If every year you make a resolution that you never fulfill, I challenge you to skip the resolution this year. Yes, that’s right – no New Year’s Resolution! Skip the “I’m going to lose ten pounds”, “I’m going to give up ice cream”, “I’m going to run everyday!” While these resolutions may sound positive, they are hardly ever met. Instead of a resolution, make something that actually works, a plan!
A plan brings your goal to life! Here’s how it works. Your plan should include small steps to get you to where you want to be by the end of January. Once you’ve hit your target, continue to carry it out the rest of the year. Once it becomes a habit, add a new goal to your plan to progress even further. Notice how I used “add” because you will be fulfilling your original goal the whole way through. There are no substitutions in this plan. If you find it hard to reach your goal, scale it down a bit to make it easier to attain before striving for anything else.
Losing 10 lbs in a year is possible! Losing 10 lbs in a month, however, is not likely, nor is it healthy for an average person. If this is your goal, make a nutrition and exercise plan that will help you lose 1 lb a month. By the end of October, you should have reached your goal and you can work on maintaining your weight or lose more, if needed!
Giving up ice cream is apart of a physique athlete’s competition prep, but their clean diet isn’t sustainable year-round. Sure, some people don’t eat ice cream at all, but if you’re used to eating ice cream more than once or twice a week, quitting cold turkey may just leave you making a late night run to Cold Stone when your family is tucked in bed. Instead of giving up something you enjoy, enjoy a smaller amount on occasion. If you did well the first month, next month you may choose to eat even less ice cream. How far you take it is up to you!
If you are not already a runner, telling yourself that you are going to run everyday is setting yourself up for a big let down! Try starting your running regimen with a couple of short runs a week. Set the day and time. Maybe it’s convenient in the morning before work, or after you make dinner. Either way, don’t wait until you feel like running to run. Schedule it. As the runs feel easier, gradually lengthen them. (Key word: gradually). Lastly, begin to add more days of running to your schedule and you’ll be running more frequently than you’ve ever ran before!
Remember you have the whole year! Be realistic and be patient. Got it? Good! Now get to it and make the new year truly happy!
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