We have made it to the New Year! Goodbye 2012 and hello 2013! I’m sure each and every one of you has accomplished many things you set out to do this past year and may even have some continuing projects/goals that you want to pursue further in the coming year. No matter what, you have a fresh start. Even if this is the year you finally decide to get healthy and strong, the past is the past and you cannot change it; you can only write your future.
So as we slowly move forward into this New Year, try to pick out long term goals and short term goals. For myself, I plan on riding and completing three 100 mile (century) bike rides this summer; this is a “long” term goal. My short term goals are to ride a certain amount of mileage each week and follow a progressive strength training program to help prepare my body for these endurance rides. Without the first step, no journey would begin. So be realistic, challenge yourself, and remember to have fun when you are setting goals for yourself. Make them worth your while to attain and then plan a reward at the end that will help motivate you when the going gets rough.
Remember, being healthy is not something you achieve overnight; it takes hard work, perseverance and help from friends and family. In our fast paced, self-obsessed, and instant gratification society it is easy to put in a few weeks of hard work and then fall off the bandwagon because results are not coming as fast as you would like. Unhealthy lifestyles have often been ingrained in us since childhood. Good habits are hard to make, but easy to break. It may be hard to change, but it is definitely not impossible. Setting reasonable goals, and checking them off one day at a time, will give you a great start!
In this new year of 2013 I challenge each and every one of you to fight for yourself, make a change, and become a healthier, happier you.
Happy New Year!