While I was in Mexico I actually had the time to sit down and relax and in that process I picked up one of those fitness magazines that stare at you every time you are in a grocery store line up. On the cover it said “Get your dream body in just 2 weeks” and there was a picture of a well known trainer and her perfect, toned and sculpted body.

I’ve been guilty of this in the past, buying one of those magazines and attempting to do whatever exercise they are telling me to do that will make me look exactly like the girl on the cover and two weeks in I do not look anything different. 

I am here to tell you that YOU CAN’T GET YOUR DREAM BODY IN JUST 2 WEEKS. Sorry, but it just is not possible. No diet, exercise plan or cleanse will have you looking a certain way in 14 days. And even if it did, are you just supposed to go back to your old routine after 2 weeks and carry on? These routines (similar to what I post on Lainey) are a great way to learn new exercises and spice up the routine you are currently doing but they will not make miracles.

Health is not about looking a certain way and it is not about achieving something in a short amount of time so if you are looking for that quick fix you need to stop.

There is no easy way to become healthy but being healthy is not as bad as some people make it out to be.  Getting outside and exercising is actually fun, if you open your mind up to it and find something you enjoy doing and someone you enjoy doing it with.

Eating healthy is enjoyable too and you will be amazed at how good you will feel and how much energy you will have. You will sleep better, your stress levels will drop and your overall mood will improve.

Here are a few tips if you have fallen off the wagon since the start of 2013 to continue to make this year the best yet:

Do not expect miracles.  Your tight jeans will still be tight a week or two after you ramp up your fitness routine so give yourself a month before you try to squeeze back into them.

Focus on small tangibles to start because the long term goal will seem daunting to begin with (it is like climbing a mountain and instead of focusing on the top, focus on each step you are taking to reach the peak). Set weekly goals that you can review at the end of each week which will let you know you were successful, even if the scale is not moving.

Do not give up right away if you are finding it difficult. It takes 3 weeks to change a habit so stay consistent and go into it with an open mind. Be positive and try and learn how to enjoy the challenges while making change, rather than dreading them. 

Put down the magazine that is promising magic and just start moving. You will surprise yourself what you can accomplish with a little bit of time (more than two weeks of course) and a whole lot of fun.

Attached -- Ashley Greene leaves the gym