New Year, New You – Are You Ready?

A new year is upon us and while it’s a time to celebrate, it’s also time for you to get serious.  Serious about your health and fitness, that is.  I’m sick of hearing people around me talk about their new year resolutions and how they are going to eat better, join the gym, exercise more often, get more rest, etc.  No one ever follows through.  It takes 21 days to form a habit.  If you can commit to 21 days, you could quite possibly be on your way to a better, healthier life.  But, you need to be willing to put in the work and dedication necessary.  Do you?

It’s Not Going to Be Easy

You might be reading this and tried the whole “healthy lifestyle” thing before and failed.  No worries, but it’s time to get back up on the horse and give it another go.  Not everyone can nail something the first time they give it a try, and now is a better time than any to recommit yourself.

Think of it as a new year, new you movement.  I want you to commit to the 21-day habit challenge.  If you can commit yourself to 21 days of eating healthy and exercising, you are more likely to stick to the process in the long run and get the results you are looking for.  Again, it’s not going to be easy.  You will have days where you’re extremely motivated as well as days you want to throw in the towel.  Just remember that every day is a new opportunity, so don’t get frustrated.  Your body can take a little time to understand what you are trying to do before it forces change.  Don’t give up.

Don’t Give Up…Don’t Ever Give Up

They say failure is not an option.  But, failure also helps us grow and understand how to navigate in this world.  Nothing worth having comes easily – remember that.  You are going to need to work for everything you want in life, and your health is no different.  Life is precious and you only have one life to live, so why not make it the best you can?

I can’t emphasize it enough, you need 21 days to form a habit.  That can be both good or bad.  21 days of not exercising will lead you down a rabbit hole of forgetting to prioritize it.  21 days of not smoking can help you kick the habit for good. See where I’m going with this?  Commitment and dedication are extremely powerful to the success or failure of anything you do in life – especially with this new year, new you challenge I’m proposing.

The Game Plan

Here is what I would like you to do.  Plan out everything.  That means look at your schedule, plan your workouts during the week, and follow through.  When you put things in your calendar, time is no longer an excuse.  Nothing can pull you away from your obligation you made to yourself.  It’s YOUR time.

With that being said, nutrition should also be prioritized.  How you can accomplish this is by planning out your meals for the week and meal prepping.  Take one day during the week (maybe a Sunday) and cook all of your meals for the week.  That way you can store them in the fridge and never have an excuse to not eat something healthy.

Lastly, write down your goals.  Make sure they are measurable and attainable.  Losing 50 pounds in one month is not going to cut it.  Remember, you can lose 1-2 pounds each week in a healthy manner. Don’t start off on the wrong foot by setting unrealistic goals which can cause you to get frustrated.

Put your goals somewhere that you can see them often, such as the fridge, your bathroom mirror, your desk or pantry.  Track your progress each weak to ensure you are heading in the right direction and make any adjustments needed to continue progressing.

When you put it all together, the end goal doesn’t seem as daunting because you have an actionable plan in place.  Make sure you stick to your commitment you made to yourself – regardless of what the goal is.  In 21 days, you should be seeing results and many of the things you thought were “too difficult” should have become second-nature and routine.  The key is to show up every day.  The only way to lose is to give up and not show up.  This is YOUR year.  It’s time to put in the work and get it done.  I believe in you and you should too.  Make this the year you take charge of your health.  New year, new you!

Article Courtesy Of Matt Weik