This is the first blog of the new year - 2011!! How has your year been thus far? Many people are setting their intentions or resolutions...
Making the resolutions are the easiest....it's the sticking to it that creates the angst and the challenge.
So then, let's make a new intention to make it stick this time! ....but how?
We seem to make our lists with a grand vision. Visions are good, but let's keep it simple. Instead of going to the gym every day after work...why not just make it for 2 times a week? This way you are stepping gradual.
This is the key to sticking to it -- KEEPING IT SIMPLE!! When we bite off more than we can chew we feel overwhelmed and we are setting ourselves up for self-sabotage.
When we overwhelm our plates then we are setting ourselves up for depression when we realize we didn't accomplish our list.
Let's face it, life usually happens to us. We have other commitments and appointments. So by saying we will lose 50 pounds in a month or go to the gym every day, that will bring a severe let down and disappointment. It's not realistic.
First of all, a pound a week weight loss is the realistic result.
How was our routine prior to January 1st? Were we in the habit of going to the gym every day? Probably not. In order to make that stick you have to do it for 90 days (3 months). That would be March. Most people feel the novelty of the new year fade by January 15th. Let's give ourselves the chance and follow through at least until March. Eh?
But what if we don't even like the gym or what it offers? What else is there? There are indoor tracks for those who live in colder climates. For those who live in warmer regions, can run at a track outdoors. Let's look into biking, skiing, skating, walking or even hiking.
Some people enjoy dancing.
Let's look at the activity that makes us move. The gym may not spark someone. Find the place and activity that gives you passion to move.
Many people go to the mall and walk the mall in the winter time.
Try not to feel let down by mid-January. If you do, then you are not being realistic with your current lifestyle. Something needs adjusting. Give yourself the chance by allowing yourself that 90 days to stick to it.
Patience is more than a virtue....it's going to help you stick to it. Being patient with yourself is hard in this day and age because we live in an instant gratification society and a hustle-bustle society....but it's an important practice.