On New Year's Resolutions
This is the time of year I get flooded with requests from people who want to get in shape in the New Year. It’s tough for me to know who is really going to show up for training and who is going to constantly cancel training appointments. While many people do end up following through, it’s hard to watch enthusiasm and good intentions from others fade away before February.
These are my 3 top tips for making a healthy lifestyle strategy that sticks:
1. Set an overriding goal or theme for the year
This is the Year of (fill in the blank)
Find one word or one goal that captures what you want to focus on this year. Don’t make it a grocery list of more things to-do rather find the one thing that you want more of in your life and make it your focus. This is how you’ll make bigger decisions. When you have to decide if you will or won’t do something, you can see if it fits into your overriding goal, and choose accordingly.
What this looks like for me:
This is the Year of Sharing
In 2018 I’m going to figure out ways to Share my health and fitness knowledge.
- I’ll set aside time, money, and energy to complete my train the trainer apprenticeship and start teaching trainer and fitness instructor workshops. Timeline Feb 2018
- I’ll create more semi-private groups so I can train more than one person at a time without giving up the attention to details everyone needs. Timeline Jan-2018
- I’ll start sharing my knowledge online-if you’re reading this you know I’m already doing this : )
2. Figure out Food
Meal preparation, calorie awareness, and portion control are the 3 tools you’ll need to master if you really want to lose and keep weight off. You can’t out exercise a bad diet. Keep it simple. Keep it real. Real food, simple recipes, and a little organization are all you really need.
What this looks like to me
I need to do more meal prep. Just like everyone else my healthy food choices goes to hell over Christmas. Or maybe not everyone-Erin and Brian are really good at staying on their meal plans. I’m going to play with some new recipes and might get a small freezer so I can really prep food in bulk. I’ve got 3 men in my home (husband and 2 university sons) so everything gets eaten. My key strategy for success is to plan my meals in advance around how busy I am and when I’ll have time to cook. This means the week between Christmas and New Year will be a great time for me to try new recipes.
Me with the three men in my home!
3. Set a Routine
Everyone’s couch has magical gravitational forces. If you have to count on will power to get up off the coach at the end of the day to go workout, more often than not, your couch will win.
A couch can have the gravational force of a small planet.
What this looks like to me
I use my calendar and schedule my workouts. I follow a workout plan that changes focus every 6-8 weeks. I never have to will myself to go workout. I show up at the time I’m suppose to (with the right equipment) and get whatever workout I have planned done.
If fitness is part of a New Year's Resolution you are making, don't wait until next week to start. Check out the video below and you can get started right away!