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,
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? etc
Here I have listed 4 Simple Actionable Steps which should help us get on our way:
4 Steps to keep your #newyears #resolutions on track (tweet this)
1. What Is Manageable For You
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
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. beasting
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
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: to trying to doing
- 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
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. have happening
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
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! at
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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