If your New Year’s Resolution was to work on your personal fitness, have you stuck to it over the last month? If not, you don’t have give up, and you are not a failure! You can use your experience to learn what doesn’t work for you. Next, you may need to change the way you think about your goals and how you plan to get there. Start by focusing on what actually works for weight loss, health and fitness resolutions and how we can get that resolution to stick for a lifetime.
|What doesn’t work (Not realistic)||Works! (Realistic)|
|I am going to lose weight this year||I will keep an exercise and diet journal for at least one month|
|I am going to exercise 6 days per week starting Jan. 1st!||I am going to schedule workouts and treat them like very important appointments I must work around|
|I will eat healthier||I will spend time each weekend preparing a meal plan and grocery list for the week.|
|I will not eat any carbs until I reach my goal||I will focus on “clean” foods and avoid processed foods|
|I will lose 20lbs by Spring||I will run a Half Marathon (5K, 10K, etc) this Spring|
|I will banish all my favorite sweets and high calories foods from my life||I will allow myself to eat my favorite foods once per week.. and enjoy it!|
I always recommend small goals at part of a much bigger plan. Decide on resolutions that promote a specific action! Instead of resolving to “lose weight,” “get fit” or “get healthier” start with the a more specific new goal such as resolving to be more committed to yourself and your goals or to be more consistent with your actions. Then define a plan that focuses on the daily actions you will need to take and new habits you will have to make to achieve your personal fitness goals!
Remember, creating that New Year’s Resolution to lose weight or get fit is only the first step of your commitment to improving your fitness level! Words are easy, daily actions are challenging. Buddy up with a friend or join a program to stay accountable for those actions.
Your commitment to yourself will be tested almost daily….like bad days at work, your kids’ schedule, traveling, days that are too hot, too cold, etc… But by staying committed and consistent with your actions like the ones above, you will create lifelong habits and you may actually not need to make a personal fitness resolution ever again!
Owner of Niki G’s Fitness