I think I might be known as the New Year’s resolution Grinch. I hate New Year’s resolutuions. I am kind of a hypocrite too, though, because I set “intentions” for the year. The thing is, I believe it is important to reflect on the year behind you, decide what you want in your future and make plans to get it. That is not what people do though.
I have been coaching people a really long time and I can spot someone a million miles away that is going to fail at their goals. It sounds harsh, I know. This is going to sound even more harsh. Most people use New Year’s resolutuion setting as a way to completely go overboard the last few months of the year. People really do think that something magical will happen in their brain come January 1. Something is happening in your brain and it’s not magical. It’s called addiction. Addiction to carbs and sugar. This is a recipe for disaster.
A study of 3,000 people showed an 88% failure rate of New Year’s resolutions and 52% of these people started out feeling confident that they were going to be successful. I also found that weight loss or getting fit is the number one goal. There are statistics all over the place about how long the average person will stick to their resolution. One study said that 35% never even start. That same study said that 88% don’t make it past the month of January.
Here’s the deal. I don’t like people to fail. When you fail repeatedly it creates a neural pathway in your brain. This neural pathway can be deeply ingrained and it can cause you to believe you are not capable of getting the fitness level you want. Breaking this is hard, but, not impossible. I am not going to get into breaking those pathways today because it’s an entirely different topic, but, just know that you may have already set one and just because your brain tells you something, doesn’t mean it’s true. You can do anything you decide to do.
I am not crazy about you setting a New Year’s resolution, but, if you must, here are my best tips for sticking to it:
- Don’t think that you are just going to flip a switch and your mindset will change and your habits will follow. This is going to be hard work. Especially coming off of carb and sugar overload.
- Know what you want. To say you are going to get fit isn’t measureable. What exactly do you want?
- Make a list of habits you know will bring you closer to what you want.
- Make a list of habits you know to be detrimental to getting what you want.
- If you don’t know #3 and #4 please do yourself a huge favor and hire a trainer. Hiring a trainer is an entire blog in itself, but, this is not a place for you to bargain shop. Time with a trainer can be an investment in yourself or it can be an expense. Six weeks with a great trainer that educates you on how to do this alone with a written out plan that addresses mental and physical issues is an investment. A year with a trainer that gets you results, but, has no written plan and YOU can’t tell me how and why you have gotten results is just an expense.
- From #3 and #4 make a list of rules you are going to live by. Those are your life rules. Live by them.
- Plan. Schedule. Stick to it.
- Read your rules from #6 daily.
- What will it feel like to reach your goal? Write it down as if you have already acheived it. How does it feel to live in the body of your dreams. Read it daily.
- Don’t wean yourself from sugar and refined crap. Go cold-turkey and then have strategies to deal with the withdrawals. Weaning is like a drug addict weaning off crack. Never gonna happen. A few days of discomfort (some may call it pain) is worth your number 9!
Really want to make it stick this year? Join me to get the details of how to detox after the holidays, how to workout, how to eat and how to stay motivated. Check out my Post Holiday Fitness Rehab workshop on January 9. It will benefit Girls on the Run.