We've already reached the last week of January! How does time fly so fast? As a Fitness Professional, I know this is an important week for all of us trying to stick to our New Year's resolution. This is the week that can make or break the deal.
For a majority of the Resolution gym goers, this is the week that things you've been putting on hold while you go to the gym, have piled up to such an extent that they DEMAND your attention and you HAVE to take time to deal with them.
For those of you having made Resolutions about changing your eating habits, this is the week where life typically starts to distract you from your goal and purpose. (or your frustration at the amount of work vs. the movement on the scale reaches a frustration point and you start wondering whether it's worth it)
We, at the FC, know that in another 3 weeks, much of our New Year volume increase will fall away and there will be more open treadmills again.
There is an upside to all of this: This doesn't have to be you. You don't have to be the one to let life swing you off track and derail you success this year. You have a choice.
Ok -- in this last weekend of January 2012, it's time to reassess what's worked and what hasn't. If you've let life pile up around you while you've been busy hitting the gym and cooking more so you need to eat out less, it's time to get caught up. Better to tackle life on your time-table (with a plan) than to have to drop all of your newly formed positive habits because you haven't done laundry in 3 weeks and have no clean undies!
Today, get out a piece of paper and write down 3 changes you've made that are working for you. Then write down 2 changes you've made that aren't.
Let the changes that aren't working go for now. Use that time to catch up on your everyday chores.
Focus on the changes that ARE working -- make a plan to keep those up AND get your everyday tasks done.
Small, sustainable changes are better predictors of a healthier, happier life than crazy, turn-your-life-upside-down-because-you're-fixing-all-your-flaws-at-once (you know you're going to burn out on that, right?) changes.
Don't be the majority and quit on your goals for 2012. You can accomplish them! But it's probably going to take more time than you thought (and be quite a bit messier than you envisioned). Don't give up --- we've still got 11 more months to go in the Year of You!