Taking Stock and Moving Forward
A new year is underway. This is a time when people will make New Year’s resolutions. I don’t make new year’s resolutions, but I do like to “take stock”. I like to reflect on the past year, at least with respect to my fitness/nutrition. Have I achieved what I had hoped? If not, then what happened? How can I make changes for the coming year to get me closer to whatever goals I have set for myself?
I don’t think we need to beat ourselves up if we find that we haven’t achieved our goals. But, I do think it is important to do a bit of soul searching. Was I as commited to my goals as I should/could have been? I think we all like to set goals, whether it’s to lose a few pounds, get more active or start a fitness regime. But how commited are we to those goals and are they important enough to us to keep us on track.
Being commited and having realistic goals established is the first step. But then, getting started is the next step. Sometimes the task at hand is daunting and overwhelming, and just getting started proves to be a difficult step.
How do you make those changes? Where do you start? Well, you start with baby steps. And don’t be afraid to ask for help – whether it be a fitness professional, a nutrition specialist or even a friend. It is not necessary for you to be perfect every day. It is necessary though, that you take some responsibility to make the best effort, no matter how small. It is consistency that wins the race.
Here are some small changes you can incorporate right away.
If you never eat breakfast, then your challenge will be to add that most important meal to your day. It doesn’t have to be a huge meal. Something as easy as a yogurt and piece of fruit. How about a protein smoothie – protein supplement made with skim milk, some berries, a little flax seed and breakfast is done.
If you have the habit of working through your meal times; then your challenge will be to take a few minutes and stop for your meals. Do not skip lunch or your snacks. Remember we strive for 3 meals and two small snacks each day.
If you are managing a gym workout 2-3 times a week, it is sometimes tough how to fit in some extra conditioning (fat burning workouts) How about the extra aerobic exericse? Adding extra cardio in your day doesn’t have to be a huge chore. Extra aerobic work can be done in as little as 10 minute increments. In fact, it is the intensity that is important, not necessarily the length of time. It is not necessary to do 20-30 minutes at once. If it is easier to break it into smaller, manageable pieces then do so. It is the cumulative effect we are looking for. Just try to make sure that the 10 minutes is a bit of work, ok? Try to get your heart rate up; it should not be a mall walk but more a mall march !
So, here we have just a couple of ideas to help you get started. Don’t wait until next week to think about them. Start planning now. Take a look at your daily schedule and see where you can make small changes. Those small steps taken now with turn into huge strides and result in you achieving or getting closer to your goal.
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