Every year it is the same song and dance! I am going to eat better, I am going to exercise more, I am going to lose this 20 pounds (remember it was only 15 last year). We go out and get a gym membership, we get a new pair of running shoes or cross trainers, we go to the grocery store and we stock up on healthy foods. Everything is running GREAT!!! You start to lose weight, you feel better, you look better! But then something happens and before you know it, you are eating junk food again and you can’t even find your gym membership card.
Why? Why does this happen? The common word that is used this time of year is ‘resolution’ I am going to make a new years resolution. The problem with a resolution is that most of them don’t come with any plans and without a plan, your resolution is destined for failure.
My recommendation is to have a goal. Goal setting is a great way to accomplish what you set out to accomplish. Think BIG….think HUGE…and then write it down. Now, once you have the big goal set in stone, we then create little mini goals to help us get there. It is like climbing a staircase. You cannot jump from the bottom of the stairs to the top. Just won’t happen. So we take the steps one at at time ensuring we get there.
Lose 30 pounds by next Christmas. This is your big goal. Long term. Now there is not way you can achieve this in 2 weeks. So we develop steps.
Short Term goal #1 – Eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day and stick with it.
Short Term goal #2 – For the first month, exercise 15 to 30 minutes per day and increase by 5 or so minutes every month or whatever is comfortable.
Short Term goal #3 – Exercise for the required minutes at least 3 times per week then gradually increase to 5.
Short Term goal #4 – This one is a variable. Set marks on the calendar for what you want to be at for your weight by certain times. I would recommend that you don’t set any short term weight loss goals for the first 90 days. Maybe make April 1st your first target. Be down 10 pounds.
My point in this is that you need to create lasting steps that will help you get to where you want to be.
Other things to think about. Find a walking or a running group or club that meets every week. Join them. Trust me, even if you don’t know anyone when you start, you will! Runners and walkers will welcome you with open arms. Look at spending some $$ and registering for some athletic events. Nothing pushes us harder than when we have something to work towards. Whether that means you want to walk or run a 5K, a 10K or a marathon…find something and circle the date. Most little running or walking events in your local communities are relatively inexpensive and as a bonus, a lot of the cost of registration goes to charities in the community.
If you want to think bigger, look at challenging yourself more. Look at completing and obstacle event. Hard Charge is a great new company that is going to be running multiple events throughout the country starting in 2013. These events are going to appeal to everyone. You can go out there and do it for fun, or you can let your competitive juices fire up and compete.
In the end, I don’t care what your goals are because they are yours. My goal is to help you get to where you want to be! Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Focus, prioritize and challenge yourself. I know you can do this!