Have a realistic and attainable goal. Throw out any resolutions to look like a Victoria’s Secret runway model. God has made each one of us different, with our own specific body type and shape. We need to learn to be content with who we are, and pray for that strength as we take on any new workout or when trying to change eating habits. Honestly, resolving to look like Miranda Kerr is not realistic for most of us. But, pursuing daily physical activity, looking food and feeling good in our lives is very possible.
Craft a plan. Write a comprehensive plan on how you plan to achieve your fitness goals. Just like all successful businesses start with a business plan that describes a mission and specifics on how they will achieve it, detailing the specifics on your own personal plan will likely help you achieve them more, too.
Break down your goals so you’re not overwhelmed. Set several smaller goals to achieve throughout the year that will get you to the one big goal you have in mind. For example, if your goal is to run a half-marathon, make it less intimidating. Start with running a mile, or a 5K, then lead up to a 10K, and so forth. That way, if you aren't able to reach your final goal, you will have made many smaller, but still very significant, achievements along the way.
Give it time. Don’t expect overnight results! Most experts agree that it takes about 21 days to create a habit and six months for it to actually become a part of your daily life.
Be accountable. Friends and family are the best support system, so ask them to help you so they can encourage you throughout the year, as well as be people you’re accountable to.
Finally, take the pressure off yourself! Know that no matter what, if you are happy on the inside it will reflect on the outside, no matter how big, small or fit you are. You have to be comfortable in your own skin; no one can decide what is best for your body but you. Don't try to be another person's size! That will never happen.
What are your other NYE resolutions?
Happy 2012 to everyone!
xoxoxo Gretchen Christine