ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Coming up with a list of New Year's resolutions can be a simple task, but sticking to your goals can be challenging. Especially when it comes to losing weight.
"Once you have the baby, life gets really complicated and really hectic. So it's definitely really hard to find that balance," said mother Rachel Mansfield.
As a mother, Mansfield knows it's not easy to juggle healthy living, working out and raising a child.
But after being diagnosed with gestational diabetes during her pregnancy, she knew she had to find a way.
"My doctor strongly recommended that I start exercising and eating right and really taking care of myself," explained Mansfield.
She started with Crossfit Dreadnought.
She said that she had tried going to other gyms, but could never stay committed.
"I dreaded going and I hated it, and I found every excuse in the world to not go," said Mansfield.
She said the key was finding somewhere that would help her find the right motivation.
"You have to get to the place where you are making this decision for you and it's something you want to do for your health, for your life," explained Mansfield.
Kristina Johnson decided to make changes in her life last New Years, she has since lost 100 pounds and plans to keep going.
Crossfit Dreadnought Co-owner Paige Peavey has watched Johnson through her transformation.
"She came in and literally said I've lost a little bit of weight, made dramatic lifestyle changes and I'm ready to take it to the next step," said Peavey.
Peavey said that it's easy to keep a resolution when you start seeing and feeling results.
"She's still full force. I mean her story has actually just begun honestly at 100 pounds loss," explained Peavey. "She's got big goals."
As for Mansfield, she hopes to continue her goals throughout the new year.
"I'm just trying to take a very holistic approach where I'm not just working out but eating right and trying to be more positive," said Mansfield.
Experts say if you want to keep your wight loss resolutions you have to have realistic goals. They also suggest planning your workouts and meals ahead of time and tracking your progress along the way. Many also say that it's best to not keep your goals to yourself. They say having a "buddy" to help your journey can be beneficial.