It’s that time of year
So what can we change? How about this year, make a resolution to make a resolution you can keep. This starts with examining what you want to do. Next decide based on rigorous self-awareness, what you are able to do. And finally, set reasonable and attainable goals. Base your resolution on these steps and you have a great chance for success. Let’s look at these steps one at a time.
Deciding what you want to do is an obvious first step, but many people don’t begin there. Instead
First, remember that this isn’t a new week resolution or a new month resolution. You are supposedly coming up with something you are going to do for the next 365 days, 52 weeks, or 12 months. That’s a lot of commitment, so base your resolution on that time frame. You aren’t going to lose 10 pounds or run 6 miles in the first week. You probably won’t meet those goals in the first month. So what can you do in a
Taking a look at the weight loss example, with reasonable diet and exercise, most people can lose a pound every week or two. Taking an average and spreading it out over a whole year, that’s a total of 39 pounds. Giving yourself some slack time and accounting for holidays and vacations, let’s make the resolution that you want to lose 35 pounds next year. That may not sound like a lot but think back over previous years. What if, in any one of those, you had lost 35 pounds? That would be quite an accomplishment
The same principle applies to a fitness resolution. If you aren’t working out at all, you aren’t going to go to the gym every day, so why set yourself up for failure? Three times a week is
Whether fitness or diet, another obstacle people face is they are going along great, then something gets in the way for a day or two or even a week, and then they just stop. The way around those obstacles is to plan for them. Include them. Embrace them. Set some days aside, such as holidays, as off days, with the day after set as getting back on schedule. Plan on off days or modified days during vacations, knowing that when you get back, your normal routine continues. Or set goals and rewards. Every time you lose X pounds
Okay, you have set up an obtainable goal of losing 35 pounds or running six miles by the end of the year. How do you get there without becoming frustrated and quitting? Well, that’s one of the great things about setting up an attainable long-term goal. If you break it up into small chunks, such as weeks or days, you aren’t looking at such a daunting task. At 35 pounds in a year, you need to net 2400 fewer calories a week or a little over 300 a day. That’s two less sugary soft drinks or one less soda and
You only need to able to run a little more than a tenth of a mile and then increase it by a tenth each week.
While it’s easy to get caught up in the first of the year mania and commit to some outlandish, short-term goal, if you look at your objectives in a reasonable manner and break them up into small, easily accomplished tasks, this may just be the year