Hi there and Happy New Year!
This year, as every year before, we set New Year’s resolutions. Do you? Most likely, yes.
The thing about new year’s resolutions is that we almost never follow through. Everything seems possible on the 1st of January, but as time goes by and excitement disappears, our goals that seemed so great only a few weeks ago don’t seem as important. There is just so much more stuff that is way more important than losing those pounds/getting ready for a half-marathon/insert-your-goal-here. Or so we tell ourselves.
There are different opinions on New Year’s resolutions. Even though a lot of people are against them, I am very supportive of these resolutions. It doesn’t mean that I have always achieved mine, but when I made RIGHT resolutions, I did achieve them.
YOU CAN ACHIEVE YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION.
I want to share a few secrets on how to make your resolutions work this time and feel that amazing feeling of accomplishment.
- Create an attainable goal. Can you train for a half-marathon in 3 months? Yes. But realistically, with your work schedule, kids, errands, housework, laundry, etc. can you REALLY do strength training 3 times a week( because strength training is a MUST if you train for a race) and do 3-4 cardio sessions on top of the strength training? No, you will just burn yourself out. So make sure you give yourself enough time to reach your goal and break your big goal into a few small ones.
Big goal – train for a half-marathon in 6 months
Small goals – run a 5 K in one month, run a 10 K in 3 months, run a 15 K in 4.5 months
- Have a good detailed plan. I am going to use the same example. If your New Year’s resolution is to run a race (any – big or small), you need a good plan that you can follow. You don’t want to hurt yourself or to hate what you’re doing. You won’t believe how many people I met who absolutely HATED running because they weren’t following a good plan. Your training plan should include strength training 2-3 times per week, 2-3 short distance runs, 1 longer run. It also needs to have a good nutritional part as your body will be using more calories (which doesn’t mean you have a free pass to eat junk). Nutrition needs to be a VERY important part of your training routine. You can find plans like that online, or you can talk to a personal trainer who is also a dietitian/nutritionist to get help with a customized plan.
- DO share with people. Share with friends on Facebook and tell your family. First of all, you will receive a lot of support, and second, it will help you feel more responsible and stick to your goals. Find a friend with a similar goal and check in with them on a regular basis. Become a part of a community that supports your goal. If you want to lose weight – join a small gym (more support at small local places). If you want to train for a race – join a local running club. The chance is there will be experienced runners who can help you with advice on training.
New Year’s Resolutions are absolutely possible to achieve. You just need to make sure they are achievable and you have all the tools to turn them into reality.
It was once my New Year’s resolution to lose 50 pounds in 2012. With a good plan and good community support I killed that goal and lost 63 pounds that year. You can too. Reach out to me if you need help.
Founder of SlimGym Weight Loss Transformation Studio