Hello everyone and Happy Monday!
I'm fat and I want to lose weight!
For some reason, this is the phrase that I most often here during this time of year. For most people (about 40% of the US population), it's a New Year's Resolution year after year, but with no success. We all want to improve ourselves, whether it's physically, emotionally, monetarily, etc, but for all intentions, only a tiny fraction of us (research suggests that only 8% of us achieve our New Year's goals!) keep our resolutions.
Let's take a look at this picture. Why do people fail so miserably at goal-setting? Are they less apt than those who succeed? I don't believe that some people are more capable than others in achieving goals. I think that there's a strategy to goal-setting and achieving whatever it is you want to achieve. There are however, some steps to take in order for you to follow through with your goals.
Make small attainable goals. Many people will use the New Year to make huge goals for the following year, but quite honestly, Americans have so many competing priorities that they inevitably fail to follow through with many of their plans. The key is to keep your goals simple and attainable. Instead of "wanting to lose weight," you could plan on cutting back on sugar, salt and simple carbs. By making your goals not-so-big and overwhelming, you are making it easier on yourself to progressively lose the weight you want to shed.
Be specific about your goals. When you have decided on a goal for the New Year, make sure to create a plan and be specific on how you're going to carry it out. So for instance, don't say "I want to lose weight," you must clearly define how you're going to lose weight. It's much easier to follow a plan that says "I won't drink beer or eat pizza and I will go to the gym every Monday and Friday for a spinning class." If the goals are vague, the results will be vague too!
Make yourself accountable. When we share our goals with others we tend to carry them out successfully. You could tell your family and friends or you could use social media as a motivator. For example, I use my fitness blog as a way to educate myself about health, fitness and running, but also to motivate myself to be a better runner. I would also suggest writing out your goals in a board that you see every day or making a vision board. These are all great ways to remind yourself to stick to the plan you have determined to carry out.
Believe in yourself. This is probably the most difficult part of goal-setting: believing that you are capable of doing anything you want. Oftentimes people find themselves on a bumpy road and they are quick to fall off the band-wagon. They begin making excuses and rationalizing their behaviors, which inevitably leads to self-sabotage. Let me be the one to say that You Can Do It!!!
I've heard people say that "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak," but I don't believe that's an accurate description of the human body. The body thrives on physical challenges. As humans, our bodies were meant to explore both pleasure and pain. I believe it's people's ill-spirit that doesn't allow them to persevere. Remember this, you have as much will-power as you think you have.
*Wishing you all the best for the upcoming year. May it be filled with lots of joyous training sessions, exciting and heart-pounding races and delectable and healthy meals!!!*
What are your New Year's Resolutions?
I'm grateful for fresh , mouth-watering
fruits that quench my thirst.