For the most part, there are two scenarios in play for New Years “resolutionists” who make fitness resolutions:
1. You’re still going strong through January.
2. Or, you’re not.
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Usually by the third week of January, most gyms that have been flooded with folks who promised to get back on the fitness wagon have seen a few more open treadmills than they did in week one. By mid-February, those who are still coming are those who are really sticking with it.
Don’t worry. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. It’s called life. But that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook.
Many people will say “I’ll start back on my diet tomorrow” … or even better “on Monday.” Monday is the most common day to start a diet. Diets aside, who loves Mondays?? A lot of people are already cranky on Monday mornings because they have to go back to work, scurry tired kids out the door for school, etc. Sure. Set yourself up by starting something that may be tough.
Forget the idea of “I’ll start Monday.” Start today!
Bear in mind that “starting” doesn’t have to be some grand plan with 100 percent compliance. Everyone is different in their approach. I know people who have gone at their goals like bulldogs, and others who have taken the tiniest of baby steps to get there.
It brings me back to the words of a dietitian-turned-friend that I met years ago while I was in a weight loss program. I hope this resonates with you.
There’s a lapse … and then there’s a re-lapse.
People lapse on their diet and exercise plan. It happens. It happens one time. When you allow the lapse to happen again, it’s a re-lapse. And it gets easier to relapse again after you relapse once.
I’m a firm believer in that when people are ready, change will happen. We’re all more open to challenging ourselves when we’re open to it … and when we don’t resist it.
I’ve seen people fight it before because they weren’t really ready, and others who have that steel-eye focus and who are killing it. And like I said, everyone’s journey is different.
One friend started her 140-pound weight loss not by swapping her fast food burgers with chicken and broccoli. She started by eating fewer fast food burgers. She ate the same foods she had been eating, just less volume. (Note: I don’t encourage keeping these high-calorie, high-sodium burger choices in your diet. I am merely noting that this was her method. Since then she has radically changed her diet to a very clean, balanced diet.)
So if you’re still going after your goals like a tiger – or even like the tortoise who believes that slow and steady wins the race – then keep at it! If you’ve fallen off the wagon, just dust yourself off and start again … today. Even if it’s with one “better” choice. String enough of these “better” choices together and you’ll start to see a difference in your health.