A good many of us are starting the New Year with the best of intentions but there is that little nagging doubt in the back of our heads going, “Am I going to make it?”
Here’s a few tips to help you stick to your New Year’s Resolutions
1)Be Prepared For Obstacles So You Can Pass Them
Most people give up their New Year’s resolution at the first hint of difficulty and part of the problem is they didn’t brace themselves for the challenge. This will be difficult. Not so much the workouts (hopefully they are intense) but the head games you play with yourself.
You are changing habits and that is difficult no matter how small the change. You will make excuses to miss workouts, you will have cravings as you try to make smarter food choices, and you will start to doubt your ability to transform.
Know that this is just your natural resistance to change. Your mind rationalizes with you trying to resist change. Don’t fall for any of it. Don’t listen to that little voice in your head telling you to stop. Keep moving forward.
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2)Slow And Steady Wins The Race
Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare? Slow and steady won the race. Sure there may be people you start working out with that make faster progress than you initially but that doesn’t matter. This is YOUR journey. Progress whether slow or fast, is still progress.
Anyone who has been working out for any length of time will tell you that fast progress comes in spurts and then peters out only to come back again later. Don’t worry. It will happen for you. Just keep going.
This dovetails with the first point. Yes it won’t be easy, now just refuse to stop moving forward.
Be unreasonable with your commitment to workout. There should be no reason to miss a workout. There are likely other things in your life where you are unreasonable. It could be your dedication to your job or school. It could be your dedication to your family. Heck, it could be your dedication to your favourite TV show!
There are certainly things in your life that you refuse to make excuses to miss. Let your workouts be one of them.
Remember this, there are many people not as smart as you or as capable as you who are really fit. The only difference is they refused to stop.
4) Consistency Is King
Part of the challenge is never missing your workout and eating well most of the time. Working out 5 days one week and no days the next week is the surest way to have no results and a lot of frustration. If you truly cannot make it to the gym you can always workout from home.
Plan ahead and have a contingency plan if you can’t make your regular workout.
5) Be Willing To Make Adjustments
It’s unusual to get the perfect fitness formula coming right out of the gate. So be willing to adjust your fitness routine and your nutrition plan as you move forward. That’s not to say a complete overhaul of your plan. Make adjustments and find what works and what doesn’t work for you…especially with nutrition.
Don’t start a drastic diet either, rather find healthy alternatives to your favorite cheat foods to start. You can find great recipes for healthy desserts if you have a sweet tooth and there are plenty of great recipes of savoury foods too. You just have to look.
Then continue to make adjustments until you see the results you want.
Success comes from firstly having a plan and secondly from making adjustments to that plan until you reach your goal. It’s that simple. You just have to keep at it and it will mostly certainly happen for you.
You can do it. Just keep moving forward.