Tuesday, June 30, 2015

How To Get Back On Track With Your New Year's Resolutions

Roughly half of all Americans make "New Year's Resolutions" on January 1st. But, fast forward 6 months later, and over half of those well-intentioned individuals have fallen off the wagon. While it is human nature to just give up on and wait for the next year's clock to strike twelve, that does not have to be you! We maybe halfway through 2015 but there is still time to reach your goals and be a better, more improved you come 2016. Here's how to get back on track: 

1. Reevaluate Your Resolution And Set A More Realistic/Specific Goal

Some of the most popular NYRs are: lose weight, workout more, get organized, save money. While these are great goals, they are too broad. Take your original resolution and make it more specific and realistic. If you want to lose weight, make your goal something like "I will lose 10 pounds by Labor Day." That is specific (set weight and a deadline) as well as realistic (one pound a week...very doable and healthy). If you want to workout more, think about how much you have already been working out. Don't go from zero days to everyday. That is not realistic or sustainable. Schedule your workouts and make sure to add rest days. 

2. Start Small

Once you have set your new goal, gradually make changes to your daily life. Trying to start an extreme lifestyle change right away just sets you up for failure. You can't run a marathon without training. Same principal goes into effect here. Back to working out, start with 15 minutes a day, 5 times a week for the first week. If that feels good and sustainable, tack on additional minutes, more intensity, or maybe even a spin class. The key is to not overwhelm yourself right out of the gate.  

3. Don't Get Discouraged

Look. Life happens. There are going to be days, maybe even weeks where your diet goes off track, you skip workouts, or the house gets in disarray. Don't get discouraged and don't throw in the towel. One bad day or one bad week is not going to ruin your goal. So, go to bed and start over the next day. You can do this! 

4. Celebrate Your Success

You are working hard so don't forget to give yourself a pat on the back. Celebrate your successes, even the small ones. My favorite way to celebrate is with a good old bicep pic on Instagram (see above). Yes, I am kinda bragging, but it reminds me that I reaping the rewards from all of those sweaty (and ungodly) early mornings at the gym. And you know what, the encouragement and positive feedback I receive motivates me even more. If not-so-humble social media posts aren't your style, treat yourself to a massage, a special spin class, or a night out with friends. You earned it!

So what spurred this post you might ask? Well I too set a NYR this year that I didn't stick with: to finally achieve a ring muscle up. I am hoping this little post will help me (and you) get back into the swing of things and attain our goals. 

Did you stick to your New Year's Resolution?

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