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Are you dreading the upcoming month? You know you need to get your butt back in shape but you also know it can be so difficult to stay motivated once you start and you definitely don’t want to fail this year.
So many people are making new year's resolutions but within weeks they are back to their old habits. All of a sudden all those treadmills you had to wait in line for the first week of January are empty again. What happened? Why do people fail to stay motivated?
Do you want something different for yourself this year? Then, DO something different! I’ve got a few guidelines for you that will really help you achieve your goals.
When we manifest energy, the universe conspires with us to make it happen. You cannot dream big enough. Visualize what you want to look like, feel like or what pace 10k you want to run and write it down in your journal.
You can even pin a photo of your ideal body, a specific yoga pose you want to get into or what your running stride looks like up on your bathroom mirror or on your computer screen. Just place it somewhere where you can look at it every day for motivation.
Make A Promise To Yourself
I have been getting in this habit lately of eating snacks very late at night. When I do so, my sleep suffers, I wake up a little groggier in the morning and my belly feels bloated. I want to break this habit. This may mean I have to eat more nutritionally dense food during the day.
So my promise to myself is that when I wake up, I will make myself eat within 2 hours and not wait until 11am! Another promise to myself is that I will make time for a proper lunch rather than eating on the go. I know that when I get adequate food in during the day with all of the phyonutrients my body needs, I will not crave snacks late at night.
Be Specific With Your Promise
Your “plan” may be to eat healthier this year. But what does that really mean? Are you going to cut processed food out of your diet? Stop eating after 7pm like me? Add more greens to your plate? Resolve to bring your own lunches to work each day?
You’ve got to be specific. You may have the best intentions but if you are not providing yourself with a road map, you’ll have no way to measure your progress
Set A Consequence For Yourself If You Don’t Live Up To Your Promise
One of the things I have been doing for myself lately is setting a consequence for myself if I don’t live up to my promise. For instance, I love watch certain shows on TV like Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice.
I record them every week on my DVR. I have decided that as a consequence to me eating late at night, I am going to delete my shows so I cannot watch them! Agh! I don’t want that to happen! So you know what? You can be darn sure I am going to finished eating for the day by 7pm!
Remember that in order to achieve your goals, you must have a plan of action and if that plan has not worked in the past, change your plan. Do some something different. For example, if your plan last year was to lose a few pounds and you took up running to get there but hated running, change your plan. Go to a spin class. Get in the pool. Assess your diet – the foods that you’re eating, how your food is prepared, what you are doing while you are eating and the time of day you sit down to eat. With a different plan you may have different results.
Remember, this is your life and you get to design it! You are the author and you get the write the story exactly how you’d like it to be laid out.
Are you going to write a story you love this year?