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...
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. ;-)
- 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!
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!
- You can change. You have the ultimate control over what happens to you and your goals. Yes, YOU!
- 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.
Peace and health,