Yes….it’s that time again. We look back and remember those resolutions that we did not keep. We had good intentions, yet did not follow through. We place them back on our list for 2011. We can learn from our failures if we accept the responsibility that it is in our power to change.
Okay, lets get off the downer and look forward to 2011 fitness success. We started last year full throttle than fell out, right? Because it’s easy to form bad habits and 20x harder to break them. Change takes time and persistence.
Plan, Plan, Plan. That’s what it takes to stay with it. In fitness, you have three factors that keep you healthy: Exercise, Healthy Eating and Sleep. Like three strong pillars, if one of these is out of whack than the structure tumbles over.
So what does it take for us to succeed this year? Always give yourself a reasonable goal to reach in a reasonable time. Make yourself a contract and sign it. Keep it in a place where you see it everyday. Or build yourself a motivation board. Add things like a picture of you in those skinny jeans, a picture of the beach where you want to look sexy in that swimsuit in your drawer. Just remeber to be reasonable. If you have a big goal than break it down to smaller, reasonable steps.
Exercise. Find your niche. If a group class makes you feel more accountable, do it. Maybe you need a personal trainer to keep you on track. Do you love to dance? Take Zumba. Boxing is great for stress. Schedule a core workout than keep yourself entertained by trying new and different classes. Your next class could be your niche. Get a buddy for more accountability. Agree to text each other everyday for encouragement. Be engaged. Stay engaged.
Sleep. Plan to make your bed the perfect environment for rest. Keep your room at 65-68F no matter how many blankets you use. Even with your eyes closed, you can sense a certain level of light in the room. This will keep you from sleep. Make your room like a cave. Calming music is good to calm the mind. Watching TV stimulates the brain making it difficult to reach a deep sleep. Build a routine that gets you in bed. Many people who think they have insomnia don’t make it to bed in the first place. That’s not insomnia, that’s poor planning. Your body chemistry changes when you lay down, so sitting in a chair watching the news is not going to help you prepare for sleep. If you have an active mind when laying in bed keep a pad and pen on your night stand. Jot down your thoughts so you don’t stay up brainstorming, but don’t turn the light on.
Healthy Eating. Plan your meals, grocery list and prep time. Snacks are awesome! The healthy kind. You need to eat every 2-3 hours which makes healthy snacks important. A few good choices are 100 cal Natural Almond packs and Luna nutrition bars. Plan your meals ahead of time. You’ll work best if you have stable dishes that you can whip up in no time. Focus on protein in each meal and the fruits and veggies will fall into place. Keep to your grocery list. Put prep and cooking time in your schedule.
Learn from 2010 on where you need to tweak your routine. Build a plan that leaves little room to stray. And if you do fall of the plan, that’s okay, as long as you get back on it. You have the power to make it better. Stay motivated. Stay engaged.