New Year’s Resolution? What New Year’s Resolution?

Three weeks gone already in 2012 and it’s been a busy year already….two rounds of the flu for my youngest son, a week of volunteering at school that I thought they might have forgotten about, a roof leak in the kitchen that brought contractors to the house for 4 days, and the new puppy – well, c’mon, he’s a new puppy…..need I say more? It’s not my fault that I don’t have a killer bod by now – after those first few days, there wasn’t any time for me to work out. I’ll just put that resolution back on my list for next year…..once again.

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Sound familiar? Let’s commit to changing the cycle once-and-for-all. How, you ask? 

First and foremost, we have to make goals that last all year long – not just New Years Resolutions. But, okay, if you did make your standard resolution again this year, you can’t give up when things get in the way after three weeks!

You’re completely missing the point. If we want a figure we’ll love all year, we have to make goals that last all year. It’s really that simple. Here are a few rules to remember to keep  on track:

1. Don’t get distracted by your busy schedule. Life is all about scheduling, so why would you think workouts would be any different? You have to make workouts an integrate part of your schedule so you can stay on track and not make excuses for time constraints. Sure, things are going to get in the way sometimes, but you have to work around them – especially in the beginning – and commit to sticking with your work-out.  If you’ve got to volunteer at school all week, wake up an hour earlier so you can work out before you go.  It’s just for a week, and you’ll be extremely happy you did. (It might not feel like it at 5am, but…. 🙂 ) The sooner you set yourself up with a regular routine, the sooner you’ll be committed to that routine and the less likely you’ll be to give it up.

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2. (With that being said…..)Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a workout – life happens! Just remember to skip dessert that night and workout a little longer the following day. Let’s face it – there will be those days.  The thing you need to make sure is that you don’t turn the next day into another no-workout day, and the next, and the next…. You need to hop right back on the horse, (i think that’s what they say), or for our purposes, the treadmill!

3. Listen to your body. If you’re sick – rest. If you have a true injury – go see a doctor. But if you’re sore, stop being a wimp and push through it! Our bodies are strong machines and we let ourselves off the hook too easily sometimes. Enough said.

4. Stay consistent. Kind of the same with scheduling in workouts – but this one really speaks to those who tend to workout hard for the first 6 months of the year ( or maybe the first 3 days! ), and then take the rest of the year off! Consistency is key for a physically fit physique.

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5. Team up. If your friend wants to lose weight or start getting more active, hit the gym together after work. Hold each other accountable by sending motivating daily emails checking in on what they did that day for their workout. If you’re held accountable, most likely you won’t want to let the other person down – or it will motivate you to step it up!

Let’s face it – we all have high expectations when we start to workout. We want to see results today – not 3 months from now. As we all know (tried and true) these workout goals don’t motivate us to be healthier overall, but instead motivate us for immediate killer figures! The problem? These goals eventually fade with frustrations of wanting instant results, and we surrender back to our normal inconsistent habits.

*Remember: think long-term. Make goals for the year, not just for the season! If you do, I have a feeling your New Years Resolution for 2013 will be to take as many exotic beach vacations as possible, showing off your healthy, killer bod.

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