MAD COOL FITNESS Perspective on What to Do to Position For New Year’s Resolution Success
What’s up MAD COOL FITNESS CREW! It is once again that time of year when we start the New Year with a promise of a new life, new you. Often we start out in a blaze of glory of what we’re going to do FOREVER, only to flame out just a smidge short of forever… in some cases with resolutions broken within a mere 48 hours!
The truth is we make common mistakes each year which keep us from positioning ourselves for success and therefore we fail to stick to our self-made promises. Quite frankly, we play ourselves.
So, how do we get caught up in this vicious Charlie Brown, Lucy, and the football cycle each year, making the same promises and failing to reach our goals? How is it we make the same mistakes every year and we are unable to realize our dreams of “getting skinny this time” and staying that way?
1) We often bite off more that we can chew
2) We have formulated no plan to execute
3) We have no support mechanism in place to support the plan. Why? Because we have NO PLAN!
What is that expression? “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” A little trite but true. You gotta have a plan.
Before we get into the plan, we have to talk about goals and effective goal setting. Setting proper goals will help formulate a realistic and executable plan. To position for success, (you guys have probably heard this before) but they need to be SMART:
Here is an example of a SMART goal – “My high school reunion is in 3 months. My goal is to lose 10 pounds over 8-10 weeks. I’m going to attend the 6 am spin class (an activity I enjoy) at my gym, 3 times a week, (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday), followed by 20 mins of weights, (upper, lower, and total body for 4 weeks), assess how I’m feeling and where I am vs my weight loss goal and adjust accordingly.”
Here is an example of an Un-SMART goal – “Girrrrl, my high school reunion is coming up in two weeks and I need to lose 15 pounds. I just gotta get this weight up off me. I’ve got to stop eatin’. I’m doing good so far and I’ve already lost 2 pounds in three days. I already bought the dress (it’s hot!) that’s two sizes too small. The only thing I’ve had to eat is salad with carrot sticks. No dressing. I am HONGRY and CRANKY. Why? Because I’m HONGRY! But I’m going to stick with it though…I can do it…” Until somebody comes around with a 12 piece and some biscuits smothered in gravy. Rut-roh.
A little heavy-handed but you get the picture.
The “how” to make a plan and stick to it is always a mystery, the “special sauce” lettuce, cheese, pickles, unions on a sesame seed bun. (I used to be a Big Mac connoisseur J)
Here’s the MAD COOL FITNESS perspective on how to be successful in sticking with your New Year’s wellness resolutions:
M –Make the specific goal using SMART principles
A – Assess what it’s going to take for you to make your goal happen. What is “the plan”? You’re going to work out 3 days a week. How will you make sure it will happen? WRITE THE PLAN DOWN and refer to it regularly to ensure you are following it. Don’t just stick it in your sock drawer.
D – be Determined. Visualize the new you and stick with the plan even when the going gets tough.
C – get your CREW together. You need support. When the going gets tough, lean on your CREW. Don’t try to do this by yourself. Grab a girlfriend and get going. Share your fitness journey!
O – get Organized. Example: pack you gym bag the night before, get your behind in the bed so you can get up the next day, know what you’re going to do when you get there so you’re not stumbling around in the morning trying to figure it out on the fly. If you don’t pack your stuff the night before there’s a good chance you will not make it out of the house to the gym. If you don’t plan what you are going to do before you get there, you will have a less than effective workout which means you may not show up the next day. Get organized.
O – Own your “failures” and use them as an opportunity to learn. Don’t beat yourself up about them. Figure out what went wrong that you suddenly find yourself eating a pint of Ben & Jerry’s chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream you picked up on impulse coming home from work, and are now staying up late watching the Real Housewives of Atlanta marathon, vs drinking the hemp seed smoothie in your refrigerator that you pre-made that morning and planned to drink and go to bed early. Hmmmm….How did this happen and where do we go from here? Play a little forensic psychology with yourself and then go back and re-assess your plan.
L– Laugh. You must laugh, even when you fall off the resolution wagon. We all “mess up”. You are not alone. This is a process. Enjoy it!
With these tools you are well on your way to having a MAD COOL New Year. We’ll be with you every step of the way.
Jennifer & the MAD COOL FITNESS CREW!