lot of weight. I started taking better care of myself in November 2012 (so far so good) and have also made it a new years resolution to be at my ideal weight. I’m exercising and eating much better. Chocolate and other sweets are my weakness so I’ll be looking out for that.

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58 Katie M January 3, 2013 at 8:26 pm

This year, I pledge to figure out what job will make me happier, and to start to make strides toward this more fulfilling work.

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59 Lynn January 3, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Well having lost 62 pounds in the last six months of 2012, my goal is to continue to eat clean and excersice consistently. I have about 20 pounds more to lose. This isn’t a resolution for 2013. This is a new lifestyle that I have chosen and will follow for years. This year I would like to run a 10k and try taking a barre class along with my favorite spinning. :)

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60 Roni January 3, 2013 at 9:08 pm

My goal this year is to learn another format at the gym. I teach Bodyworks/Abs and Aqua Fit classes, so I’m leaning towards Step/Circuit. I love teaching the classes that I myself have taken as a student and have fallen in love with.

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61 Lindsey F January 3, 2013 at 9:09 pm

My resolution is to be more free; accept more, stress less, and have more fun.

Life is too short to not enjoy it!

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62 Ashley C January 3, 2013 at 9:10 pm

My resolution this year is to be more positive :)

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63 Cait January 3, 2013 at 9:16 pm

My resolution is to go to yoga more

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64 Pam January 3, 2013 at 9:19 pm

I will get back to running and finish my 4th Half Marathon!!!

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65 Joanna January 3, 2013 at 9:36 pm

My resolution is to stretch more after workouts, sounds simple but I always want to skip it!

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66 Shauna January 3, 2013 at 9:40 pm

My resolution is to stop over extending myself so that I can spend more quality time with my 5 month old and actually enjoy my workouts instead of rushing through them. Also to rest more so that my body can recover as it should!

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67 Shannon January 3, 2013 at 9:41 pm

My pledge is not worry so much about what other people think. Tough, but needed.

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68 Mika January 3, 2013 at 10:14 pm

My pledge is to target my weak points by trying different exercises and to wake up earlier so I can have more time for myself–eat breakfast properly, exercise, and just breathe!

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69 Lana January 3, 2013 at 10:19 pm

My goal is to have the confidence to voice my opinion.

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70 Danielle K January 3, 2013 at 10:29 pm

My resolution is to stop interrupting others…bad habit!

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71 Sarah January 4, 2013 at 9:42 am

I need this one too…

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72 Kristi January 3, 2013 at 11:35 pm

My goal is to drop those last 8 pounds! Those are the hardest!! I LOVE HEADBANDS TOO!!

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73 Kristen January 3, 2013 at 11:48 pm

One of my goals is to check my fridge, pantry and freezer before grocery shopping so that I use ingredients I have before they go bad

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74 Rachel January 4, 2013 at 12:05 am

my new year pledge is to eat cleaner and to exercise classes on top of the cardio/weights i do in the week. :)

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75 AmyC January 4, 2013 at 1:58 am

My pledge is to just sit more; not do and think about 100 things but just sit :)

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76 Sarah January 4, 2013 at 9:41 am

I love this. I need this without technology!

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77 Anna January 4, 2013 at 2:42 am

This year, I pledge to work on BALANCE – with work, fun, family, and health.

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78 Kathy January 4, 2013 at 6:42 am

The headband looks cute…Pledge….to take the time to make better food choices…get rid of the processed, quick fix.

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79 Angélica January 4, 2013 at 8:02 am

My pledge is to be more positive in every aspect of my life

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80 Kristi January 4, 2013 at 9:20 am

May sound gross… but it’s to floss daily. It is so hard for me to keep that habit!

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81 Nicole W. January 4, 2013 at 9:33 am

My pledge is to strectch 5 times per week.

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82 meghan January 4, 2013 at 9:43 am

My goal in the new year is to do more intervals instead of heading out on long runs all the time.

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83 Daniela January 4, 2013 at 11:18 am

My resolution is kind of like yours. I want to get a little bit more organized and follow a regular schedule of working out. I normally get about 5 workouts a week in but they tend to be random and at random times. So I want create a schedule and actually follow a plan!

