92% of people fail to keep their New Year’s Resolutions.
Are you one of them? I think if we took a survey of people in the Charleston area this year we’d find that a lot have already let their resolutions slip!
The beginning of January brought snow to the area that hasn’t been seen in close to 30 years. And let’s face it, we are not prepared for snow! I have repeatedly heard from friends and clients that they hadn’t left the house in days. For most, this forced hibernation means no exercise and an increase in eating – especially comfort foods.
That is a sure-fire way to break our resolutions before they really get a chance to start!
Does that mean that we are destined to spend 2018 in the same place we were during 2017?
Of course not!! If you are committed to more than “sticking to a resolution” but instead to creating a lifestyle change then this unexpected snow delay is merely that – a delay.
When we try to stick to a resolution we typically say, “I won’t do this,” or “I’m giving up that,” or “I will ABCD every day” and either we do it or we don’t and missing one day usually creates a downward slide we can’t recover from.
On the other hand, creating a lifestyle change requires goal setting, planning, commitment, and re-evaluation but it can last. Creating a life style change is a journey. We may move forward quickly at times, slower at others, and occasionally not at all but the difference is that we keep going. It is the understanding of the process that helps us take our “bad” days, learn from them and then keep moving forward.
Is your goal to lose 20 pounds (and probably gain it back) or is your goal to create a lifestyle of exercise and nutrition that leads to weight loss and keeps it off? You’ve probably heard the quote, “a dream without a plan is just a wish.” Planning is key to knowing the steps you need to take toward our goal and when you’ve met them.
Once we know our goals and have a plan, we are ready to move forward into new territory. We have to realize that some days we will be perfect in following our plan and other days we will really mess it up. But, because we have a plan, we don’t quit. We re-evaluate and keep moving forward. That is how we accomplish a life style change.
At Coastal Rowing Studio we know the value of creating a healthier lifestyle and are committed to helping our clients reach their goals.