Thursday, August 15, 2013
Time to take a long hard look at how far I've come towards reaching those New Year's resolutions that I had set just 8 months ago. I can honestly say that on the health and fitness side of things, I haven't made much progress. I've read that people who make and then break their New Year's resolutions are still more likely to make changes over time than people who never make them in the first place. Here's to chalking one up for the hustlers.
I'm re-examining my motivation and taking control of my environment. This time around, I will succeed.
One thing I've found that has really helped me, mentally, is to be consistent in my choices (Random: I just stubbed my toe on my chair, OW!). Back to the point, of course we all have the broad goal to exercise and be healthy because it makes us feel better. That's cool and all, but I think what's helped motivate me even more this time around is to create more SPECIFIC goals that are REALISTIC and GRADUAL.
I used to be like "Okay, next week I'm going to bike 2 towns away and back," yeah that didn't help at all and I didn't even bike 1 town away. I am taking a mental x-ray of myself now and I realize that I'm not the athlete that I once was, but I CAN work towards being in that shape once again by setting up smaller goals. I truly believe that once you accomplish one goal, you'll be more motivated to set and accomplish another.
It's time to look into our values and reconnect with them. I want to keep in check that my values and lifestyle choices reflect one another, always. To let go of all negative thoughts. Not be so negative on myself if I mess up and miss a day of exercise. This kind of negativity results in frustration and loss of control, and especially the high chance that makes a person want to give up. I think the best I can do about it is to consider it a long term process and see what happened to trigger the slip so I can avoid it next time. I don't want to fall into the trap of "all or nothing" that says to follow your plan perfectly or not do it at all. Remember...it's a PROCESS, make PROGRESS.
PS. This is my first blog entry, ever. I don't know why I'm even doing it but I think it helps me visualize my goals and is mentally reinvigorating. To anyone who is reading this for some reason, I hope that you have goals, are working towards reaching them, and accomplish them one day. Stay 100%.