The New Year is just a couple days away and it’s time to set some resolutions for yourself, but actually reach your goals!
A resolution, by definition, is: “a firm decision to do or not to do something” (google). You are making a list of decisions of what you want to do to be better! Whether your goals be quitting smoking, not eating so many sweets, or losing excess weight-- exercising and weight loss are some of the top chosen resolutions in America. If you check any statistic online, all the facts show that only a handful percentage of people actually keep their resolutions and stick to them. So if you really want to exercise and get fit….what will you do to keep your resolutions this year?
For one, start your resolutions by determining your readiness--physically and mentally. If you are not preparing for your lifestyle change, such as a change in your diet, your resolutions will not last. You have to make sure you are ready for the challenge ahead!
Secondly, create a plan for yourself. You can NOT jump into exercising and just expect things to fall into place. Take your time to create a plan for yourself to make sure you are keeping yourself focused and organized. A daily exercise/food journal is a great start for creating a plan for getting fit. Speaking with a trainer and discussing your goals will also help you start a plan. Remember that even though planning can be long and tedious, it’s helpful in the long run because it keeps you on track.
Next, talk to a friend and involve them with your goals. This helps to keep you on track and holds you accountable. Choose a friend you trust and make sure they are on the same page as you. Have them text you when you need to eat healthier if you need to be reminded or take them to the gym with you. Always keep your reliable friends close because it holds you accountable!
What you should do next is do things you enjoy to help you get through the things you don’t enjoy! Listen to music while working out or watch t.v. while you’re eating a veggie you don’t care for! Do the things you like, but also think outside the box and do the things that make you uncomfortable too! The only way to succeed in your goals is to challenge yourself!
And lastly, be realistic. DO NOT SET UNREACHABLE GOALS. Start small and go from there. Setting unrealistic goals is hard on you and it hurts even more when you don’t reach your goals. Be confident and set resolutions that challenge you but also does not push you over the edge.
AND DON’T FORGET to have fun while you’re kicking ass!
The New Year is almost here--you can do it!
Believe in yourself and don’t give up!