Where has the time gone?
It seems like the ball just dropped for 2010, and 2014... went by faster than a speeding bullet. How will you make the year 2015 great? Don’t allow 2015 to 2020 to just blur together. With a few upgrades to your current schedule, you can achieve even your biggest goals. Check out Maria Garay’s Top 5 to reaching your New Year Resolutions.
- Create a plan - A goal without a plan is simply a wish. Sit down and take the time to create a well- developed plan. Where will you be in 1 week – how will you get there? How about in 1 month? Remove any hurdles that may get in your way. Is your gym bag packed hours before your workout? Do you have healthy snacks and meals with you when you’re out so you’re not tempted by the drive thru?
- Track progress – Sticking to your goals becomes much easier if you track your progress. This gives you accountability. Track through pictures, measurements and even a daily journal. Reflect on your progress each week. All though you may be moving a little slower than you’d like, think of at least a few ways you’ve improved from week to week. A third person perspective can be helpful in this regard as well.
- Stay positive - That saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day” applies to your new year’s resolution. Most likely your goal isn’t going to be easy- or you would have already done it. Stay positive and make smaller goals. Can you now do more pushups than you could a few weeks ago? Do you find you have more energy throughout the day, now that you are exercising? Are those jeans that you used to have to oil up to cram into actually button without the fear of bursting?
- Find a partner - Holding yourself accountable is the key to success, but having someone else to help you stay focused and motivated can be very helpful. Find someone that will encourage you to stick to your diet, and go to the gym even when you’re “too tired”. A partner can make training more enjoyable and push you just a little harder.
- Stay Passionate - The theory of Operant Conditioning states that if a stimulus, such as exercise creates a positive response than you will seek to reproduce those feelings. Find forms of exercise and foods that not only fit your goals but that you enjoy, and reward yourself when you reach a goal. Rewards come in other forms than cake and burgers. However, a planned treat or cheat meal can help with the physiological aspect of dieting. If you reach a goal, buy yourself new workout clothes, a new album you can listen to in the gym or a new supplement stack.
Share your goals with us in the comments section. We’d be happy to help you in any way we can.
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