How’s Your New Year’s Resolution Going So Far?
We haven’t even made it through the first half of January and many of us have already done something to sabotage our New Year’s resolution.
So what does this mean?
Lack of Dedication or Poor Structuring
It could show a lack of dedication, or it could be poor structuring. Chances are since we are so early in the year, you’re desire to be healthier or more fit hasn’t fizzled out yet. The problem is that you haven’t structured your days to fit the goals you’ve set for yourself.
Now that we are back into the flow of work, kids are back in school and the monotony of daily living is back upon us, what adjustments did you make to meet your goals?
If you’re still waking up at the same time, going to bed at the same time, still watching the same amount of television, etc., it’s going to be hard to implement new habits. You don’t have time to implement new habits because your 2015 life is starting off just like your 2014 life ended. There is something that is occupying every 24 hour slot throughout the day and you don’t have room to make adjustments.
Switch It Up
We can read every health and fitness article or blog known to man but without some type of action there won’t be any change. In order to create change and implement new strategies we must first make an assessment of what we are currently doing. If being too busy is a hindrance, we have to figure out what can be removed from our lives that’s not adding value or contributing to our goals.
Only a small percentage of people can honestly say they are effectively utilizing every single hour of their day. I read a meme the other day that joked about someone being too busy to workout but they were able to make it to the last level on Candy Crush. That meme pretty much summed up how most people’s lives are.
We seem to find time to do the things that we really want to do but make excuses when things are a little challenging. To combat this we have to ask ourselves, do we really want to do what it takes to reach our goals?
If you do, you have to switch up the routine. Something has to be removed in order to add workout time or extra prep time for cooking healthier meals. We only have 24 hours each day, so concessions have to be made.
It’s going to Be Hard
Being totally honest with you, eating healthy and consistently working out is not easy. If it were there would be way more people walking around with beach bodies. Some people find it easy to workout but struggle with their diet and vice versa.
I’ve heard some people say, they’d rather be fat and happy because the time and energy it takes to have a beach body is too much. I’m not mad at these people because it really is that hard. Next time you go to the gym, pay attention to the most fit people there. They are pushing themselves to the limit. It doesn’t look like the most fun thing in the world…it actually looks excruciating, but once they’re done they seem to walk with a bit more confidence than everyone else.
This tells me that the reward is greater than the pain. So don’t give up on what you want. Yes, it will be hard and there will be days that you will want to quit. Find your inner strength and keep fighting. You may have to remove some luxuries from your life like Candy Crush, but we are all given the same amount of time and there is nothing holding us back but ourselves.
Written by: Gminski Stubbs