Write Down Your Goals: Seriously. Right now, get up. Get a pencil & paper and push it. Write down what you want to accomplish. Highlight it, color it, draw big circles and stars around it. Then magnet that bad boy right up on the fridge; right at eye level. Oh, and by the way, put a bungie cord around the fridge handle. And while you are at it – lock up that pantry. We aren’t messing around.
Schedule It: If you don’t put exercise, meal planning time and meal prep on your calendar, it becomes really easy to kick to the side. How bad do you want it? Yeah, I want it that bad too. Just schedule it. Make laundry the negotiable appointment instead. Who cares if you go without skivvies!
Tell Someone…But Not Just Anyone: Telling the cashier at Wholefoods that you are trying to be more healthy does not constitute telling someone. Instead, tell someone who can actually help you. Scary thought isn’t it? By the way, my cell phone is at the ready. Text me!
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: No more just talking about it. Sign up for something and then pay for it! You will be more apt to use it. (I know of some great classes, gym memberships with some super adorable instructors and highly effective nutrition programs you could use.) Click HERE.
Make Your Phone Work For You. Most people have their faces buried in their phones. So use it for good! Enter alarms and put descriptions for those alarms in there. You can even set them up as recurring…every day…every hour…more annoying than my text messages…
And Then… Put Your Phone Down! Hit that alarm button to off, then PUT IT DOWN! Do you know how many minutes of exercise you could get in if you didn’t fart around with your phone? If you aren’t sure, you could go into settings and see how many minutes you are in each app. But don’t, because that would be taking away from exercise time.
Give Up The Excuses. Really, stop. I would give anything for someone to say to me, “how can I…” rather then the all-too-played-out “I can’t…” You were gifted this body and you best start to own that. Every body has strengths and weaknesses. Embrace them. Train around them. Turn your weaknesses into strengths through hard work. No more using them as a setback. At the end of this life, your excuses will not comfort you. But your victories will. It’s time to fill your life’s resume with more wins.
RSVP a Big Fat “NO” to the Pity Party. We all have them (even the people who look like they have it all together.). So feel bad. Then dust off and stand back up. This is not the party you want to make the bash of the century.
Take Measurements. This process is not on your terms. You are just going along for the ride. You don’t get to have a say on what changes first. Take measurements. All kinds of measurements. You will appreciate your hard work when you re-measure and see changes in areas you never expected. It may be in your neck, arms, legs, tummy, blood pressure, blood work or that dreaded scale. Any improvement is a job well done! (Insert Plug for the 21 Day Challenge here.)
“Keep Showing Up.” The best three words I was ever told. Courtesy of Carter Wattman, a super awesome man who died on his own terms at the ripe old age of 96. I guess he knew what he was talking about. Thanks Gramps.
Written By: Merianne C. Colletti, ACSM CPT Published in January 2016 Monthly Newsletter