Welcome to 2017! What’s your New Year resolution?
Each year we a resolution based on desires, then we beat ourselves up for not reaching it. What did you tell yourself you would be better at? Managing your personal finances? Getting a better fitness routine? Working on your current relationship? This year, let’s make sure that we do something different; challenge yourself for 2017 to create an outcome to be proud of.
In my years of experience, a number of things have caused people to stop working towards their goals. Many of those things are excuses. This is a new year, the year you are determined to be a new you.
Be committed to yourself, invest in yourself and in the end it will be well worth it.
1. Change the habit of putting yourself down
Many of my clients have had problems with putting themselves down during the start of their fitness journey. The perception on how they should look is almost always a comparison of how someone else looks, hence they begin thinking they are not good enough or that they will not be able to achieve their desires.
What is your idea of your perfect body?
What do you think you have to do to get this perfect body?
What discomfort do you feel when you don’t do what you need to do to reach your goal?
You are putting yourself down because you are constantly not reaching your goals. You are not reaching your goals because you are not committed. Goals must be re-evaluated continually. Your fitness routine should be fun, challenging and effective to keep you motivated as you work towards your perfect body – set yourself up for happiness.
2. Recognize and control your emotional eating
Daily stress have us reaching for chips, cookies and candies on a regular basis. The idea is to find ways to lower the stress which will lower the cravings that lead to emotional eating. Emotional eating ruins your chances of achieving your fitness goals; it is one of the leading causes of weight gain.
Here are a few suggestions:
- Find the source of your stress and make a serious commitment to rid yourself of or drastically reduce it.
- Starting a journal to document when you are stressed and what cravings you have. Before you eat write down what you are feeling.
- Talk to someone you trust
- Workout, workout, workout
3. Create realistic fitness goals
If you have created, unclear or immeasurable goals, it’s time to correct this. It is best to work with a Fitness Professional to help you. Here’s an example of what my clients have come up with after working with me to set SMART goals – SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely.
Specific: Be detailed about what it is you want to achieve. Goal setting should be exciting and motivating because you can see what you are working towards. Being specific also means getting current weight and measurements as a basis before your fitness plan begins.
Measurable: I am 220lbs and I want to be 200lbs in 8 – 12 weeks; I will have weekly weigh-ins to determine if I am on schedule.
Attainable: I will reach this goal by completing 3 days a week of weight training, cardio, and consuming smoothies 5 times a week.
Realistic: I should lose 1lb or 2 lbs a week at a minimum.
Timely: In 12 weeks I should have lost at least 20 lbs.
Now is the perfect time to see a Fitness Professional and get serious about setting SMART goals. 2017 is here, are you ready, because I am! Now is the time to begin to Radiate Naturally.