Because sometimes we have to dig deep and really learn patience!
The new year is here, and with it comes a host of resolutions and commitments to get better in your health and wellness endeavors. Perhaps you want to lose weight and gain muscle or you have the dreams of finishing a marathon. Whatever your goals are, new year resolutions are wonderful for lighting the initial spark to get started.
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We’re a week into the new year, where are you at with your resolution?
We can make lofty resolutions as we’re surrounded by loved ones as we ring in the new year (especially after the champagne), but it can be difficult to stay motivated, even in the first week.
Why is it so hard to stick to our resolutions?
Fitness is a journey, and you can’t expect things to change overnight — which is what most of us go into it with. Developing strong, consistent habits takes time because you have to adjust both physically and mentally, and if you’ve created bad habits along the and up until this point, it will take a moment to change them.
Give yourself time.
When we’re in a rush to see results — perhaps you wanted to drop 10 pounds in a month or run an eight-minute mile — this often sets us up for failure. As you adjust your mindset and get real with your expectations, you can create a new framework that helps you stick to resolutions, longer.
After all, are you wanting to make a lasting lifestyle change or a quick fix?
Make your goal(s) count!
It’s one thing to make a resolution of losing weight, but this is very broad. How much weight do you want to lose? Narrow down your goals and you may find it easier or at least have a clearer picture of what you need to do to accomplish them.
So, think about what you want to accomplish. If weight loss is on your list, how can you achieve that SMARTly?
- S – Specific
- M – Measurable
- A – Achievable
- R – Relevant
- T – Timely
A better way to commit to weight loss is making a plan to lose a pound a week and then you can adjust your lifestyle to accomplish this goal.
Know your patterns.
Sometimes the biggest obstacle in front of us is us! Get out of your own way by acknowledging your fitness shortcomings. Do you get pulled into happy hour every Friday and blow your diet on booze and fried food? Or, perhaps you’re an emotional eater — you eat to celebrate and you eat commiserate, and everything in-between!
Once you know your patterns, it makes it easier to notice them and create better, healthier habits.
We like perfection, but no one is perfect!
Don’t let the small (or large) derailments keep you from your goals. Sure you may have totally eaten your way through every city you toured on your vacation or decided to take a week off of lifting, but you can always jump back on board. People seem to stumble and don’t think they can do this. But you can. This is us giving you permission.
No one is perfect, and though we would like to effortlessly life in a perfect, linear life, this doesn’t happen!
Now that we’ve gone through practical things you can do to stay committed to your resolution, are you ready to hold strong and crush your goal?!