To resolve or not to resolve, that is the question

Here it is, January 1, and everyone is making all kinds of resolutions. Many of those resolutions are centered around some form of health and fitness.  Most people go on crazy diets, join fitness centers and enroll in fitness classes.  The first few weeks are great, however, as the month goes on, the desire to continue this new passion begins to fade. Next thing you know, you’re back to your old routine and your resolution is back on the shelf until next January 1. Guess what? It’s not even February and you have already given up on resolutions. How do I know this? I have done it several times so I am very aware of the process. So now you ask, what changed? How do you stay focused? How do you continue going even when you want to quit? Answer: I stopped making resolutions.  

I found out that when you really want to do something or you really want something to change in your life, you don’t resolve to do it, you set a goal. Why do you set a goal?  Goals are personal; goals are just for you. Regardless of what anyone else says or does, when you set a goal you give yourself something to look forward to, something to reach for. When setting goals, you must also reward yourself along the way. Set a goal but then give yourself some mini milestones. When you reach those milestones, treat yourself with whatever makes you happy. For me, its birthday cake, cherry coke and shoes, *smile*.  

Why are health and fitness not things you can resolve? Because they are lifestyle changes. When you are changing things in your life, you really have to want those things to change and then work towards changing them. You also have to go into these lifestyle changes with an open mind, knowing that life may happen and things may change. When it does, it’s ok to make adjustments. Only you know the goals you have set- adjust them a little, who’s going to know? Also, HAVE FUN! Just because you are changing the way you think, eat and work out doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. You can still eat, drink and be merry. You are not dieting, you are choosing to live healthier and smarter, so do you! Just remember this is for you, you know the goals you have set and having fun doesn’t change those goals. Above all, remember the only person that needs to be happy is you. If you’re happy with you, there is nothing that anyone else can say or do that changes the Power of You.  

So don’t be pressured by friends, family, fads and resolutions. Set some goals, stick with them, and if you mess up, it’s ok-get back to it! Lastly, have fun and make it your choice to live healthy and happy!

Written by Tara Bivens, 2017 Fitness Ambassador