How is day twelve of your new years resolution going?
January 12, 2010 by vintagefitness
Did you spend some time thinking about the underlying reasons behind your new years resolutions? A resolution that is general, not time bound and life-less will not stick.
The example that I blogged about yesterday was the common “I want to lose 10 pounds” resolution. To make this resolution really work you need to:
1. Think about an emotional, important goal that losing 10 pounds will help you do. For example: “I want to walk in a 5km fundraising event in the spring with my family”
2. Really commit to the goal. If you made a resolution because it seemed like the “in” thing to do in January than you are setting yourself up for failure. If you decided that you want to train towards a 5km event in the spring sign up today and recruit a few friends to join you for your training.
3. Take baby steps. Break down your larger goal into manageable weekly milestones and write down how you are going to correct your course if you are not achieving your milestones.
Today we have transformed the vague “I want to lose 10 pounds” goal to:
I want to lose 10 pounds by April 2010 so that I can walk in a 5km race in May. I have signed up for the race and have asked two friends to walk in it with me. There are six weeks until the beginning of March which means I need to lose just over a pound every week and walk 3 times per week for 30-60 minutes per session. If I haven’t started my walks and lost a pound by January 18 I am going to call X (my friend, Vintage Fitness) for some advice.