I have mixed feelings about New Year's resolutions. Every year at about this time all you see, hear and read about are people making the big three New Year resolutions: more money, quit smoking, and to lose weight.
Now, I don’t know the success rate of the first two, but as a fitness and nutrition coach I can tell you (and statistics prove) that most people who resolve to lose weight in the new year are doomed to fail.
This year, however, you owe it to yourself to become the new person you want to be. Not in order to impress other people. You’re going to do it because you owe it to yourself and the people that depend on you. With the right mindset, the right strategy and the right day-to-day tactics you can do whatever you put your mind to—you can get healthier, you can lose those extra pounds, you can have more energy and you can get the body you've always wanted.
The Power of One
Before you set a resolution for a new you in the New Year, take stock of your fitness to determine what your goals are.
Start with one very specific goal. Looking to go down one waist size? Great, by when? Want to lose weight? OK, how much? Want to sleep more and wake up feeling refreshed? OK, how many hours are you shooting for? Get specific.
I can hear what you're saying right now: "Coach, I set goals every year and by February I'm back to my old self." I hear ya. If you've set goals in the past and have eventually failed to achieve them it's probably because of one of the following reasons:
So again, pick one goal. Today. And be specific.
Now figure out how you're going to accomplish that goal. Do your research, talk to your doctor, reach out to a coach or nutritionist. Take action, today.
What can you change in your day to day living to bring you a little bit closer to your goal?
Make a list.
Master that ONE habit, only then should you move on to the next. Only when you have the right goals and have mastered the right habits can your new you be the best you.
Need help picking just one habit to start with? Here's a list you can choose from.
Still not sure you can do it? Learn how to get everything you want.
Shout It from the Rooftops
You've set your specific goal and you've picked one healthy habit to master from your list. Awesome.
If you're like most of us, you probably have a few years of failed resolutions behind you so it's perfectly normal to want to keep your plans a secret. But don’t. If your family and friends don’t know what your goals are, you won’t have their support in your journey. So whether you want to be more committed to your gym routine, eat better, or be more patient with your kids, don’t keep your resolution for a new you to yourself. Public accountability is a proven strategy when it comes to achieving goals.
Post it on Facebook, tell your best friend, ask a colleague, hire a coach. Find some way to have someone hold you accountable. Because the going WILL GET TOUGH and your support system will help see you though to your goal.
And if you have a day when you still feel like quitting, try these strategies so that you don't give up on yourself.
Have Some Fun
Sometimes, creating a new you can be tiring. After all, you’ve spent a lifetime creating the old you, and your old self will not leave without a fight. I completely get that. It's way easier to be complacent. When your lifestyle changes feel like too much and you’re drooling for ice cream, jonesing for a smoke, or itching for some chips try grabbing a funny movie, go on a hike, hang out with friends—just do something you enjoy.
If You Don't Have a GPS, Get One
Let's go back to the importance of picking a specific goal (because it's that important). Imagine going to another country you’ve never been in before. Now imagine if I handed you a GPS but didn’t give you an address (a goal). You’d probably fail at getting to your destination, wouldn’t you?
Now imagine if I said your destination was a house about 150 miles north. Well, you now have a general idea, but you’ll still never get to your destination and therefore fail.
Get the picture?
Now imagine if I handed you a GPS AND gave you the address of the house you needed to end up at. Once you type your goal destination into the GPS, it will give you VERY specific turn by turn directions AND a very realistic timeline in which you’ll arrive.
Makes sense, right?
Yet, nearly 96% of all people who set weight loss and fitness goals for the new year don’t know how much they want to lose.
And if they can pin point a number they want to lose they still don’t have a “turn by turn” game plan to get there.
Don't be without a plan. Here are some good places to start:
Start by learning the right way to eat without having to rely on counting calories.
Having trouble deciding which habit to start with or how to master them? Then start here.
Or if you're feeling stuck and need help coming up with a plan and want a more personalized approach, call or email today for a free consultation to get you started on an online program that will improve your health and well being, and will get you amazing results.
Here's to a great New Year and thank you for reading!
Coach George here!