It's Never TOO LATE!
Let’s be real about New Year's Resolutions for a minute. The New Year signifies a fresh start but despite our best intentions most of us fail. Don’t worry it’s not just you! It is estimated that ONLY 8% of people actually keep their New Year’s Resolutions and that 80% of resolutions fail as early as February! Pretty discouraging figures right? Perhaps…but there is good news. It’s entirely possible to avoid the never-ending cycle failed resolutions and the disappointment that follows.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common New Years Resolutions:
#1 - I want to lose weight.
#2- I’m going to stick to my nutrition program.
#3- I’m going start to exercising regularly.
These goals may sound good in theory but how would you know when you have achieved them? What would be considered success or failure? What action will take on a daily basis to work towards them? The truth is, most New Years Resolutions FAIL because they are vague, they lack a plan of action and are unrealistic. ALL of which inevitably set you up for failure.
The secret to creating meaningful change in your life is to be thoughtful and planned when developing your goals. This takes a little bit of time and effort but the payoff is huge. The SMART formula is an effective tool for goal-setting that actually increases your chances of success. When developing your resolution(s) make sure that your goals are “SMART” aka they should meet EACH of the following criteria.
They should be:
Specific (clearly defined)
Measurable (how much, how many? How will I know when it is accomplished?)
Achievable (what is a reasonable plan to accomplish this goal?)
Relevant (ensure the goal matters to you and is reasonable)
Time Based (time-limited)
So instead of the generic resolution of “I want to lose weight” your SMART goal might be: I want to lose 15 pounds by April 1st. I will achieve this goal by having my follow-ups with JT every 3 weeks, following my nutrition 80% of time and exercising 3 times per week for 45 minutes. If it were me, I would go one step further and outline my action steps in even greater detail by scheduling my appointments for the next three months, identifying what days I would do meal prep and what days I was going to go to the gym. The more detailed your plan is, the easier it becomes to measure your progress and the quicker you will know when you are getting off track!
My last words of advice that are of the UPMOST importance are do be too hard on yourself! Your health, nutrition and fitness is all a lifelong journey. We all have times where we do well and other times when we let it slide… for whatever the reason may be. What’s important to avoid that All or Nothing thinking at ALL COSTS!!! Just because you had takeout for lunch doesn’t mean you should throw away the rest of the day by eating more junk! Every meal and workout counts!! Forgive yourself, refocus and remember what motivated you in the first place and get back on the horse!! It’s NEVER TOO LATE!