It’s that time of year again!
The gyms are full, people are starting new diets, and almost everyone is ready to make a change in their health.
Unfortunately most of this enthusiasm and momentum fizzles out by February. I don’t want this to be you, so today I will be sharing three oversights that can derail your resolutions. I have been working on a solution for setting yourself up for success and making those health resolutions last in 2017 (click here for more information).
Is it really a stretch of the imagination that we might get carried away with unrealistic expectations? We are flooded with images from television commercials to magazine covers of what a “healthy” body is supposed to look like.
You will always fall short when you are trying to fit into someone else’s mold.
We need to recognize that we are created uniquely and to stop trying to look or be like ____________ (you fill in the blank). So when you are trying to set goals, get comfortable with the idea that you were uniquely created and there isn’t a mold that you should try and fit into. Your goal should be a healthier lifestyle and becoming your best you. Weight loss can be a positive side effect of living a healthier lifestyle, but shouldn’t be our main goal.
Failure to Count the Cost
There is a lot that goes into making lifestyle changes. We are creatures of habit and most of us like routine. When we shake up our routines, there will be resistance. Deciding to make a change on January 1st is a great step, but making a lasting change will take counting the cost in your life.
Some people drop their New Year’s resolutions when they try to do too much, too quick. Eating healthier foods and waking up early to hit the gym are great things to do, but when this hasn’t been a part of your life it can be a dramatic change. If you want these changes to last, you might want to consider pacing yourself and taking small steps.
Consider setting short-term goals that can build toward the larger ones. Instead of jumping into a crazy six day a week exercise program, start with a moderate three. You get the idea. You will be the one that needs to decide what this looks like as you know yourself best. It might be a good idea to ask some of the people closest to you like a spouse or friend. However, don’t use this as an excuse to put off change, see these as stepping stones toward your long-term goals. Remember like anything, you cannot expect to make drastic changes and see results overnight.
Not Starting With Why
Why you are doing something is just as important as what you are doing.
If one of your goals is to lose weight, ask yourself why… And then ask yourself why again… and again. It might sound silly, but if you don’t get connected with a big picture vision for why you are making a change, times will get tough and you will quit. Bottom line.
Spend some time getting connected to your why. Why do you want to lose weight? If you want to get to a healthy weight so that you will have energy to play with your kids and be around to see them grow up, that is a better why then trying to fit into a certain size pair of jeans to impress someone you don’t even know.
Setting Up For Success
Sometimes what we don’t know can hurt us. My goal in starting the Journey to Health blog was to inform people and inspire them to take ownership of their bodies. Setting yourself up for success in your health is about being proactive rather than reactive. Not waiting until a health issue causes you to make a change. Let’s make the change now!
Sometimes that means getting some tools and education to equip us for success.
If you are interested in working towards making those healthy lifestyle choices last through 2017 and beyond, I would like to offer you the opportunity to join me on a mini-course that I have created, Your Best You 2017. The course explores why there is not a one-size-fits-all program when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. I talk about listening to your body and finding YOUR healthier lifestyle that will work for you longterm.
Where will you be this time next year? I hope that 2017 will be a year where you stick to those resolutions.
Thanks for reading this article and remember that every journey begins with a single step… Take one today.
~ Kelly ~