Insider tips on how to stay on track to being healthy | Guest Column

New year’s resolutions often include something about health and fitness. Sadly, more than 50 percent of people have lost their motivation by the six-month mark and all good intentions of increased health are in the rearview mirror.

But let’s talk about that other 40-plus percent that are successful! I have picked out two of our members here at Iron Tribe Fitness that have had an amazing 2016 and kept their resolutions front and center all year long. I asked them to share with me and you why they were successful. So here are some insider tips from people who are just like you who have made it work!

Lisa is an independent sales rep, mom of three and grandmother of two who put her health as a priority. She found that having a community was a key to success. A community that was not only supportive during the workout, but people she looked forward to seeing in class and being social with. Lisa found it helps hold her accountable when she knows people are going to be expecting to see her in her regular class. Like having multiple workout buddies to keep her in line! Lisa also likes having a coach/trainer. They have gotten to know her and keep her from pushing to hard or taking it to easy!

Karen is a massage therapist who found what worked best for her. Being open to trying new things. She had never tried the type of workout that we do here and she thought it would be a bit of a stretch. But she found by pushing herself to try something new it has made her stronger in the gym and stronger in life. She also found a food prep buddy to help her (and her friend) keep their nutrition healthy. They shop and cook together once a week and then don’t have to worry about cooking the rest of the week.

So here are the keys to success, according to Lisa and Karen. Find a community that is fun, but will hold you accountable. Be open minded! Find a workout that is new and different that pushes you to try things you never thought you could. Get a workout/food prep friend who will keep you working in the right direction with your nutrition.

Good health and wellness can be found by these ladies, and you can find it, too. Find something new that you like to do and find someone to hold you accountable. Everyone has to be a beginner some time, so why not make 2017 the year for you to begin a journey to better health? Be like Lisa and Karen!

Amy Lewallen is the owner of Iron Tribe Fitness in Redmond. For information, visit