I personally believe that I will set myself up for failure if I try to do the trendy thing and set New Years Resolutions. I read a fantastic article today on Active.com about this very subject and to this day it is the first thing that made sense to me when it comes to this subject. Just to give you an idea of what I read, it goes something like this, written by Coach Jenny Hadfield.
"I learned a great deal about resolutions during the early part of my professional career. I spent 10 Januarys implementing "New Year—New You" motivational programs geared to get employees moving and grooving after a long holiday season.
The programs were successful—for some, but not for nearly 80 percent of the participants. That's right, only 20 percent of the people achieved the six-week goal of moving regularly. You may be witness to this effect at your own gym. It's the season where you can't run on your favorite treadmill because there is a long line of people waiting. And five weeks later, it's all yours again because they fade into the distance.
Rather than focus on lighting a fire under the majority of people, I spent my time observing the habits of the people that were making healthy change and came up with this list of things that made them all highly successful resolution achievers."
Some of the things from the list she wrote about were:
1. Be realistic. It's okay to think big, as long as you start small. The number one reason for resolution drop out is launching into doing too much, too soon and making too drastic a transition from where you were when you started.
2. Go deeper. Avoid pinning your target on a number. Losing 25 pounds, finishing the race 10 minutes faster—these are all external outcomes. Wrap your goal around something intimate and achievable like sleeping more hours, weaving clean foods slowly into your diet, improving your pacing skill to finish stronger. It's not about a number—it's about a deeper quality of life. When you focus inward, the outcomes happen naturally.
3. Think evolution not revolution. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither is a fitness goal. You can build a stick house in a day, but it will only protect you until the very first storm hits. Don't get caught up in all the short-term hype—invest in the long term.
4. Start when you're ready. There is no clause stating you must start when everyone else does on January 2. Make your plan, put it on your calendar and start when you're ready.
There were actually more pointers, 10 to be exact but these are the ones that stuck in my head and made perfect sense.
So with that said, I go back to what my title says, I will resolve to do only 2 things because everything else I'm doing I've been doing and will continue to do for a lifetime!
I resolve to write at least one blog per week in SparkPeople but most importantly I resolve to continue the lifestyle I have created over the past 12 years. That lifestyle has taught me to be a better, fitter and healthier person. Regardless of what I am doing or how I am doing it, I will continue to strive for the best health and the best well-being for the rest of my life.
So here's to all of my SparkPeople....cheers to you and HAPPY NEW YEAR in 2012 and going forward!!!
See you all on SP on the Healthy and Happy side!!!