Your resolutions? Are they something like this?:
· I am going to eliminate sugar, gluten, dairy, meat, or…
· I am going to dive into my fitness routine, join a gym, or hire a personal trainer
· I am going to stop smoking, drinking, or doing my hateful bad habit
Worthy goals! Now think about past resolutions. Do you make same plan every year, every month, every week? How far do you get? Hmmmm…why do we keep making the same plans?
I think I know why: New Year’s Resolutions are often unsustainable. They are based in fear, judgment, & self-loathing. This year, re-start 2015 by asking yourself ONE question: “Is my new program sustainable for my lifestyle?”
Is it realistic to think you’ll absolutely never eat sugar again? Maybe it works for the lifestyle of 1% of us. Think about your life: Are you social? Do you have children? Do you enjoy food? Is food a big part of your family, social, personal, or professional life? Is it realistic and sustainable for YOU to completely give it up? Hmmmm. Probably not.
But 2015 is here: finally you can focus on yourself, & you absolutely deserve that. So what’s it going to look like? Are you going from couch potato to a 6-day-a-week boot camp program? Are you going from pounding cookies to pounding the pavement 3 miles a day?
Did you tell yourself that you’re going to workout at 5:30am before work, every day? Or maybe you’re going to pack your workout clothes and go right after work! Yes, that’s it! I swear…right after work.
Fantastic! Both are awesome plans. But again, one question: is this sustainable for YOUR lifestyle? If not, it’s never going to stick, and nothing will have changed.
Don’t mistake my message: fitness is paramount to happiness and longevity, but frankly, is the choice you’ve made sustainable for you? Has it worked for you before? If not, why? What needs to change this time?
Here’s the biggest question: how badly do you want to change? How MUCH are you willing to change your lifestyle, your habits, & your thoughts to achieve your goal? Because something HAS to change, people. Whatever you’ve been doing – well, if it was working, you wouldn’t be making a new resolution, would you?
What’s going to change?
When you’re ready to make the change, you absolutely have to be smart about it. Can you sustain 3-mile runs every single morning in the dark? Can you sustain 6 kickboxing workouts in a row? Can you sustain a Method 360 program 6 days a week?
Maybe you can, but there is more to fitness and change than just committing to a schedule. Without the psychological aspect, things are sure to peter out. You might need a community, people to inspire you, keep you accountable, & push you a little bit farther each time.
This is why I love Method 360; it was the first thing that I really felt I could do over an extended period of time. I want to keep coming back each week: they’re sustainable for my lifestyle & meet my needs. They’re different every day, & I don't get hurt or plateau. And I don't defeat myself mentally, thanks to the trainers who psychologically get me through class.
They tell me that they are inspired by how flexible & strong I am; they inspire me by how strong, fast, and athletic THEY are.
As you think about what you’re going to change for 2015, certainly consider your lifestyle. What time works for you? What kind of workout do you like? What kind of fitness are you drawn to? It’s different for each of us, so acknowledge yourself! Then, certainly design your program, find your gym, seek out that class.
But most importantly, find your tribe. They will push you through on those dark nights, those tough moments, and those snowy runs. And they will also be there to high five you when you kill those battle ropes and crush the atomic push up.
Without a sustainable plan, plan to burn out by February 1st. Make a change this year; one you can follow through with! We always love to hear your thoughts, so please share how 2015 will be different for you...