It’s the new year. Great! I am sure like everyone else on the planet, your new year’s resolution involves being a fitter, better version of the 2017 you! That’s all good and well, but, chances are by mid-February, the reenergised buzz of fresh possibility would have fizzled out into dull routine, while that voice inside your head sighs and mutters ‘maybe next year’. Sorry to tarnish that bright, sparkly vision in your head of you looking fit and toned, tanning on yacht somewhere in the Bahamas, but let’s get real for a second. If you truly want to make a change in your life, then there are a couple of things you are going to have to accept.
1. Beware. Don’t Compare.
Don’t be fooled by all the fluff and fancy spamming your instagram feed. Those people in that virtual universe you love so much, showing off their ripped six pack abs and taking pictures of their fabulously healthy meals that no one really has time to make, are probably bodybuilders, personal trainers, fitness bloggers or rich housewives with nothing else to do. Let’s just think about this for a second. How can an everyday, normal person, who has an 8 to 5 job, compete with an individual who has copious amounts of time to prepare their meals, hit the gym 2 to 3 times a day and still have time to post about it? Wham! Reality check. If you truly want to achieve your goals this year, then you have got to be realistic and understand that it’s about YOU! You can’t compete with Usain Bolt if the only exercise you do is walking from your couch to your fridge every evening.
2. It’s Going to be Hard.
The most popular New Years resolution has to be…I want to lose weight. Well…I want money…ok. Wouldn’t life be grand if saying something outloud willed that thing into existence. Unfortunately, here in the real world, life doesn’t work like that. If you want something, you have to work for it and it’s going to be hard, because if it was easy you would have done it already. Understand that there are going to be days when you don’t want to go to the gym, when you are going to eat that burger instead of a salad, when you are going to feel guilty, and useless, and every other negative emotion you could possibly feel. But, the difference between you achieving your goal versus you not achieving you goal, is your ability to bounce back from these setbacks and overcome those moments of doubt. Realise that it is all normal and part of the journey. The biggest obstacle you have is you and half the challenge is overcoming your mental barriers. Being fit and healthy is a lifestyle, not a destination. Keep reminding yourself why you are doing what you are doing and that it will pay off in the end.
3. Set Mini Goals.
I know a lot of people say, write down your goals, that way you will achieve them. I have a lot of goals, and a lot of notebooks with random lists that I forget about and only reread every two years when I decide to reorganise my life. Your goal shouldn’t be some scribble on a piece of paper it should be something you live and breath. Every day should be a new opportunity to take the steps you need to achieve that goal. And that’s what they should be, steps. The reason most people don’t achieve their goal, is that a single goal can be a little overwhelming. We tend to think about the end result before we have even started. For example, your goal might be to lose weight. And if you are like me you probably start thinking about all the weight lossy things that you hear, ‘eat well, ‘eat healthy’, ‘go to the gym, ‘ run’, ‘don’t eat carbs’, ‘drink water’, ‘no sugar’ etc. etc. etc. And then you start hyperventilating because it’s all too much to handle and you don’t know why you set such a stupid goal in the first place. Like I said before, it’s a journey and not a destination, don’t rush it, you aren’t going to get quick results, that’s not how this works. My advice, start with something small, like I am going to try go a whole week without eating sugar or I am going to exercise at least 3 times a week. Once you get that right, you move onto the next thing and build from there.
Good Luck. Train Hard. Play Hard. Crush it.