Got your New Year’s resolutions yet? Nope. Thought so. Neither have I.
Don’t worry there is still a little bit of time.
Truth is I despise New Year’s resolutions. I’ve never made them. Never will. As you can imagine I believe in changing something immediately and not waiting around until a new year begins so that everything feels like a fresh start.
Sort of feels like procrastination in a way.
But, if you are the type that likes New Year’s resolutions I’m not going to rain on your parade. I’ll just ask you to read this Little Rock personal trainer blog post for four ways to help you stick to your resolutions for a happier, healthier, and leaner lifestyle in 2013.
1. If It Isn’t In Writing then you’re Just Dreaming
Have you ever heard that goals are just dreams until you put them down on paper and have a deadline for achievement? It’s so true.
When you actually take time to write out your goals (long and short term) and tag them with a deadline then you make them personal. Then those goals become something you are actively chasing and working towards.
Without that piece of paper staring back at you everyday and you not wanting to disappoint yourself (and maybe others who support you) then it’s easy to keep those “dreams” pent up in your mind where they can be disposed of at any moment.
You can dispose of that piece of paper too, but it’s going to hurt to crumple it up and throw it away.
Go ahead. Try it sometime. You’ll feel terrible.
By the way, take that “personal” thing one step further and sign your name to the bottom of that goal sheet. Now it’s personal!
2. Get to Bed Earlier and Wake Up Earlier
I can’t say enough about sleep and how it may be the one ingredient that people just don’t do well enough with that is holding them back from getting way better fat loss results.
I’ve personally witnessed clients who did everything great (nutrition, strength training, and cardio) and because they couldn’t get enough restful sleep they were only able to get rid of about 50% of the fat pounds they wanted to burn.
They were puzzled as to what was holding them back and wondering if they need to cut back on carbs or do more cardio. Nope.
If they had just gotten more consistent sleep they would have watched the rest of those pounds melt off without changing anything else. Seriously.
Make a commitment to yourself to get to bed at the same time every night, don’t watch television in bed, and wake up the same time every day.
Hey, while you’re up early…head down to the gym and knock out your cardio for the day. It will make you feel awesome to get in a sweat that early in the day and you’ll get more done at work. Again, seriously.
3. Build Your Fitness and Fat Loss Plan Around Small, Attainable Goals
The number one mistake that people who start a fat loss program commit is looking for the finish line before crossing the starting line.
You may need to drop 20, 30, 40 or more pounds, but you can’t get there by sprinting to it. Long term fat loss is a marathon that you have to be willing to run one mile at a time. Or in this case one pound at a time.
Prevent getting frustrated and burned out about constantly thinking about the total pounds you want to lose and instead think about markers along the way that tell you things are working well and headed in the right direction.
A small, attainable, and realistic goal for is to drop 1 to 2 pounds per week and 5 to 8 pounds per month.
Those small chunks will add up quickly and you’ll be way closer to the finish line and enjoying your fitness journey more too.
4. Recruit Others to Join You
We all need help to reach our goals. Whether those goals are financial, fitness, etc.
So why not ask people you know well who are aiming to improve their health and fitness to help keep you accountable to your goals and, in turn, you will help keep them accountable to theirs.
Simple things like…
– Going to lunch with a friend/co-worker who is eating healthy just like you are.
– Meeting up with a friend/co-worker after work to do 30-45 minutes of cardio.
– Using the honestly policy…the person who doesn’t show up for a workout or didn’t eat
all that healthy that week/day has to do 50 push ups/lunges/etc.
Those are just a few ways to help you have more support along the way and help someone else live a much healthier lifestyle too.
As always I’m here to help. More tips and strategies are coming soon. Let’s all make 2013 a memorable year and surpass our goals!