We are only halfway through the year so there is still plenty of time to get an action plan under way to smash that New Year resolution.
If you made a New Year resolution to get on top of your health and wellness, you are either on target, halfway to your 12-month goal or perhaps that resolution fell to the wayside and you are a non-starter?
The start up can be daunting. What to do, how long for, finding a gym, a class, an instructor, a PT, an app you like, a workout buddy – the list goes on. Having worked in the fitness arena for, well, for-ever, I am familiar with all the reasons or excuses not to get going. But I am here to call you on your excuses and help you make a plan or revise the current one to get you on track.
I would like to suggest the phrase “self-mastery” to you. The idea that your current health – fitness – lifestyle choices are to be pinned on an excuse or another person/s is one we need to jump over straight up. Self-mastery takes bravery – identifying your true core values, working out a realistic goal and a stretch goal, considering the reasons to achieve it and importantly what will or can happen if you don’t achieve it.
Take a good look in the mirror. Look yourself in the eye. Make a declaration of your plan and get going. The right advice and tips are the ones that resonate with you from reliable sources – the ones that “click” and make sense. The right nutritional and exercise plan is the one that interests you, that fits with your lifestyle, that makes sense and most importantly – that you will do.
And then there is a timeline. Consistency is key. Weeks may pass without the desired results manifesting for you – however keep on keeping on. With your plan in place and a commitment to be consistent in your actions, you can’t help but have small successes that lead into greater ones!
To me, the most important focus is on the why. Why are you improving your health and fitness? Why is this important to you and what benefits will you reap for achieving your goals? As parents, we have such an important role to play in the now and the future of our children’s ability to set goals, be consistent, achieve them in time, teach them the importance of health and nutrition and to be making conscious choices about their own goals and health.
If it’s accountability you seek, then check out the My Fitness Pal App – I love this one for measuring food intake and energy output too. Do some browsing in the App Store for one that resonates with you. Educate yourself. Make the best decision for you. Practice consistency and self-mastery and leave the excuses at the door. It’s a new month – let’s kick some 2018 goals!