Getting Back on Track in the new Year!
Resolutions have been made, and now the task is yours to get done what you've planned. Learning something new, making new friends, calling mom more often, getting in shape - no matter what you've set your sights on, remember everything is 100% achievable.
Something important to remember is that old saying "Every day is a new day, with no mistakes in it". This means that even if you have to start over and over a few times, just because you perhaps havent even started or have already "messed-up", you can just start again fresh RIGHT NOW. No one will judge you for actually kicking off the resolution a few days (or weeks) late!
But no matter who you are, EVERYONE needs a little leg-up when it comes to conquering difficult/daunting tasks. Here are a few helpful ideas for getting yourself back on track, and sticking to your resolutions in the New Year:
Write down your goals – be specific
Writing it down, wherever you choose to do so, adds a bit of finality and power to it. Not only that, you can keep track or your progress over time.
Get inspired – why do you want this?
Why, specifically, do you want to become more flexible, stronger, healthier, leaner, etc? If you have particular reason, you’ll be more likely to stick with it!
Make it something you actually enjoy doing
You’ll never be able to stick to something that you dread and that you despise from the minute you start it to the second you’re done. If you choose something that you have been wanting to do, used to love, or are inspired by, you’ll look forward to it every day – and might even be motivated to do it more often!
For example: You want to become more fit – well, don’t choose to start running if you’ve hated it since coach forced you to run laps in track & field. There are many different options: biking, swimming, dance class… you get the picture.
Focus on you for awhile
This doesn’t mean turning into a self-centered egoist, but just setting aside “me-time” to do your thing (yoga, exercising, meditation) and feeling good about caring for yourself. The better you feel about yourself, the better you’ll feel about your relationships, your partner, your kids and visa versa!
Get the gear
It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive, but it’s a lot more fun, comfortable and safe to exercise with the proper equipment. Yoga pants, good shoes, a helmet, working ear-buds - whatever you need, if you’ve got the gear, you’ll be motivated and feel good doing it!
Work from easy to hard. Build up your confidence
You feel better about starting harder things if you’ve been successful in the past.
Deciding on a 6hr hike your 1st time out and feeling awful will hardly motivate you to go again. If you instead start with a 30min walk, feel great, and then build slowly to that long hike, you'll stay upbeat about the journey.
Starting hard may be overstretching it at the beginning - you don't want to hurt yourself by jumping in the deep end before you learn the basics
Do it with friends/in a team
Not only is it more fun to be in a group, like-minded people will not only support you, but are like-minded about what you’re trying to accomplish – you may be able to share tips!
Sign up for lessons or an event.
There’s way more enticement to learning how to dance if there’s a performance or competition to show off at in the end!
Trainers and coaches are there for a reason. Top athletes aren’t embarrassed to use them/ask for help – don’t you be!
Don’t be hard on yourself if you have a setback
Chocolate cake on your daughter’s birthday doesn’t mean you’re back to square one. It just means you enjoyed a piece of chocolate cake. That’s allowed. The same holds true if you miss a class or day of running. Just get back to it next day/week, or as soon as you can.
Finally, reward yourself along the way.
When you pass milestones, celebrate so you feel good about yourself, to make it memorable, and to inspire you to keep going. New shoes/gear is a nice and useful treat, or perhaps a visit to a spa for a much needed massage after those hours at the gym.
Telling someone about your successes is also a great way to share your accomplishments and receive well-deserved praise, which will further motivate you to keep going.
Send me your goals and resolutions, as well as your stories of success!
I’d love to hear how you’re doing!
Let 2015 be your year to say “I did it”!
Dr Katarine Holewa, ND