Everyone loves a fresh start. New Year’s Day always gives us that in-with-the-good-air/out-with-the-bad air rejuvenated feeling. You announce to your friends that “I’m going to change this! I’m going to change that!” with conviction.
Are these announced commitments a long term promise or a short term fib? Be truthful. You can tell me.
95% of resolutions made each January 1st evolve around making more money, working out or losing weight through (I dislike the word “dieting” so we’ll call it…) lifestyle changes.
I saw a cartoon the other day of someone doing weighted squats with the caption, “I’m opening a gym called “Resolutions”. It will have exercise equipment for the first 2 weeks and then turn into a bar for the rest of the year.”
Funny, but true! Once back in the same ole rut n routine after the holidays, a lot of people tend to lose their motivation and what initially drove them to their desired commitment to change. Here’s some things you can do to keep yourself motivated and keep that promise you made! After all, you are worth it!
- Whatever you do, DO IT FOR YOU! Did you hear me? Y-O-U. YOU!
- It’s not enough to say what you are going to do…Write it down and post it where you will see YOUR words every day!
- Cut out pictures of what motivates you and post them where you will see them every day. Your aspirations. Your new year’s goal. A few achievements to consider for example:
- Your vacation dream spot
- A car you want
- A boat / jet ski / kayak / SUP Board
- A college to where you want to take classes
- A home you wish to own
- Relaxing beach or mountain scene depicting more “me” time
- A picture of a physique you want to acquire through exercise and lifestyle changes
- Eco-Earth-friendly changes like recycling, less water usage, eco-awareness
- Don’t forget a HAPPY picture of you because that’s truly what you want!
- Let’s start with Eco-Earth-Friendly changes. What does this mean? Ah-hem, sorry, had to clear my throat. Well, you ARE on our website which means that you want to not only start with a better YOU, but a better EARTH, too! How about making a simple switch to a WooBamboo toothbrush for starters! Every three months you are told to change out your toothbrush. I’m certain that the one you own now is made of plastic, top to bottom. That toothbrush, once thrown out, will never leave the earth. Your WooBamboo bamboo toothbrush will biodegrade back into the earth, even if you don’t personally compost it! A landfill’s mound of heated trash will biodegrade that toothbrush probably before your next WooBamboo toothbrush is ready for replacing. THAT’s eco-friendly! How about taking faster showers? Unless you’re covered in tar, there’s really no need to just stand there in running water. Turn off the shower while you shampoo, then turn it back on to rinse. Turn off the water while you lather up your body, then turn it back on to rinse. You will save hundreds of gallons of water each shower you take! RECYCLE! All you have to do is separate your trash and throw it into a designated bin. It can’t get much easier than that!
- If your goal is to lose weight, do it gradually at 1-2 lbs. per week through food portioning, first. Don’t change the way you eat, yet. Start with the amount you eat; smaller meal portions on your plate. Drink water all day…just keep a full tumbler near you at all times. (maybe we’ll get to more on weight loss achievement in an upcoming article!). if you do too much too soon, you will despise what you are doing instead of enjoying that what you are doing is beginning to work. You can change your food choices later. It’s a new year and weight loss is on your resolution list! Promise? Fib?
- If your goal is to start working out, then do it! What are you waiting for? You don’t need a gym! Do you have a sidewalk or a street outside? Go for a walk…a brisk walk at 3-4mph and start at a pace you are comfortable with if you’ve never exercised before, like 10, 15, 20 minutes each day (That’s 1 mile!). Do this Monday thru Friday and take the weekends off. The next week, add more time. Eventually, you will get to milestones you want to walk to before turning around and before you know it, you’ll have walked several miles! Not the walking kind? Bikes and rollerblades (skates) are fun and work lots of muscles, too! Start with the same timeframe as stated above. Remember that kayak or SUP Board on your list? Great exercise! Buy some light hand weights (3 or 4 lbs) and do several repetitions of bicep curls, chest presses, tricep extensions, etc. You’ll be surprised how heavy those weights will become as you add more reps! There are SO many excellent exercise DVDs out there as well as exercise channels and programs. If you just want to stay in and do an aerobic-type workout, all you need is about an arms wingspan of space! SO much to cover, but this will get you started!
- Some people are motivated by timelines. Set realistic goals for yourself for whatever you really want to achieve by date! Get out one of the four calendars you got for Christmas and make this your Goal Calendar. Circle dates! Strive! Achieve!
Be a promise keeper! Own those bragging rights! You can do it! I know you can!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!