I hate the word Resolution. I feel you are setting yourself up for failure by using that word. Every year people make resolutions for the new year. The most popular would be weight loss. Unfortunately, come March, those “resolutions” are out the door. I feel by changing the word to goal, I will succeed! My goals for the New Year are:
Running another 5k
Run a 1/2 marathon by the end of the year
Gain muscle and tone
Wow. I’ve got a lot on my plate. I am not resolving to do this (see that is why I hate that word), instead I am setting a goal or challenge. How many of out there feel if someone gives you a challenge or goal, you will meet it? When you say resolution it feels like you are striving for or see something in the distance that may happen. Sort of like you resolve to clean your bathroom floor! Ha!
I know I can do this. I WILL do this. I am strong and I am capable to compete in a challenge. Unfortunately, I have a bad habit of giving up. I lose the fervor that I had at the beginning. I must keep myself challenged every day. Lucky for me, my goals intertwine. In order to gain tone and muscle I have to work out and eat right. Clean eating and running fit the requirements. I have a hard time sticking to something because I want results now. A friend once told me to stop worrying about time, and concentrate on the here and now. The future gets here quicker than you realize. I think the easiest road ( I use that word “easiest” lightly, because it will certainly be anything but.) is to make small goals. I am going create a small goal for each month of the year, and everytime I acheive each mission I get that rush of instant gratification. Each mission builds upon one another, until I defeat the main challenge. Do you think I can do it?
Every athlete or competitor need a game plan. Here is mine:
How do those x’s, o’s and lines get me to clean eating, running a 1/2 and 5k and gaining muscle and tone? Here is how I’ll do it:
A. Start small by working on one month at a time.
B. Make a chart to track each month’s goal.
C. Post blog updates. I”ll be using you guys as my accountability partners. It will embarrassing to confess to you if I didn’t stick to my goals.
D. Each month I’ll also make a weekly menu and exercise plan.
E. Set up an incentive or “prize” for making reaching month’s goal.
Here is what I hope to accomplish for January:
It is going to be tough. I’ve already prepared this weekend by heading to Parkesdale for my produce. Sometime tonight I’ll make my menu for next week and plan out my work out sessions. Though this wasn’t included for January, a side goal is to eat mostly organic foods. The reason I say it will be tough is because Joe LOVES junk food. Look at this:
See what I’m talking about? This is going to ROUGH!
What are your New Year’s Goals?