QUOTE OF THE WEEK – 01-01-2019 –
HERE’S TO HEALTHY NEW BEGINNINGS IN 2019.
Whoa. I can’t believe it has been two months since I reached out to you all. Which just goes to show that life happens and you have to readjust to keep moving forward.
For me, that meant taking care of family, adjusting to a new workload, and deciding what direction I want to take my blog from this month forward.
Some things will stay the same but others will change hopefully for the better as I continue to blog.
Which brings me to my subject of today’s quote post: adjusting your action steps.
This is the time of year when we make promises to ourselves whether it be weight oriented, financial, family time, spiritual goals, etc. every Jan 1st comes with a new clean slate.
But then sometime around late February, mid March we might lose our way and good intentions may go out the window.
Doesn’t have to be that way though.
As quoted above by esteemed Chinese philosopher Confucius, if you have a goal such as losing fat which equates to weight loss, do you ditch that goal and seek a lesser goal because it is easier?
The answer to that is both Yes and No. You don’t need to change your overall goal, but you do need to critically analyze it and make a better plan. Let’s look into how.
ASSESS WHAT DID WORK, AND… WHAT DIDN’T.
Everyone has some successes towards their goals.
Quick exercise: Write down your goal actions that were successful or yielded a result you were pleased with.
That might be for 12 weeks straight last year you did not break your commitment to working out every week.
Or you drank 16 ounces of water every morning, Or you added a cup of vegetables to each plate of food.
Next write down what DIDN’T work. Like maybe taking up the Keto diet and eating too many fat bombs.
Or deciding to give up on Intermittent Fasting because you were hangry and about to pass out at 9AM.
So using those two examples, if your goal is fat loss, consider other more conducive to your eating habits such as Paleo or Mediterranean eating.
If you don’t exercise but realize the merits of it, do you need support? If so what type of support? Human accountability or digital?
For myself I found something as simple as checking off my workouts on my calendar makes me accountable.
Change the action. Not the goal.
Another action that can help towards making our goals for healthy new beginnings stick is assessment.
You know those articles they do each year that say New Years resolutions fail (#NYEResolutionfail) by late Feb early March?
One reason that some don’t consider is many “go hard” at the beginning of the goal.
Then don’t take the time to stop and assess to see if what you are doing is working.
So before you get into the Fall of 2019, take a one, three , and six month analysis of your actions.
In one month you can see if you need to immediately change something before you full on commit (like a gym membership.)
Month three is usually when you begin to see results so this is usually where you can dial it up or keep it status quo.
And six months is where you have established your mind to action habit connection and can add in variables to more firmly root your successes.
HAVE A BACK UP PLAN FOR UNFORESEEN SITUATIONS.
Remember my six week setback story? All in my feelings because I couldn’t move forward in my strength goals?
At that time, my best move was to baby my injury. But the better move was to go low, slow, and rebuild.
Now I know what to do. But I wouldn’t have known that then.
So I have learned to take my still healing arm into account when I do new exercise programs.
I ask myself will this program support or cause new joint strain?
No one can foresee every situation that can come up to derail your goals. But you can plan for some of the more obvious daily ones.
SIT BACK (momentarily.)
ADMIRE THE RESULTS.
AND THEN GET BACK TO WORK.
This is the part most people like. Reward for hard work. And why not?
If you have come this far by assessing, adjusting, and having a back up plan you should give yourself a pat on the back.
But don’t get complacent. This is only the beginning of the year. 😉
So here’s to healthy new beginnings in 2019.