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84 Kristine January 4, 2013 at 11:22 am

My pledge is to work on my posture, slow down when I eat, and drink more water.

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85 Meghan January 4, 2013 at 11:23 am

My resolution is to run a race each month! So far, I’ve registered for 6…here’s to hoping I can nail down the other 6 soon!

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86 Casey January 4, 2013 at 11:56 am

My pledge is to try and remain at the weight I’m at right now, and to do well in my last semester of college!

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87 Melanie Zimmerman January 4, 2013 at 12:12 pm

My pledge- conquer my first FULL marathon and to get my swim training in gear so I can do the swimming portion of my triathlons this year!! :)

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88 Kelly January 4, 2013 at 12:14 pm

I’m doing the Insanity DVDs to try to kickstart a 10 lb weightloss this year!

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89 Katie G. January 4, 2013 at 12:21 pm

I personally don’t do resolutions either but my goal is to become more regular with my fitness rutine as well as train for a 5k in may (not a big runner). I also plan to advance in my career.

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90 Gina January 4, 2013 at 12:39 pm

My pledge would have to be to stay true to myself. As life throws me curve balls I begin to question my ideals. But at the end of the day I can only be me. I plan embracing ME and all that I am in 2013 & beyond!!! :-)

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91 Caitlin January 4, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Happy New Year! One of my pledges it to not interrupt as much. I catch myself not allowing others to finish their stories without me commenting midway. Listen better and wait until the other person is finished before I comment. I also want to read more and disconnect from the computer, TV, etc. a little more.

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92 Annabel January 4, 2013 at 2:10 pm

This year I am determined to get toned! I just started strength training all muscle groups. Previously I only did lower body. By 2014 I will have strong arms!

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93 Emily January 4, 2013 at 2:10 pm

My resolution, or I’ve taken to calling it an “intention” at this point, is to institute “meatless Monday’s” into my weekly schedule. Encouraging me to be a more creative cook and healthier. Thanks!

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94 Taylor January 4, 2013 at 2:28 pm

My boyfriend is really fit so my goal is to workout at least as much as he does! I’ve been going on his runs through the hills in our neighborhood and I have a lot of work to do to get up to his fitness level. But I’m excited to see how quickly I can catch up!

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95 Rachel January 4, 2013 at 2:31 pm

My resolution is to work harder on hard workout days but actually rest on rest days instead of everything just being mediocre!

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96 Randi January 4, 2013 at 2:47 pm

My resolution is to work on portion control and avoid eating fast food.

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97 Tracey January 4, 2013 at 3:44 pm

My New Year’s resolution is to stop comparing myself to when I was smaller and unhealthier and be happy and comfortable in my healthy body.

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98 Viviana January 4, 2013 at 5:27 pm

I also want to be more organized! And run a 5k in 30minutes:) I’m a very slow runner!

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99 Julie January 4, 2013 at 5:43 pm

My New Years pledge is to have more focus in everything I do. In my daily life I’m trying to focus on what I am doing at the time and in my workouts I’m trying to focus on what I am doing, my form, my muscles, etc so I can get the best workout possible.

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100 Jess @ Blonde Ponytail January 4, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Oh I love Sparkly Soul and can always use a headband to keep wisp’s at bay. the gold one matches your hair! and mine! Pledge: finally get settled in our home–stuff is still in boxes. TIme to organize!

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101 Winter Sundays January 4, 2013 at 7:04 pm

My new year pledge is study Korean daily and to workout daily! (By working out, I mean get moving every day including yoga, Tabata, walking, strength training, etc. So the intensity will vary.) I’ve found it’s easier for me to workout everyday than to maintain a 3-5x a week workout routine.

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102 Jenn January 4, 2013 at 7:47 pm

I strive to connect to others more, meet new people in the blogging community, connect with family and friends more and connect with God more. Basically, connect.

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103 Jennarosett January 4, 2013 at 8:04 pm

My goal is to add two days of Smart Barre to my weekly running routine. While I love cardio, I never enjoy strength training and this helps me stay motivated.

