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A New Years Plan to Follow

I know. January is just about over and here I am writing to you about a plan you should follow in the new year. Why? Because your best intentioned “resolution” isn’t going to work. I know. So pessimistic of me. Couldn’t I be more positive? Fact of the matter is, you’ll always have my support but reality is reality. 80% of those who make resolutions fail by February; less than 8% actually see them all the way through. Every. Year. Not great odds. The real issue with resolutions is that they are thoughts, emotional ones at that. Thoughts with no plan, no direction, or no real goal. I am here to tell you that none of this has to be fantasy. It indeed can be a reality. It has to begin though not as a thought but a course of action; a plan/statement as to what you’re actually going to do, not hope or when it’s convenient.

Best Foot Forward

My domain is exercise, nutrition, and health so let’s first start with that. If you’re going to start exercising but haven’t exercised CONSISTENTLY in the last two months – STOP! Starting an exercise program in January is no different than starting one in October. If you didn’t have the intentions then, you won’t have them now. Think of just getting moving. May be it’s a walk at lunch time; a few calisthenics upon waking up; just spending more time not sitting. Eventually you may find yourself seeking more activity, or may be not. The point here is that it becomes something coming out of an action, not a thought. Want to lose weight? Stop with the following of diet plans, potions, programs that promise quick, easy solutions. They don’t care whether you succeed. In fact, they’re counting on you not so you’re susceptible to their marketing again next year. Begin with small, achievable changes like adding a glass of water to your day; eat out less, pack food more; stop giving up foods and embrace eating more. Understand that eating is a means to survival, not an evil activity to be shunned or treated like a plague. Improve your relationship with food/eating before you think of following any program. There are no metabolism resets, cleanses, or any ridiculous rituals to fixing something that no one has a handle on. Long term, sustainable weight loss is a daily activity, not a 6/8 week program.

Making Some Real Changes

Not all resolutions need to be exercise and/or nutrition based. Prove to yourself that first you can set something up, achieve it, and feel proud about seeing it all the way through. It has to start with a belief, not a thought or hope. Following are some ideas to do to get you started, pumped up about seeing the one thing that eludes you – accomplishment.

• Get more quality sleep
• Eat vegetables at every meal
• Meditate
• Spend more time outside
• Actually eat your fruit before it goes bad
• Get back in touch with old friends
• Don’t watch tv or use the computer during meals
• Stretch and improve your flexibility
• Drink herbal tea instead of coffee
• Concentrate on improving your posture
• Cook and prepare lunch instead of relying on processed foods
• Stop biting your nails
• Compliment someone every day
• Cut back on your sodium intake
• Regularly donate unworn and ill-fitting clothing to a local shelter
• Clean your pantry and throw out expired food each month
• Cut down on the amount of plastic you use each day
• Re-try foods that you hate, but haven’t eaten in years
• Delete a social media account
• Keep a journal

Til next time, train smart, eat well, and be better.

12 Days of Fitness 2016: Day 11 – A Resolution or A Plan?

(This is Part 11 of a 12 part series to provide you with some useful health and fitness info over the holiday season)

The English language can be a complex thing. In fact, scholars say it is one of the hardest languages in the world to learn.  Hard to believe when most of us take it for granted.  But think for a moment how a particular word can be defined several different ways while two different words that sound alike, can be spelled differently, and have absolutely nothing in common in their definitions.  Add to that the poor grammar and slang that is used in everyday language and even our English teachers would be ashamed.  Spoken vocabulary can be confusing and sometimes questionable, and there is no better proof of that than the use and meaning of the word resolution.

A Resolution?

Yes, it is that time of year again.  The holidays are upon us and a new year is just around the corner.  This time of year can be both a time of celebration and a time of reflection to look back on the previous year and make our resolution for the next year – a year of promise and new beginnings.  From my professional and personal experience however, the resolutions that people make appear to be the same every year.  That would indicate that not much of a change or improvement has been made over the past year.  Perhaps a resolution is not the answer or even the correct word to use.  Webster’s Dictionary defines “resolution” several different ways: a decision to do something; an analysis; a firmness of purpose; a statement that solves a problem; clarity of the computer screen measured in pixels – to name a few.  Notice however that nowhere in the definition does it say anything about planning, goal setting, or action.  With the exception of how good your computer images look, a resolution is nothing more than a thought or idea. We can all decide to make a change, but how are we going to go about it?  We can analyze the past year but how are we going to change it?  We can clearly state our goal, but what and how many steps is that going to take?  We can solve the problem, but how are we going to avoid it from happening again? In essence, by its definition, a resolution is nothing more than merely talk without any required action.

A Plan?

Conversely, a plan as defined by Webster’s is a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished.  By comparing these two definitions, a resolution is in essence the idea and a plan is the clearly defined action process.  To clarify that comparison, look no further than the world of business.  In business, companies take that first step of starting up a business by drawing up a business plan, not a business resolution.  Afterall, if it were a business resolution, the ideas while they may sound great would never come to fruition unless the necessary plan was in place. Great business ideas are thought of everyday, but only the ones with a plan ever take off.  Therefore, would it not be beneficial for us to develop a New Year’s “plan” as opposed to another New Year’s resolution. To borrow the cliché’ phrase, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”, speaks volumes about how success can be attained and failure can be avoided.

The first of the year has always been synonymous with new beginnings, but there is never a better time than the present.  Do yourself a favor this year.  Do not wait until January 1 to begin with a resolution to change, get better, improve upon, etc.  Instead, make a plan with achievable, attainable goals and resolve only to avoid making excuses.  Then once your plan of action is in full swing, come up with a resolution for that mid-year get away to the Caribbean.  Happy Holidays, enjoy the season, and all the best for a healthy and prosperous New Year!

See you tomorrow for Day 12 of the 12 Days of Fitness

Til next time, train smart, eat well, and be better

 

Just in case, here’s what you might have missed:

Day 1 – Why Not Eating Enough Won’t Help You Lose Weight
Day 2 – 5 Ways You’re Self-Sabotaging Your Workouts
Day 3 – 10 Fitness Fibs You Tell Yourself
Day 4 – Never Diet Again!
Day 5 – Benefits of Exercising in Winter – Outdoors!
Day 6 – Understanding Your Metabolism
Day 7 – The Most Addictive (And Least Addictive) Foods
Day 8 – The 10 Biggest Lies of the Weight Loss Industry
Day 9 – Are You a Closet Eater?
Day 10 – 10 Ways to Kickstart a Morning Workout