Tuesday, April 5, 2016
The new year is well under way and no longer really a "new" year! However, after several months stuck in snow and ice, several of you may be reading this and thinking that you had goals at the start of the year, like you do every year, and, again, you haven't reached them ... or even made a dent in them. As you thaw from the winter, frustrated with your lack of willpower and/or determination, I challenge you to NOT beat yourself up!
Firstly, as cliche as it sounds, life isn't a race. It's ok to take your time and you're going to have ups and downs. The sooner you accept that and move on vs remaining stuck in the mire that is frustration with oneself, the better you'll be! A few ideas:
1. Choose a goal !This can be small or BIG. Some ideas: walk for 10 min a day; complete a 5K; do an Ironman. See what I did there?! I went from small to VERY BIG. No goal is wrong! It's your goal! However, a goal is super helpful because, without it, it's hard to know how to create a plan.
2. um ... Create a Plan of Action! Speaking of a plan, here it is! So, now you have a goal. Back that goal up into small do-able parts. Talk to someone who can help you get organized if need it. I'm happy to chat with you. That's what I do! Maybe a friend or family member can talk through a plan with you. Whatever you need .. but, sit down with pen and paper and WRITE IT DOWN. Maybe you use a planner or calendar and chart your steps to meet your goal.
3. Follow the plan! You've got the goal and created the plan ... Now, it's time to execute the plan. This is where it's helpful to have broken down your plan into small do-able goals each and every day/week/month. Get an accountability partner to either exercise with you OR to just check in with you regularly and ask you how things are going. It's amazing what you'll accomplish just knowing that someone is going to ask you about it!
4. Reach your goal! CELEBRATE! Let's say you complete that 5K, half marathon, Ironman, metric century bike ride ... whatever it is ... CELEBRATE! You did it! Look back over the months leading up to the goal. Take time to appreciate what you've accomplished! Yes, you may have had help, but, at the end of the day, YOU were the one who did it! woo hoo!
5. What's next?! Now what? Now that exercise is (hopefully) part of your everyday life, what's next? Maybe you decide to try some new fitness classes; hire a trainer; try a new sport. Whatever it is, I challenge you to keep exercising. Keep that momentum moving forward! At this point, your physical and mental health have greatly improved. Don't stop now!