One of my favorite times of the year is upon us, the end of the holiday season and the beginning of a brand new year. Resolutions are being made to start your year off right and be the best version of yourself to date. One of the most common resolutions is to lose weight or be healthier than before. Unfortunately, only about 8% of those that make new years resolutions stick to them and succeed.
So why is it so difficult to stick to a resolution?
It wasn’t a spur of the moment decision that made me adopt this lifestyle. My wake up call was at the doctors office where I had less than stellar results from my tests. I was 24 years old, weighed 252 pounds, had high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. My doctor told me that if I didn’t do something soon, I was going to be in bad shape later in life. So that day I went home and got rid of all the bad food, put on my gear and worked out. I never looked back. I truly believe that you can say every single year you’re going to lose weight and be healthier however, you wont truly make a complete and total lifestyle change until you’re 100% mentally and physically committed. Find a reason other than the fact that it’s new years to get healthy, and I guarantee you’ll be more inclined to stick with it.
Adopting a healthy lifestyle and completely overhauling your everyday routine is not easy. It is something that takes a lot of planning, commitment, patience, and persistence. Every week I take a day to plan my workouts, cook all my food, and get my gear ready so that I have no excuse to miss a workout or eat poorly. There will always be reasons for you to get off track and fall off the wagon. Plan ahead, and it will be much easier to stick to your routine.
Finally, know that it’s okay to slip up. I am human and do miss workouts, I do have cheat meals, and some days I completely fall off of the wagon. However, I do not let it discourage me and keep me from getting right back on track the next day. I am a firm believer that the most important aspect of living a healthy lifestyle is keeping a positive mentality and falling in love with the process. It’s a change that will have its ups and downs, but the most important thing to remember is that it takes time. Always get back on track, stay positive and plan ahead.
I wish you all the best of luck in 2014 reaching your fitness goals whatever they may be!
Fitmark Ambassador 2014