Sounds so cliché, doesn’t it? Yet this saying is said by so many of us right after the ball drops ushering in another year. What does one mean by this exactly though? Everyone has New Year’s Resolutions that are very rarely accomplished and although they put in a few minutes of thought on what they’d actually like to create for their lives in the New Year, usually by the first of February those resolutions are quickly forgotten and we are right back to our old same routine, our old same thinking and our regular, comfortable life, with no real commitment for change because after all, that would require work and effort.
So, first, maybe we should start by giving recognition to the “old” me, since you are determined at this point still in January to change it. What really great things did the old me do for you last year? Did it stay relatively healthy, fighting off colds and flu season, or that 48 hour stomach bug brought home by one of your children that everyone got, except you? Maybe the “old me” kept you super calm and collected three months ago during that stressful work meeting. Maybe it even gave you the strength and confidence to get out of an abusive relationship you hung out in way too long. So what, if after that relationship ended you fell off the wagon and gained 15 lbs. Maybe you should thank your body first for getting you through some big obstacles.
Now that you have cut yourself a moment of slack, on to the task at hand. What exactly do you mean by, “New year, New Me”? This is actually a very broad term. Since “Losing weight” is the number one New Year’s resolution by just about.. well.. EVERYBODY, let’s start there. So, you want to lose weight. What is your game plan? Now that the holidays are over, and New Year’s Eve, and all of the New Year ’s Day left overs are finally out of the house, we are in to the second week of the year, is it a safe time to evaluate that? You see, a failure to plan is really a plan to fail, and although you have vowed for the last 10 years to lose weight, this truly is your year! So, I say again, what is your game plan?
Write it down! You want to lose weight? How much weight? Are we talking numbers on the scale, total inches lost, or fitting back in to our skinny jeans, or all of the above? Unfortunately, yes, this resolution is going to take effort and work. Despite what the diet and nutritional companies try to tell you, there is no magic pill. It’s going to take nutritional guidance and hours and sweat, (yes, sweat) put in to get you where you want to be. Luckily for you, at Wicked Fitness we can get you right on your way. The biggest trick is not losing sight of your goal. Life happens, but change is also possible if you stick to the plan!
What else would you like to change about the old me? Write that down too. You see, almost as if sending a direct message to the universe, when you write something down it puts it in your face and gives it power. Now that we have the weight resolution out of the way, what else would you change about the life you have? A new job or promotion? Alright, what is it going to take to get you there? More schooling? Again, what’s your game plan?
What about your mental resolutions? These ones are not as commonly thought of. Things like, “meditate more”, “change my thinking “, “Read more” , “Write in a journal”, “Start loving myself”, these are often forgotten altogether or quickly moved passed in the chaos of everyday life. These can be just as important as all the physical, in your face goals of a new year like fitness and careers.
You see, nothing that is truly rewarding comes without hard work and sacrifice. Most people get so caught up in not really wanting to work for change that they fall into their same patterns repeating year after year because they are comfortable, and venturing out of that comfort zone would really shake the boat. Comfortable bears the same results, whether that be in your physical body, career, or everyday life. However, when you rock the boat, do something out of the usual, take steps that make waves toward your goal, this is where change starts to happen. Change in your body, your mind, and your overall reality. NO change can happen without steering the course and following through. So, is this really going to be a year of change, rebirth, and redesign? Every journey starts with the first step. Are you ready to take yours?