It is exactly three weeks into the new year. The holidays are planted squarely in the rear view mirror and we have become accustomed to writing “2014” in stead of “2013” (I hope!)
Three weeks in to the new year and for most of us the excitement and promise of new years goals has begun to fade. We no longer have that “oomph” that propelled us to create goals that we intend to keep throughout the year. Something about January 1 makes us want to start brand new, but now its January 21 and we need a bit of a pick me up.
Personally when I wrote my fitness goals for 2013 I was full of high expectations and I was beyond thrilled to get started. The first two weeks of the year were fantastic (isn’t that always the case?) I was hitting my workouts, trying different things–I was inspired to be GREAT. After all, I know in order to finally get to my goal weight, I will have to switch things up, and often.
However, when I got sick last week, it was an unexpected detour on the weight loss journey. You see, a cold I can manage. Coughing, runny noses, head colds–they have never phased my workouts–like EVER. I even went to the gym all during a bout with Walking Pneumonia, (to my defense I had no clue I was that sick) but that just proves my point that it takes a lot for me not to go get my “me” time at the gym.
Last week though, I was really surprised by the effects it had on my body. Since it was a stomach bug, I expected the weakness, but it wasn’t my first time with it so I expected a full recovery within 2 days. The sickness left, but the weakness stuck around for another 5 days…my workout mojo disappeared.
All of a sudden, I started feeling really fat. I don’t like to use the “f” word, but I felt it. With that came a want for all the bad foods. If it was bad, I wanted it. All of it. Its a good thing there aren’t any horrible foods in the house because I would have went to town!
The truth about the matter is, I didn’t feel good about myself because I wasn’t moving. To go from 5 workouts a week to nothing in 4 days was playing mind games on me. My weight on the scale didn’t move up, yet I felt so bad in my bones.
This made me realize that we all have our different goals, and sometimes, crazy random ridiculous things come and sidetrack you. You can be ready to do it, start off with the biggest and best intentions and then, that one thing–takes you so off course, that you somehow have trouble getting back on track. As a a result, that goal will never happen.
Three Ways To Stick To Your Goals In 2014
Have A Plan: Having a plan is crucial to meeting any goal. Writing things down, making lists, breaking things up and even delegating tasks. Whatever it takes to get on the road. Having clear cut plan on how you intend to reach your goals makes things a lot easier when you are following some sort of guide.
Expect The Unexpected: Like my sickness, I was completely thrown and discouraged when I couldn’t workout and eat the way I needed to in order to continue losing weight. As many plans as we lay, we don’t know all of the variables that can happen along the way. Expecting the unexpected at least gives you a cushion and a head start mentally of finding a way to make that goal happen.
Be reasonable/Love Yourself: KNOW that you can actually make this happen. If you can’t then maybe you can start making steps to actually execute it NEXT year instead of 2014. Running a marathon in 3 months is the type of decision that may not be the wisest choice. This applies to all areas, all goals. Make sure you are biting off as much as you can chew, and in some cases you might need to nibble. Accomplishing small goals on the way to your BIG goal is WAY better than failing at a goal that was completely impossible in the first place. (Listen to your gut, it knows when you are being impossible)
I went to the gym yesterday and found my mojo again. When I started within the first five minutes my body ached and begged for mercy. I even got a slight headache! I kept pushing through and I felt good. By the time I was done, I even loved how I looked in the mirror (something about a good workout will do that to you every single time :)). Back on track for my goals, and mentally back in the drivers seat. Crazy things are going to happen, we know, in the end it’s all about the recovery.
Don’t forget to join me for my Blogging While Brown January Blog Carnival Twitter Chat tonight @ 7pm where we will be talking about How To Stick With Your Healthy Resolutions Throughout The Year. I have some amazing panelists and you can follow the conversation with the hashtag #bwbfit!