Why We Fail Our New Years Resolutions
I don’t know what’s more tragic, the fact that most of us fail our resolutions, or the fact that despite knowing this, we still make new ones every year. I’ve been a big cynic when it comes to making them, especially with long term things like fitness or weight loss, but here I am again, ready to make another one.
What about you?
If you’ve been making your resolutions using the same formula as me over the years, then you’ve likely been failing too.
Today I’m going to talk about how to have success with your resolutions, whatever they may be, and give you a new year weight loss plan to get you fired up and on the road to success.
Weight Loss And New Year – Friends Or Enemies?
I’m going to make a wild guess here and say that weight loss is the most commonly picked resolution. “Lose 20 pounds” seems easy enough, especially if you’ve got a whole year to do it right?
There are generally two reasons that most of us fail with something like this.
The first reason is that we tend to focus on results (Lose X amount) instead of habits. The second is that we try to do too much at once.
If you’re currently working out once a month and you set your resolution to be working out an hour a day, chances are you are going to fail.
A Better Weight Loss Plan For 2014
Choose something that you can actually succeed with first, and increase it when it becomes habit. Everyone reading this will be currently working out a different amount, so I’m going to choose a new target for you and it’s up to you to match it as best you can.
Workout for 10 minutes a day. Try following these tips.
Do that for all of January. 31 days. 10 minutes a day.
Some days you’ll be tired and busy, other days you’ll feel like working out more than 10 minutes. That’s fine.
Some days your workout will be in your living room following some YouTube videos or a killer Kettlebell workout DVD like Halina. Other days your workout will be running 10 minutes because you missed the bus. Or walking very quickly.
That’s also fine.
The key here isn’t to focus on HOW you are working out, but to cultivate the habit of doing it.
With only 10 minutes, you’re not going to run a risk of straining yourself and you’re definitely not going to have an excuse of not enough time.
Once you’re comfortable with 10 minutes per day, move on to 15, then 20, and so on. Whatever you do, DON’T start with too much. If you miss a few days, go back down to what you are comfortable with.
This is what will get you exercising more consistently and will lead to some serious resolution success.
Even if weight loss isn’t you thing this will work. Maybe you just want to be more active and maintain my fitness goals throughout the year, instead of fluctuating up and down as you go in and out of motivation cycles.
When February Comes Around…
Either you will have succeeded and you’ll think “Wow. Best. Resolution. Ever”, or you will have failed and thought “But it was still the best resolution ever.”
From there, you’ll be able to adjust and adapt your plan to suit you. Increase the time, reduce it, take Sundays off (if you dare break the habit..), whatever works to keep you going.
Just remember. Resolve to change your behaviors, and do it gradually, this will lead to the results you wanted to focus on instead.
By The Way…
Using a calendar like this is a great way of keeping yourself motivated, and the big circle or X that you add in is incredibly satisfying.
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