Thursday, January 3, 2013

How to make your resolutions a reality

Happy New Year, Everyone!

I'm still in recycling mode, digging up past posts to share again. This one, if you're a New-Year's-Resolution-setter, has some tips to help you with your success. And even if you aren't making any major declarations this January, these tips can help you with setting daily plans in motion. Read on...

Ok, it's the new year and you've made your declaration to shape up, or lose weight, or get a better job or whatever your soul is telling you really need to feed it. You're giddy with excitement about how you'll be a changed person! You sign up for a gym membership, buy the latest diet book, or start sprucing up your résumé, but then somewhere along the way, you lose your enthusiasm. Hey, you're not screwing up. Honest, you're not. But like saying goes: We don't plan to fail, we just fail to plan.

So before you get started, I want to share some tips to help you get your bootie in gear!
  1. Set realistic goals. I just had a guy contact me who wants to lose 33 lbs. His target date? Two weeks from now. He's not a failure, but he'll feel like one in 14 days. He's trying going from Lazyboy to super star in a matter of minutes. Which leads me to the next step.
  2. Don't try to change everything at once. "I'm gonna start running every day, stop drinking every night, cook all my meals from scratch, and..." Whoa! Tackle one small change at a time and add new ones as you master the previous one.
  3. Think new and fun, not denial and punishment. Too often we look at exercise as punishment. "Oh gawd, I'm a pig... I'll redeem myself with 20 push ups and 60 minutes of up hill on the treadmill." Try looking at physical activity as something fun! Walking with friends at lunch, salsa dancing, hiking the gorge, bike rides with the family. Exercise doesn't have to suck to be effective. ;-)
  4. Have a plan and stick with it! Personally my mind runs about 100+ miles per hour thinking about work, crafty ideas, what's for dinner. And if I don't write them down, poof, they're gone. But when I do, I'm like a machine. I've got a plan of attack and it keeps me focused. Try it!
  5. Think positively, dammit! I'm a firm believer in self-fullfilling prophecies. Expect to fail and you will. Learn from past mistakes, then try a new approach and move forward. It reminds me of a friend. He never graduated high school but wanted to a degree in graphic design. He'd say, "I'll be 40 by the time I graduate." His girlfriend reminded him he'd be 40 regardless. Better get started! And he did!
  6. Buddy up! I have clients who workout together at the studio once a week and then they take the show on the road together. They're counting on each other, plus it's fun!
  7. Realize that change takes time...and EFFORT! If change was easy I'd be out of a job. It can take weeks, months, even years to develop new habits. And we waiver all the time along the way...Keep at it.
  8. Don't beat yourself up. So you fell off the fitness wagon. It happens. Don't throw in the towel. Climb back on and go from there. It's like brushing your teeth. When we were kids we our parents nagged us to brush. Now it's a habit. If you woke up one morning and realized you forgot to brush the night before, you wouldn't abandon your oral hygiene all together. Right? You'd pick up where you left off. Apply that logic to your new goals!
  9. You can change. You have the ultimate control over what happens to you and your goals. Yes, YOU!
  10. Get some professional help. Yes, this may seem like shameless self-promotion, but consider working a health and fitness coach. We're trained to help you overcome obstacles, see the bigger picture and break it down into manageable parts, and just hold your feet to the fire. :-) You can contact me or find a coach in your area.
I hope that help you. Enjoy your year!

Peace and health,


m.w. said...

#9 is very good advice!

A good news year's resolution is to resolve to just pick yourself up, and start all over again.

Bill said...

I just read this, and it makes sense to me. Get yourself a 2009 calendar. Make a pact with yourself that you are going to do some exercise every, single day. Resolve to make a "chain" on your calendar. Each day you exercise, mark an X through that day on your calendar. Don't break the chain. It's a strong motivator because you can see all the progress you’ve made, so you'll be reluctant to break the chain.

February....same thing. March....go for it.'s a habit.

Meredith said...

OKay love this post!!

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