Tuesday, February 3, 2015

WAIT, Don't Give Up Yet!

If you are like me, you entered this year with all types of plans to change various aspects of your life. You were gong ho!  I, for example, declared, “This is the Year of My Health!”  My plans included: get the last of the weight off, eat better, exercise more, cut out fast and processed foods, etc and etc.  How is that going for me, you may be wondering?  Well, if the truth be told, not that good.  Not good at all. January has turned out to be the month of trial and error and I'm willing to bet that it is not going that great for some you you either.  You attempted a few things.  It worked for a few days or weeks, but now 30 something plus days into the new year, you are feeling overwhelmed and just not that into it anymore.  Either you are ready to throw in the towel or have already.  So how are we going to turn things around?


Here I have listed 4 Simple Actionable Steps which should help us get on our way:
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4 Steps to keep your #newyears #resolutions on track (tweet this)
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1. What Is Manageable For You 
Ask yourself, what is manageable for me right now?  Example:  cutting out fast food means cooking more and preparing food in advance.  Do I really have time in my current schedule to factor in a food prep day?  If the answer is no or that you are unwilling to do the research to food prep than even though that resolution may be a great idea with excellent benefits maybe now is not the time for you to add that to your lifestyle.  Maybe instead of no fast food my resolution should be adjusted to making better food choices until I can work the next step into my lifestyle.

2. Scale Back
I’m a passionate go getter.  Once I set mind to something I’m off to the races.  It has its good points and its bad.  Sometimes I don’t take all the necessary factors into consideration.  In my plans for exercise for the new year I prescribed it as if I had been beasting the whole time.  There was no consideration given to the fact that I haven’t exercised solidly for a good five months and I have suffered injury which will affect my abilities.  So from the door, trying to keep up with my exercise routine was more than I could handle and frankly, mentally overwhelming.  Now that I have had the chance to reevaluate my situation, I know that I need to build up to that regime and scale back.

3. Create An Action Plan
So you have figured out what is manageable for you and where you need to scale back, now you need to create and action plan.  A how - am - I - going - to - get - this - done plan.  I went from doing nothing to trying to doing everything.  It added pressure for me and the family as a whole.  Since that was not working now I am adjusting things in my calendar to fit in what I need. Here is what I changed:

  • I schedule my exercise as an appointment with enough time to drive to the gym, shower and get back to my tasks.
  • After dropping my daughter off to PMO I take that time to go a light jog or walk, get some of the shopping done, organize or write. Not waste it away!
  • I have learnt that it takes a bit of time, but I am so much better prepared and relaxed when I use my meal planner to help me plan and shop for meals.  No more panic of what are we going to eat.   


4. Create A Mantra
With all I have happening on a day to day basis my intentions for the day need to be clearly stated up front before the day gets started.  To do this I have gone back to a tool that has worked great for me in that past and that is creating and using a mantra as part of my morning devotions.  A mantra by definition is a word or formula that is usually sung as an incantation or prayer. Well, there aren't any magical spells being repeated around here, but my mantra helps me to focus on my personal intentions for the day.  Example: my issue is a lack of consistency and my corresponding mantra is, "I'm a consistent individual in thought, word and action.  I finish what I start."  That spoken acknowledgement is my, release of sorts, of my intent for the day.  Your mantra could be a snippet of your personal mission statement.


And in closing, Your resolutions may not have been the same as mine, however, I hope you can see how these 4 Actionable Steps can help you to stay on track.  Whatever your situation may be!

 
I encourage you to Never Give Up!  Some things seem to take forever and look like they are never going to come to fruition.  I have been at this self development / weight loss journey for some time now.  Initially, I thought it would be as simple as putting the work in and doing the math, but for me it has taken a while with lots ups, downs and struggle.  However the lessons I’ve learned about life and myself are invaluable which I think has been the true treasure.  So I say to you, anything worth having is worth fighting for and I encourage you to fight for yours!

Please comment below.  I would love to hear how you are holding you to your resolutions and if this post has helped you in any way.


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30 comments :

  1. This year I've already claimed so many things! Write the vision, make it plain. That is my mantra. Each day I wake up excited to see what's next.

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    1. I agree with that Melody because if it isn't written down it is just a very good dream!

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  2. These are awesome tips! That whole saying "don't bite off more than you can chew" is so real. I'm definitely one to dream big but in order to realize those dreams, we do have to create action steps and often times, call on an accountability partner or VA to help you get the job done.

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    1. So true Christine. It can get overwhelming for sure.

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  3. Great tips, I especially love #1. Lots of people set themselves p for failure by trying to go from 0 to 60 rather than take baby steps. You have to really know what you lifestyle can handle and be realistic.

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    1. It is so much easier to dream than to execute :)

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  4. I need to follow a blog yours Gina! I love your transparency. I truly need to get up of of my hinny and put the chicken wings down! lol. Thanks for sharing these awesome tips!

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    1. Would love to have you Cassandra. We can keep each other accountable. Chicken wings are a legit struggle lol!

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  5. These are smart suggestions. I get so discouraged when I have setbacks. Thanks for reminding us that we can keep moving forward in small ways, and that plans are good. Thanks so much,

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    1. Lynne, I'm glad you found something useful in the post.

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  6. I'm bad with mantras. There are so many good ones I can't just choose a main one.

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    1. A great tip would be to pick one is applicable to your current situation.

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  7. These are really great tips! I will definitely be sharing...I think #1 is huge. You have to do what's best for you and reassess if you're not reaching your goal. #wowlinkup

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  8. Let me say it is MIND over MATTER so whatever your mind believes, your body will achieve. With that said get PAST your comfort zone. That is not going to get you the results. GET comfortable with UNCOMFORTABLE! Straight up. Good luck on your endeavors I know you will make it. #wowlinkup

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  9. Mantras are good as long as you day it daily especially upon getting up in the morning. I love your tips and going to share them with some of my clients. #wowlinkup

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    1. Sheila you are right. They work when we set them as a priority.

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  10. Yes, yes! Never give up! Sometimes it's the smallest thing, like scaling back or creating some positive words (a mantra, as you said) to get through a difficult, trying, or busy spot! :)

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  11. Great tips on ways to not give up! A small step towards achieving our goals is a whole lot better than discarding them completely because we haven't been following the steps we had initially planned perfectly.

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    1. Kristen you are so right, 'initially planned perfectly' has been a big problem area for me. I had to learn to break it down. Thanks for popping by!

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  12. What a lovely post and great tips! I'm very much like you in that once I decide on something, I go after it full force. It's a very good thing, but it also means I'm putting a lot of pressure on myself, sometimes too much. Thank you for letting me know I'm not alone, and thank you for linking up! There's still a lot of 2015 left, so hopefully we can all achieve our goals - or at least take a big step toward them!

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  13. Love it! So important to know what you can actually fit into your current schedule.. (great to connect via MomResource!)

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    1. Thanks Johlene. Sometimes it doesn't go as planned but we got to get it in.

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  14. You know what friend... you are trying and that accounts for everything. Life is busy, life is hectic and as long as you live by your own words and don't give up, you are still a success. I am so thrilled you joined me at my first party this week. I look forward to seeing your journey in the days ahead. You got this.

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    1. Thanks Michelle. Very encouraging and much appreciated.

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  15. I didn't meet all of my goals for January and February just seemed to happen somehow. Yet, January wasn't a bust because I made progress in so many areas. And, I'm happy with where I'm at. I'm happy to be moving forward because it's not always about achievement, but also the journey! :)

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