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104 Emily January 4, 2013 at 9:27 pm

My new years resolution is to focus on something each month…. inspired by reading a book called The Happiness Project. I’m keeping track of my resolutions in a notebook with a chart. Really hoping to make a few positive changes!

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105 Angela January 4, 2013 at 9:45 pm

One of my resolutions is to do a mini workout every morning, just move somehow!!

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106 Marin January 4, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Love your tip about signing up for a race! My first 5k of the year is coming up in February, and my big goal is to complete my first half marathon!

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107 Melody F January 5, 2013 at 12:05 am

2013 is going to be the year I put myself first- and take care of myself.

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108 Jessica January 5, 2013 at 3:04 am

My resolution is to do the c25k… already signed up for a couple 5ks in March! Also to continue to eat healthy! :)

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109 Tracy January 5, 2013 at 5:44 am

My pledge is to try to find some sort of balance in terms of juggling work, marriage, kids and health *b/c health has been on the back burner too long *

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110 Carly January 5, 2013 at 8:21 am

My resolutions are to focus more on myself, and less on other peoples opinions, approvals, and problems. By focusing on myself this year, I will accomplish my fitness, health, and career goals!

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111 Emily January 5, 2013 at 9:38 am

I have lots of intentions for the coming year, but I always keep number 1 the same. My Mom passed this on to me when I was just starting my adult life. It pretty much encompasses every other intention, but is a fab reminder.
#1 – Be good to yourself.

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112 Stacey N. January 5, 2013 at 11:18 am

My goal is to be a more kind person. I want to have patience, see the good in people and do good for others. I think the more kind acts you do, the easier it is to continue that attitude.

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113 Janelle January 5, 2013 at 11:39 am

My resolution this year is to get up an extra 20 minutes early before work so I can take my dog on a walk. Better for me and for her!

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114 Bonnie January 5, 2013 at 11:48 am

Thanks so much for the giveaway, Sarah! I, too, don’t make resolutions but I do have a word of the year that applies to a few areas of my life: FOCUS. I’m focusing more on my relationship with God, on keeping my fitness consistent and on focusing on the truth that fitness is more important than just what my body looks like.

…the Sparkly Soul bands would be awesome for my dreadlocks! THANKS!

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115 Caitlin January 5, 2013 at 2:46 pm

My New Years resolution is to try something new every month. Whether it be a new fitness class, restaurant, or even beer, I really want to expand my horizons!

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116 Julia Grace January 5, 2013 at 3:21 pm

In 2013 I’m going to do more strength work. 2012 was a big running year for me, and I always incorporate yoga into my weekly workouts, but to avoid injury I really need to get in some core work and upper & lower body strength. BTW, Sarah, I LOVE your video for the day-after-Thanksgiving workout. Whenever I’m low on time, I squeeze that workout in :)

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117 Donna C January 5, 2013 at 3:47 pm

I want to read more this year. My goal is to read one book a month.

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118 Lorrie January 5, 2013 at 4:03 pm

My resolutions are to stay healthy by keeping up with my food diary, eating better and stretching more!!

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119 Tracey c January 6, 2013 at 6:58 am

I am resolving to be more present in “real” life and not my Facebook, Instagram, twitter life.

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120 Diane January 6, 2013 at 12:22 pm

My pledge this year is also to organize/declutter my belongings. I always say that I will do it but this year, I will!

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121 Leah January 6, 2013 at 2:02 pm

I’m committing to a regular exercise schedule!

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122 Ashley January 6, 2013 at 8:38 pm

I want to clean up my eating!

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123 domestic diva January 6, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Mine: simplify.

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124 Stephanie O January 6, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Slowly cutting out processed food.

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125 Johanna January 7, 2013 at 11:57 am

My resolution is to get back to the basics of nutrition and exercising, and look HOT at my September wedding :)

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126 striving2befit January 7, 2013 at 12:00 pm

My goal for the 2013: to finally be a healthy and fit person before I turn 30 next year. :)

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