I just wanted to check in and see how everyone is doing with their New Years resolutions. Have you quit smoking yet? Have you gotten to the gym every day? The likely answer is no. Unfortunately, by mid-January most people have abandoned their resolutions and realized that their life really is the same year after year…for the most part. Many resolutions take a sincere commitment, such as quitting smoking, working out more, working less, etc. And, most of us don’t actually sit down, write out our resolutions for January 1st, and write out a plan of how we are going to accomplish these resolutions!
My challenge to everyone (including myself) is to sit down and write that plan out…from beginning to end….no excuses! It doesn’t have to be January 1st to make a resolution to change something in your life. AND…we still have time to complete those resolutions!!
Some things to consider when creating your Plan of Action:
Create a realistic timeline
Build the plan out long-term with small timelines and short-term goals and deadlines included
Build in rewards for yourself for accomplishing certain goals
Create a back up plan in case you become derailed from your initial plan
Don’t beat yourself up if you get off track – just get right back on track!
Find someone close to you to help keep you honest about your plan and goals (both short- and long-term goals)
Stick to one or two main goals – don’t overwhelm yourself
My Plan of Action may look something like this:
Goal: Workout a minimum of 4 days a week
Week 1: Ride bike to the gym, rest for a few minutes, ride home. Repeat on Mon, Tue, Thurs, and Fri.
Week 2: Ride bike to the gym, complete 10 minutes worth of weights, ride home. Repeat on Mon, Tue, Thurs, and Fri.
Week 3: Ride bike to the gym, complete 15 minutes worth of weights, ride home. Repeat on Mon, Tue, Thurs, and Fri.
Week 4: Ride bike to the gym, complete 20 minutes worth of weights, ride home. Repeat on Mon, Tue, Thurs, and Fri.
Days can be changed to accommodate schedule. If I was successful for one week, I get one medium ice cream cone from Baskin Robbins. Goal is to increase amount of time working with weights per day to a maximum of 45 minutes. If I miss one day then I will make the day up the following free day I have. I will rely on my husband to help motivate me to get to the gym after work.
Have you created your Plan of Action yet?