The Truth About Setting Realistic New Year’s Fitness Goals
We’re 23 days into the new year and I’m going to get real with you on today’s #WellnessWednesday post. I’m just going to say what you’re all thinking when it comes to working out and your new year’s health goals.
You know what realistic New Year’s fitness goals are?
That no matter what health goals you’ve set for 2019, you’ve already failed.
Let’s be real here.
You’ve already missed at least one sweat session 23 days into the new year. I missed the first two weeks myself. You’ve also eaten a cookie or two. Or three. Or in my case, three sleeves of a three-sleeved cookie package. (And that’s with me successfully avoiding Girl Scouts like the plague because #Samoas.)
Oh and if you’re on a streak, it may just involve having a cheat meal for seven days straight.
Am I right or am I right?
Hey, there’s no shame. It’s all about making progress and not needing to know everything before you start. You know, that being perfect thing.
Setting fitness resolutions has never worked for me. Trust me, I’ve tried it. Setting a goal to lose x number of pounds, not getting nowhere near that number and then sulking with a pint of ice cream because you’ve missed your goal.
Well friends, I’m here to tell you the truth about setting realistic New Year’s fitness goals. Are you ready for it?
You can set and achieve your new year’s fitness goals…as long as they’re realistic. VERY realistic.
But you have to know some hardcore truths before you begin.
IT’S HARD, BUT NOT HARD.
Doing one rep isn’t difficult. Doing ten reps four times? That’s tough, especially when your body is on fire and your mind is like, “Dude, what are you doing?! Stop it. Stop it right now. This instant!”
Beginning your health journey is hard. On the other hand, it’s not hard either.
Stay with me here.
We all know that the formula to losing weight is to eat healthy, get enough sleep, drink water and work out. That’s not hard because we know the answer, right? But it’s also hard because we know the answers to losing weight yet we still don’t do what we know is right.
Truth: Why must losing weight be hard, but not hard? Because we’ll always be wrestling with what’s easy and fun over what’s difficult and boring. Once you acknowledge this fact, setting your fitness goals is a lot less intimidating.
SUCCESS IS BASED ON YOUR COMMITMENT NOT YOUR FEELINGS.
Starting a new fitness goal is easy, but staying motivated in the gym takes consistency even when you have those “I don’t feel like it” days. I mean, fellow human being, Henry Cavill said it himself. And you know we’ve all made that same face he made in his photo, haha!
Even eating the same meals over and over again is not something anyone feels like doing.
Who really thinks, “I love chicken, rice and veggies so much that I’m going to eat it every single day!”? I know Chris Evans, Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Mark Wahlberg (just to name a few) hate the eating part when they’re working on bulking up. And yet they still do it. Why? Commitment over tears- I mean, feelings.
Truth: Once you understand the difference between commitment and emotion, you’ll be able to put yourself in an easier position to win. Powering through workouts and making that choice to eat healthy will happen more often.
EVOLVING AND GROWING YOUR MINDSET IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOU THINK
How your mindset is shaped determines your outlook on health and fitness. If you hate working out, start changing your mindset. Focus on how you’ll feel after your workout. After a good #SweatSesh, take note of how much your energy has increased and how happier you feel. I mean, no one ever regrets a workout because of how good it feels after they’re done.
Why not focus on the positive instead of the negative? Note: More than half of the health battle is your mindset so your desire on how you want to FEEL needs to outweigh the desire of how you want to LOOK.
Truth: The mental part is the key to hitting your fitness goals. The physical part of how your body looks is a positive side effect.Who you're becoming will always determine the quality and direction of your life. - Hal Elrod Click To Tweet
I’m not going to lie. When I feel like death is imminent during a workout, I say out loud things like:
“I LOVE to work out!”
“I want Kelsey‘s arms, dang it!”
“God, help me get through this session!”
“I WILL be able to grate cheese on these abs one day!”
because of two reasons: 1) I know my body can hear what I’m saying and will perform according to what I tell it to believe and 2) I hate quitting.
And if you’re like me and hate starting over, quit quitting! Now, I’m not going to say that you’ll magically fall in love with exercising. All I’m saying is to keep going and take it one moment at a time. Forget “day”, just focus on the moment.
Truth: Take it one sweat session, one meal, one rep at a time. And when it gets hard (because it will), please refer back to No. 1 through 3.
KEEP IT SIMPLE AND HAVE FUN
You know what’s fun to me? Getting new workout shoes (APL, Nike and Adidas are a few favorite shoe brands of mine) and new workout clothes. I don’t know about you, but I just feel invincible when I wear workout gear that makes me feel good.
You know what’s also fun? Having a donut (or croissant in my case) and a coffee with cream for breakfast. And for dinner? Pizza.
Truth: Set your fitness goals by being VERY realistic. Get real with yourself. Why not make it simple? Why not have fun? And why not plan cheat meals? If you’re not going to be realistic in terms of keeping it easy and having fun, you’re going suffer through the whole process and ultimately quit. And that’s just the truth.
You know what else is true when you set New Year’s fitness goals?
There is absolutely nothing special about January 1st or even a Monday.
And if you haven’t set your New Year’s fitness goals, so? Do it now. Today.
Any day can be your January 1st.
When I made my commitment to my it’s-a-big-deal-to-me 2019 health goal, I was scared. (I mean, who wouldn’t be scared of running in the heat in Texas? My goal is to cross the finish line alive, haha!)
However, once I got to a place where I understood that the journey will be difficult, that my success is based on my commitment and that working on my mind is imperative, setting my New Year’s fitness goals got much, much easier.
And because I hate starting over and love new workout shoes and clothes, I’m getting more and more excited as I train for my relay marathon.
You know, all that focus on the positive versus the negative stuff.
The outcome you desire begins with a decision.
An honest and real decision requires commitment and effort. And your response to what happens to you (good or bad) on a day-to-day basis reveals your true level of commitment. Are you going to push through your setbacks and keep going or are you going to sulk and quit all together because of one bump in the day?
How’s that for the truth about setting realistic New Year’s fitness goals?
Friends, effort is action. You want to feel and look your best? Make a DECISION, take ACTION and don’t ever stop trying to make PROGRESS!
Growing up, I was very active. And it wasn’t until I got to college that I let life get in the way of my health. Let me tell you one thing, if I can hit my one year gym anniversary being 30 pounds heavier than I was before, you can too.
“The more we do, the more we can do.” -William Hazlitt0