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We are almost two months into the New Year, and if any of you are like me you have either started to cheat or thought about cutting corners here and there, on your New Years goals/resolutions.
My suggestion is DON'T!
It is really not worth it. That bite of chocolate, pasta, cheese; skipping the gym that one time; not completing that task you set out; none of these cheats are worth it. And I can say this with 100% truth and knowledge, because I have to admit. I cheated...shh
I could not resist the chocolate desert when I was out to dinner with friends and I ended up not only eating it but eating way too much!
The next day I felt terrible. Mentally, I was annoyed with myself for breaking down. And physically I felt sick. My body is not used to sugar right now and it was a shock to my system. I had a headache, felt extra tired and was plain miserable.
I have decided that for me the best approach is to remind myself every morning what my end goal is and why I am doing all these little things to reach it. You should do the same. Write down your goal and set the small step into action. Look at your goal every morning so you know what it is you are working towards. The motivation you have will help you get started, turn it into habit and it will keep you going with out even having to think.
I am by far my hardest critic, possibly one of the hardest critics around. I try to remind myself that I feel great when I am making progress. Try not to beat yourself up. Just get back on track as soon as possible. If it's really something you want, the Pros will most certainly outweigh the Cons.
Stay Positive! Stay Strong!
How to get to the gym? Everyone has very busy schedules with work, family, social life etc. and finding your way to the gym can seem like a chore. For me it is a part of my routine and the one part of my day I genuinely look forward to. While this may not currently , or never be the case for some of you, it can definitely be a part of your routine. And hopefully you will learn to enjoy it and find a workout that makes you happy.
To get started I would say use whatever technique you use to get other chores done. I like to write lists and get gratification out of crossing things off. If you have a technique that works for you use it!
Set realistic goals that you know you can obtain and increase those goals as soon as they seem too easy. In the beginning you want to have success and keep from getting injured. If you over do it you will be uninterested in going back and find it easy to make excuses. Slow and steady is the best approach to getting started and sticking with it. Once you increase your strength and stamina you can then increase the number of workouts per week. Don't stress this can take time.
Make a schedule and stick to it. Would you skip a Dr. appointment or business meeting, the likelihood is no, so do the same with the gym. Not every week will look the same especially if you are working out in the evenings. Make sure you have time to see your friends and do other activities that make you happy, but make sure to write the gym in your calendar. If you are a morning person, all the power to you. Getting the workouts in before work will make your afternoons free for a spontaneous happy hour.
There are going to be times when something comes up and you will need to rearrange your workout schedule, if you can squeeze in a quick one it is better than nothing. My friend always tells me, "you are lapping the guy sitting on the couch." Worst case see if you can add it in another day that week or do an extra the following week.
I have found I forgo many opportunities to see my friends when I have a planned workout. They are getting used to it and I know what makes me happy. This is a big struggle for some and scheduling will help. Even better is to get a work out buddy. Get your friends to join, its so much more fun when you have a buddy to motivate. Plus a little healthy competition is good for everyone:)
Try to keep yourself accountable and document when you go, its nice to see your progress.