So I thought I would be another 1 in a Million who will write about making New Years Resolutions.
Simply Said…..lower your expectations, don’t have too many and be real about what you are trying to accomplish .
I am not saying HAVE low expectations, but it seems that many resolutions go to the waste side because we overwhelm ourselves with what we want to accomplish.
3 years ago, I used to work out pretty regularly, was able to run 13 miles at a 9:32 pace, did more push-ups (on my toes) than most women and men my age, and then kaboom, I stopped. I think this past year, I have struggled to begin again because running 13 miles and doing lots of push-ups seemed overwhelming. And I was exhausted before I even started. The point is my expectations were too high. I need to just get on the treadmill and walk slowly at a 12 minute pace for say 30 minutes. This feels reasonable and doable. And in the process I will build up my capacity once again. However, I am also not trying to run a half-marathon again, that isn’t my goal. I just want to get fit. This is my New Years Resolution.
Lowered my expectations, one resolution, and do something physical 4 days a week.
This seems a lot more reasonable than if I said this: For 2012, I want to lose 30 pounds, run a half marathon by April, , work out 6 days a week, add strength training three of those days, take my lunch to work, and eat out only 3 days a week. This resolution, of course would help me get fit, and even perhaps more quickly, but I also am pretty sure that at least one of those resolutions wouldn’t pan out. And from my experience success leads to confidence that you can be successful.
So start off slow and add things along the way. The invention of New Years Resolutions was a good one. It reminds us to reflect on our lives and make them better. At the same time, you can always have new resolutions in February, March, June, and November, in essence, along the way!