If you launched a health, fitness, nutrition, wellness, goodness etc. resolution on January 1, you are now 10 days in. Way to be! Even if it hasn’t been smooth or perfect, I commend you. Is it worth doing? Even if you don’t do it perfectly? Yes! In the words of my pal Andy Roo Forrest, “Anything worth doing, is worth doing badly.” So stay with it. When it gets tough is when you get to develop your mental, physical and spiritual strength.
If your resolutions are falling apart dramatically, you may have taken on too many changes at once. Aspirations soar high this time of year, yet lasting sustainable change often takes the form of baby steps. You can stage out your big visions for yourself and get more from your resolution buck by allowing yourself to integrate your habit changes gradually. Focus on just one small change and getting your daily routine and social support organized around that. When you’ve done that one thing for two weeks or so, then introduce phase two- your next small change.
One thing I love about being a trainer is seeing evidence of people taking on changes. Someone I know is quitting smoking (huge!). Someone is trying out a gluten-free diet. Lots of people are diversifying their workouts–adding resistance training to their running or running to their resistance routine. David is doing the N+1 program (1 push-up and 1 sit-up on Jan 1st; 2 push-ups and 2 sit-ups on Jan 2nd; 3 push-ups and 3 sit-ups on Jan 3rd, and so on. As you get further in the program, you can break up your reps into sets of 15 or 20 at a time.) If you like the idea of upping the goal just a little bit and literally seeing yourself get stronger every day, David would welcome you to the club.
Let me know what you’re working on.