Are you staying on top of the commitments you made at the 1st of the year? New Years has come and gone which only means those ever so popular resolutions may or may not be on the table anymore. Listen, I am not one to make resolutions because I like to set small goals for myself throughout the year. I find them to be more helpful, and more in-tune with whatever is happening in my present life. On the flip side, I do appreciate grander scale goals like a New Years resolution as a good mental kick in the butt. Like many of you, I wanted to launch into 2017 like a rocket with clarity, more motivation, and a wish list of accomplishments and improvements I’d like to work on. So, now that January is out of the way and February has come and gone, I thought I’d give myself a status report on my new year goal setting. I challenge you to do the very same as the two-month mark is the best time to check in with yourself and see if you’ve been on top of your A-game.
For those of you that are familiar with my articles, you know that I like to keep it real. There is no sugar coating when it comes to my advice or when it comes to motivating others to live with a stronger outlook and a more consistent flow of happiness. In my family and close circle of friends, I am the go-to guy on saying it how I mean it! Speaking of sugarcoating, can I get an “AMEN” that giving up sugar is one of the hardest challenges when it comes to eating healthier. Yes, one of my goals this year was cutting out sugar and dairy from my diet. The combination of the two d’s is a real struggle, especially since ice cream is one of my all time favorite treats. I could eat a pint of ice cream like it was my day job. However, that is not the best hobby when wanting to keep my waistline in tact. So, I made a commitment to step up my gym workouts and step down my sugar intake. For the most part, besides a date night or two, it has been good riddance to hardy desserts. One of my obstacles with sugary indulgences is that I cannot have “a bite” – it is all or nothing for me. I don’t even like to share desserts, that is how much I enjoy them (see, at least I’m honest!). After two months though of omitting sugar from my daily dose, I definitely have less cravings and I’ve noticed a big difference in my physique. That is always the most gratifying part – when you can actually see a physical improvement. What helped me kick sugar to the curb and assisted me in keeping my eye on my goals like eating healthier and turning up the volume on working out were the following steps. Perhaps, you too have been on the same path or maybe these will inspire you to get back in focus. In any case, I know you can do it! Take a peak on what has helped me:
Track what you eat. I purchased a little notebook and wrote down everything that I ate each day. It not only gave me an overview of what I was putting into my body, it made me more accountable. Writing it down made me “own” my food decisions even more. And, it also helped me plan better for meals (did I mention it can make your grocery list much easier –ha!).
Eat out less. Cook more meals home and get educated on portion sizes. Going to out to dinner is fun and all but menus are not always geared toward eating cleaner.
Find a friend. The buddy-system is always a plus especially when it is with somebody that is extra supportive and can make you laugh throughout your journey. Yes, there is always humor to be found when accomplishing a goal.
Take pictures. I love a before and after! They can also help track your progress. However, I don’t suggest posting onto social media – keep them for yourself. Don’t forget you are doing this for you, not anybody else.
Use Your Gym As A Resource. My boyfriend and I recently joined a new gym that has really motivated us to workout harder. Many people that go there are training for competitions. Their hard work and dedication is very inspiring. I’ve also found it very helpful to ask questions on meal prepping and certain workout techniques.
Head Outside. Whether it is snow or shine, I want you to take in the fresh air. Get your body in motion by walking around your neighborhood, on a bike ride, or up a hiking trail. Connecting with nature is only going to stimulate your brain.
Meditate. You don’t need to bust out the yoga mat and sit with your legs crossed. However, I do recommend taking ten minutes out of your day to “zen out.” That moment of inner peace with allow you find a place of calm. When your mind is calm, you can better prioritize your day.
So, if your New Years resolutions motivation has gone caput, I hope you do relight the fire within you and give it another ago. With only two months down, you still have the rest of 2017 to turn your goals into a reality.
I wish you nothing but success!