As the New Year closes in on us, I have been hearing many people proclaim: “this is the year for me to get healthy” or “I really want to start working out again” or “I need to lose these extra 10 lbs this year”. Which is great to hear! It means you are thinking about yourself and your body and what you need or “should” do to reach your goals and that’s why I want to help you.
There is nothing more demotivating than having this idealistic goal and bright vision for what you want to achieve and along comes some hurdle or roadblock that kiboshes the whole damn thing leaving you feel like a little kid whose birthday party just got rained on. Maybe life gets in the way or you get sick or injured or you just frankly encounter the winter blues, regardless from what I have seen this is a vicious cycle and this is where MANY people get stuck. Why do you think people talk about how everyone rushes to the gym Jan to about mid March then all of a sudden those folks are gone and only the veterans are left behind for the rest of the year. It’s because your human, not a machine and everyone is built differently both mentally and physically.
So now that we cleared the air let’s get into the meat of the topic… how can you KEEP your goals? You know, honestly I struggle with the same thing…I mean I have 2 jobs one which consumes between commuting making it a 10-12 hr day 5 days a week, I have a daughter to take care of and get to classes/homework/play time, I have a house to clean, bills to pay, groceries to get the list goes on…. but what I feel is the key to my success in maintaining my exercise and healthy habits is that I take as much time in between all of the above for me. Listen, eating healthy is not just a cool thing and working out won’t just help you omit the cookies you ate. It is SOOO much more than that…. eating healthy fuels your brain, your cells, your hair/skin/mental capability the list goes on not to mention many health foods have cancer fighting benefits or lower risks for certain diseases… same with exercise it’s not just a vanity thing there are very real and proven facts about the roll of excess fat on our body and how especially for certain body types it can be a major health red flag.
Here are my 5 tips to help you sustain your New Years Resolution:
- Write down one strong resolution/goal and next to it a list of a few pro’s and cons to keeping/breaking it.
- Start slow – diving in 6 days a week to the gym or eating only plants after your carnivorous diet is a recipe for disaster
- Focus on the long term benefits
- Tell others – there is something to say about sharing our goals and holding each other accountable – that alone is motivating
- Keep going – yes there will be setbacks but take those to refocus or scale down your efforts but don’t just stop and throw the towel in…
I challenge you to go beyond the superficial goals of “losing weight”, “working out”, “buying a gym membership. Dig deeper and define the why, write it down and most importantly hold yourself accountable. We expect others to keep their word when making commitments or promises to us why would we not expect the same from ourselves? I believe in all of you. Let’s make 2018 the year to remember. You got this!