New Years resolution fall by the wayside already? Or, just can't get in the right routine to make fitness a new year priority? Here are a few ways that have shown to be be successful for my clients:
Be a "ride or die" chick in the name of your overall wellness.
Evaluate your relationship with fitness. You know this relationship, whether it be past or present, that is on a status of make-up or break-up, and that is the only consistent thing about the two of you? Well that's exactly what I am talking about. You have to learn to be a ride or die chick in the name of your overall wellness and fitness goals. Commit to yourself, make your workout be the "you time" that you know you need. Fall in Love with your goals and your ability to achieve the body or health you want to achieve and then COMMIT to never letting yourself down. So, change your relationship with fitness, or change your goals. If you want to commit then do so deeply, and truly commit!
You can't do it all and change it all at once, but you can evolve to achieve everything you want to.
Start out slow, change only 1-3 behaviors in the beginning. As humans we cannot completely change who we have been for years overnight. Start with how many days a week you work out, and mix that with healthier eating habits. When you have completed those tasks that support the behaviors you already started working on you for the better. So you made it to the gym 4 times over the last 2 weeks, GREAT! Now do more! Take your usual cardio routine and partner with a personal trainer, most gyms have complimentary services for a new membership... who knows maybe a Personal Trainer is what you need to get started. You made better eating choices GREAT! Now try to eliminate a few items that you know will slow the progress of fitting into those jeans or that swim suit you want to rock! Starting this journey in a realistic way is the key! You can't do it all and change it all at once, but you can evolve to achieve everything you want to, that is for certain!
Determine your "Why" and marry your goal.
What is the real goal? The "WHY?" This goes beyond the "X" amount of pounds you want to lose. It's the "WHY" you want to lose it, the "this will be possible, if I lose it". Here are a few inspirational "WHY'S" from my clients...
"I want to be able to be in the moment, not waste time feeling self conscious about my body"
"I want to feel confident in a picture of myself on girls night out"
"Yes, I want to feel sexy again after 3 kids, I want to know I still am me after all of that".
This is what I'm talking about, WHY are you wanting to put in hard work and dedication? Marry that goal, that feeling. That will keep you more committed than a weight goal ever will. I promise you that!
So, change your relationship to a loving and committed one with fitness. Start small, change a few behaviors at a time and add more complexity once you see success in that commitment. Then ask yourself, "WHY?" What drives you to want to start a weight loss or fitness journey? It will be a hard and challenging journey, but worth it. You can do anything you put your mind to. Your body is built to move, its built for life, and we only get one in this lifetime. The best version of YOU is all you can ask from yourself, and you can do it!