Can you believe that Christmas is already over with? If you’re like me, you probably didn’t even get to register it until the day of because you were running full speed in many directions trying to keep all of your proverbial plates spinning at the same time.
What I most enjoyed about this year was that my son was finally old enough to tear off the wrapping paper! He had a blast! I laughed in surprise when he picked up every scrap and tissue paper and promptly cleaned up by stuffing each piece in empty boxes. He just turned 18 months old, and he’s already tidy — what a win-win for both of us.
Now that the New Year is here, and you’ve rattled off your New Year’s resolutions. Have you put any thought into how you’re going to make them stick? If you have the same resolution (or goal if you don’t like to admit that you make resolutions) year after year, something’s got to give in order to make a change.
Break it up: If you have 10 different resolutions, try sticking to one for one month. If you successfully do this, add a second resolution the next month in conjunction with your first one and continue to do this until you feel satisfied.
Plan for it: Don’t just say, “I’m going to lose 20 pounds” or “I’m going to exercise more.” Be specific and devise a plan that will help you to commit to this new lifestyle. For instance, if you want to lose 20 pounds, you can start by planning your meals, shopping and preparing your food in healthy portions ahead of time. Then, shop around for either a personal trainer (if you need the expertise) or sign up for some fitness classes to get you started. Decide that you will lose one to two pounds per week and reward yourself with a non-food treat, like a massage or new outfit when you reach your goal.
Enlist a partner: Find someone whom you trust to keep you accountable. You want someone who is on your side and will motivate you, not let you slack and yet not be a drill sergeant either.
Have a Plan B: When your boss has you work late and you are forced to order takeout, or you oversleep and miss your workout, it can be tempting to throw in the towel, but don’t do it. Accept that there are going to be snags and unexpected curve balls, so plan for it ahead of time. Cook extra on the weekend to have in the freezer for those late nights. Have your crock pot already cooking for you by the time you get home, or have a go-to healthy menu option of protein and veggies if you must order in. Schedule in a couple of “rest” days per week and use one for those times when a workout just didn’t happen to keep you on track.
What also helps is keeping your list where you can see it and be reminded of your goals when you are tempted to give in and give up. Pencil in workouts like appointments on your calendar to make them more non-negotiable. You can do this!
I’d love to hear any thoughts or suggestions you have at making your goals whether they are resolutions or not — stick. Email me anytime; I’m always listening.
Crystal Manjarres is the owner of One-On-One Fitness, a private personal training and Pilates studio for men and women on Marco Island. She is a Certified Personal Trainer, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist and Stott Pilates certified instructor. Her focus is “empowering men and women of all shapes and sizes”. To send in a question, email Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com. She can also be reached at www.101FIT.com or www.PinkIslandFitness.com and 239-333-5771.