The third month of 2015 is almost up, are you keeping with your new year’s resolution? Or are you like most people who tend to give up on it about two weeks into the new year? We always start off thinking that this year will be different and we’re going to be better, work harder and take better care of ourselves only to slip back into our old habits almost immediately following the holiday season. So what is it that takes us from being super pumped about change to just going back to our typical ways?
For starters, most of us tend to take on too much or overreach thinking that we are super heroes with enough free time to take on the world. In reality though there are only 24 hours in a day, and you can be very productive during that time, but you also have to be realistic. If you have a career, a family and are managing to sneak in a workout on most days, that’s probably going to take up the bulk of your waking hours alone. Should you decide to try some new hobbies on for size, then good for you, but if it doesn’t fit into your already swamped schedule, then chances are they won’t stick. Although it is true that you can achieve anything if you really want it and work for it, most times you’ll have to stop doing one thing in order to take on something else (as much as I hate to admit it, it’s true). Even taking on something as simple as reading for just 10 minutes each night before bed can be hard to stick with if it’s not already part of your daily habits.
Don’t fret though, there is hope yet. The best place to start is to look at your resolutions and really evaluate how they are going to impact your day to day life and how much of your time will they take up. Let’s say your resolution was to start flossing your teeth daily, then consider adding it to your nighttime routine and give it a few weeks to really take. If your resolution was to spend less time sitting down at work then maybe take a 20 minutes at lunch to walk around, or walk over to your co-worker’s desk instead of calling them or sending them an email. Whatever you vowed to do, look at how you can add it in to what you are already doing in a way that doesn’t make it feel like a chore. Also remember that your goal should always be something specific, something measurable instead of the more vague things like spending more time with family or reading more books. A better option is to schedule family get togethers and read one book each month.
If on the off chance the resolution you’ve chosen is really too far out of reach then maybe it’s time to reconsider altogether what other options you have. If your resolution was to go back to school full time and you already work full time, have a family and so on, then it may be a good idea to try part time school instead or maybe a certificate program as oppose to a full degree. If your resolution was to lose 50 pounds in six months and to workout 1 hour each day, but you really can’t make it happen, then try workouts that are 30 minutes (think HIIT and supersets) and aim to lose no more than 2 pounds per week. There are tons of options available to you and many work-arounds that can help you get to where you want to be without it all having to be like pulling teeth.
As for my resolutions, well I am happy to report that I have managed to keep one of them. Showing more gratitude and saying thank you more often was something that I knew I could easily adopt by just making a conscious effort to do so. Unfortunately my second resolution didn’t take; I vowed to practice ballet for I hour once per week. I really did try to make it work, but truthfully it just didn’t fit into to my weekly schedule. Since I workout in the evenings and take Zumba class with my Mom on Saturday mornings, that usually only leaves me with Sunday as my only rest day and frankly I need my rest day. Practicing ballet is very strenuous and it takes a lot strength and energy to do so. So instead of beating myself up for it, I’ve decided to put the resolution on the back burner for now, but to keep it in mind the next time I put together my workout routines and schedules.
We should all dream big and have high hopes for everything that we do in life, like I said though be realistic and make it work for you. Whether you want to become a fitness competitor or an award winning scholar, go for it, give it your all and never give up on your dreams or goals. Go with whatever works for you and keep moving forward towards your best each day.
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