The internet is flooded with all the standard New Year statements and pitches. Everybody is trying to sell you a program or product to help you get in shape. You’ve heard all that before. I am going to keep it real and tell you that this new year will be just like years previous. There will be great opportunities, challenges, happy times, down times, excitement, and yes, sometimes disappointment. It’s called life. Somethings will be completely out of your control so let’s just focus on the things you can control. What things have you done this last year that were positive in your life? List those things and what you did to accomplish them. It’s a good idea to then continue practicing those same actions leading into 2018. Now let’s talk about the areas you would like to improve. Instead of making blanket statements let’s define your goals and how you plan to accomplish them.
- Make a short list of things you would like to accomplish. Be reasonable and detailed. For example, “I want to lose 15lb or 50lb by X date”.
- Make a plan of action describing how you will do these things. If it’s to change the way you are eating you may want to seek nutritional advice, design a daily template of what to eat and when, plan a grocery schedule, and then go buy the food. When it comes to exercise maybe you need to seek a personal trainer, join a gym, or find a solid program to follow. Without the plan there can be no results.
- Execute the plan. Do your best to be consistent. You may need to adjust the plan as time goes on.
Recognize that creating good nutrition and exercise habits takes time. It won’t always be easy and there will be set backs. There will be days you get sick or just feel like quitting in general. Challenge yourself now to not quit and be consistent as you can. Try to find joy in each day and every year instead of always trying to “catch” that perfect situation which is always just out of reach. Do what you can today to help your tomorrow, but also enjoy what you have now. The best year we have is the one we are living in. Every day is a blessing. I wish you ALL the best in this coming New Year. Bring on 2018 and everything that comes with it!
-Wittig, ISSA CPT