New Beginnings: 2012

Happy day before New Years Eve! 
Have you made a new years resolution yet? If you have you are part of the nearly 45% of Americans that set these goals every year. Unfortunately, many of them don’t last past the first week. Research has shown that nearly 75% of peoples resolutions don’t make it past the first few weeks.
Top resolutions from year to year: 
-lose weight
-quit smoking
-save money/budget 
Stop the cycle. Break the habit. 

I am not here to blog to you about NOT setting goals. I am writing to give you advice on how to keep them. This time of year you are blasted with commercials for “quick fix” products.

Block hunger. Suppress appetite. Curb cravings. Fast cash. 

The number one thing to remember about your goal is:
1. Long term success. What ever your vice, you didn’t get there overnight so you will not reverse it by tomorrow. Set small goals for yourself. One month out, 3 months out, 6 months out… etc.

2. Write it down. You will be more accountable for your actions if your goals are written down. Place it somewhere you look daily. A mirror, the fridge, closet door… etc.

Reality vs expectations. Many view the start of the year as a cleaning of the slate. No turning back. No slip ups. Be realistic! You are going to have those moments of failure. Slip up. Shake it off. Get back up.

Success comes from recognizing your mistakes and making a conscience desicion to choose another path. 


Make 2012 a great year. 
Be with friends often. 
Take time for you. 
Give back. 
&
Relax. 
You’ve got 12 months to figure it out. 
Kidding. 
Here’s to a happy and healthy 2012!

Excuses.

“Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point”
Harold B. Melchart

You wake up and it’s cold outside. It’s dark. You’re tired. You have no motivation.

Stop.

Stop making excuses for your health. Get up and find something an activity that is exciting. Put everything into perspective and don’t get burnt out.

One day at a time.

Try a new class, buy a new song for your iPod, read a fitness article.

Inspire yourself.

We make excuses everyday to make life easier. These shortcuts add up and take a toll on us. Set a goal. Challenge yourself. Track your progress.

Make it happen!

Take your time climbing the mountain and make sure to look at the amazing views along the way.

Finding your Rhythm

Putting yourself on a workout routine can be difficult. 
Finding the time between work, family, friends
life. 

Discover the activities you enjoy doing. Whether you like to spin your stress off in a cycle class or “om” your way from a hard day; try it, do it and continue it.

This rhythm is different for everyone. I was listening to an interview the other day and it stuck with me. We call exercising “working out”. “Working” gives it a negative connotation. If it is something you enjoy, shouldn’t it be “partying out” or “relaxing out”?

Give yourself the opportunity to enjoy fitness. If you have always hated elements of your body, don’t look at exercise as a threat. View it as an opportunity to help you achieve goals and ultimately happiness.

Find your “Om”. Find what drives you to the gym or hit the pavement outside.

Find it. Do it. Continue it.