New Year New You: Taking the First Step
I am frequently asked If I set new years resolutions. I am a constant work in process dictated by my unwavering determination to build bigger, better things and seizing opportunities in every little moment. As such, One may anticipate that my likelihood of my resting my aspirations on a single calendar date might seem slim.
My response regarding resolutions? Of course I make New Years resolutions. While the date on the calendar does not dictate whether or not I will choose to progress on any given day, it would certainly be shameful to let the opportunity to improve myself slip by.
Weight loss and other similar health goals are the single most sought after lifestyle and behavior change of the new year. I think this is AWESOME! Putting my health on a pedi stool has been a continually evolving habit of mine for quite some time now. I encourage everyone to jump at the opportunity to get started, and there is no better time than the new year. Simultaneously, I encourage you to examining some of the most common deterrents of our eager players successfully reaching their resolution goals when it comes to health and wellness. This will allow you to hit the ground running in achieving your goal.
1) Learn the steps before you tango: I’d love to learn to tango. In fact, that might be 2nd on my list of New Years resolutions. If I said to you “tomorrow I'm going to a formal. I’m going to put on my best dress and every Saturday from here on out I’ll be performing with a group of elite dancers regardless of my ability to carry a rhythm,” you’d probably look at me like I was pretty silly. Perhaps start with a class you might say. Find a Partner to practice with.
Diet and lifestyle changes are no different. I mean there are a LOT of steps that get us from the beginning of the day to the end when it comes to what we’re putting into our bodies and the activities we may do. Sit back and ask yourself: where am I now? What skills do I need to build on? For example if you’re an avid cook, maybe its time to bust out a menu plan for the week. If your signature entree accomplishments typically come from a box, perhaps its best to start with the recipe book. Wherever you are there is always an opportunity to improve.
So many times we find ourselves quickly dwindling in our successes when we realize an hour at the gym every day doesn't fit in place of playing with the kids, doing the chores, catching up at work and various other activities. So make it realistic and sustainable. Put real life in the mix. An hour at the gym daily may not work forever, but a half an hour three days a week might fit just right. Remember it's YOUR health and YOUR goal. Don’t compare yourself to where others are at.
2) You reach a mile by taking one step at a time: you can’t lose 50 lbs before you lose 1 lb. You have to lose a little before you can lose a lot. The same goes for activity. Build your way up to a better you.
3) The goal is that there is no end goal: This might be the most frustrating part of this whole wellness gig for many. Unlike many things that yield an end result, our health is something that sticks with us and requires maintenance well… for the rest of our lives. Every day we need work to prepare new nutritious meals and move our bodies. However, every day we are also rewarded for doing these things by being able to be our best selves. We’ll have more energy every day. We can save time and money. Our hearts will be healthy and happy. And our waistlines will thank us.
4) Reward, Reward, Reward!: How many times have you sat back and thought "I shouldn't have eaten that cookie." and the next day you're still thinking about that cookie! At that point perhaps you have another because you might think "I've already blown it for the week". The story might continue on from there. Wouldn't it be great if we could focus on our successes more than we focus on our challenges? What if we thought about our workouts several days following? What if a successful new low calorie dish lingered on our minds? When you do it well, write it down. Tell someone about it. Give yourself a pat on the back. You've come to far to let a cookie tell you what to do.
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