I noticed a few people, including myself, are struggling a bit with the New Year. People are deciding their goals and whether they are shooting too high or too low. People are stressing and putting a lot of pressure on themselves that, "THIS IS THE YEAR!!!!"
Yes, it's a new year, but RELAX. Just because it's a new year doesn't always mean you need to turn yourself all around to be perfect. Yes, everyone wants to make changes and make it "THE BEST YEAR EVER", but again RELAX. Change doesn't happen overnight and sometimes it takes years to change our habits. Patience is key, and I struggle with that daily.
Every year, I put so much pressure on myself for New Years. It's always, "This is the year I'm going to____________." I usually do well for a few weeks, maybe even a month and then I crack. There is always so much pressure to me "THE NEW ME". To be honest, I kinda like this me that I have been working on.
Last year, I was miserable until May and then I turned things around mentally and physically. MAY....not January. I started anew in May, it took me five months to even figure out a plan to fix myself. Now, seven months later, I feel so much better about myself and what I did achieve this past year. Most importantly, I have almost learned to accept myself the way I am.....at this size, this weight etc. Sure, I have my bad days, but all in all.....I feel good. I don't hid from my friends bc I think I'm too heavy, I'm cut waaayyyyy down on the self negative talk, and when I weigh in, no matter what number, it doesn't ruin my day. I accept it and move on.
I think I really just want to stay motivated and feel good about myself year round.
So, here's what I'm doing to help and motivate myself this year, in no particular order:
1) Make over my spark page
2) Buy a new running shirt or socks etc (Done!)
3) Read less self help books, but more books about people achieving there dreams and goals (started)
4) Buy a calendar and keep track of my runs and workouts with fun stickers (done)
5) Read RunnerWorld.com daily for inspiration
6) Hang my 1/2 marathon medals in my office, so I can be reminded daily of my accomplishments (done)
7) Smile and laugh more
8) Don't be scared to work out in the cold
9) Make a new vision collage for 2012
10) ENJOY 2012 with my family and friends
That's it. Nothing earth shattering, but I do have a plan.
No pressure to be the "THE BEST ME EVER" or "THIS IS THE YEAR I WILL SUCCEED!"
My goals are to stay motivated year round, have fun and hopefully lose the last 14 lbs I have on me.
Thanks for reading and the support as always!
How are you going to stay motivated this year?