If you are like many people in America, your New Year’s resolutions involve some kind of health or fitness related activity. Many people want to lose weight, eat healthier, start exercising, run a 5 k, get fit, and on and on. While we have good intentions and often start strong, something along the way happens to derail our progress and before we know it, we let the whole idea go, feel like a failure, and may or may not decide to try again next year. NEXT YEAR? Seriously? Is there anything else in life we fail at that we give up on for an entire year? Most likely not, but that is what we do year in and year out with our New Year’s resolutions, particularly resolutions related to health and fitness. So, if this is true (and it is), how can we SUCCEED this year?
Here are a few strategies to help you fulfill your fitness and nutrition New Year’s resolutions:
- Set realistic goals.
- Develop a plan.
- Get accountability.
- Chart your progress.
- Don’t try to do too much to fast – slow and steady wins the race!
- Get back up when you fall (just understand up front, you will fall, that’s ok).
- Celebrate small successes.
- Recruit others to make the join you in making these changes.
- Commit to the process.
- Realize it is going to take time, no getting around it.
- Realize it is going to take work.
- Allow yourself to try new things.
As a big gal (seeing 172+ pounds on the scale for my 5’3″ frame was a real eye opener) who decided to make some big changes a few years ago, I can tell you from experience that it’s not easy to change your lifestyle. There are ups and down on the scale, as well as emotionally and physically. I’ve tried various plans and programs, hired trainers, gotten gym memberships, and went through some really tough times personally to get where I am. I wish I could tell you I am right where I want to be and I’ve arrived. The reality is, I haven’t! I’m actually struggling a bit now. Struggling to make good choices, struggling to keep the weight off, and struggling to know how to best use my time and recourses.
However, there is a very positive side to where I am at right now. I know what to do, I know how to do it, and I am determined to keep making good choices, to keep hitting the gym, to keep teaching boot camp, to keep moving forward. Life is a series of choices. You won’t always make the best choice, you may not even make good choices, but with each choice you have the opportunity to learn and try again.
Here’s wishing you a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR! I’d love to help you with your fitness and nutrition resolutions! If you’re wanting accountability and a no-nonsense approach to making real lifestyle changes, I can help. There are no quick fixes, but I will be with you every step of the way. For encouragement, connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. Right now I’m offering a free 3 month membership if you want to give it a try. Contact me and let’s work together!