Monday, February 24, 2014 • LOS ANGELES, CA 90019-1815
Well, it’s another year. You know – new year, new me! I see that phrase everywhere. There are a ton of new faces at the gym or running around the neighborhood. You know our favorite food and pharmaceutical companies start placating to our new motivations to be slim and trim. How many weight-loss commercials do you see on a given day? How many magic pills (so they say…) are marketed to us? Yes, I know – TONS! The beginning of a year conjures up feelings of starting anew with the avid need to tackle all your goals. We set numerous goals with aggressive timelines and being more active is always near the top of the list. What happens? All of these goals reappear at the beginning of the next year. Why do you ask? We start too big and try to solve world hunger. Our plan should be to start small to build a key ingredient to a change that’s sustainable – momentum.
Starting off small, like taking baby steps, is so cliché but it works. Your goals should be more specific instead of saying I’m going to lose 20 lbs. Doesn’t that statement sound very intimidating? So, then we try to say 5 lbs. in two weeks. Is it possible? Yes, but I prefer to not make drastic changes and slowly introduce smaller ones. For example, try to commit to being active for at least 30 minutes most days of the week. The word active can mean a lot of different things. So a brisk walk, a bout of resistance training at the gym, or a group class can all constitute as an activity. As you hit your weekly activity goals, keeping it small and simple, you’ll start to feel better and notice changes to your body (remember that your diet is important too) that will help you build the momentum required to transition from action to the maintenance stage.
When the fire is ignited and the workouts become more consistent, you have to be prepared to handle the rocky road ahead. The inevitable instance when your mind starts to play tricks on you will occur. So, you have to out-think your inner lazy person. Yes – I said it. We all have one inside of us. The voice will attempt to convince you to pass by the gym after a long day of work or to hit the snooze button before your morning workout. So, plan ahead. You can keep your active-wear in the car or go to bed with your fitness gear on. Better yet – pay for that class beforehand because we all, well most of us, value that hard earned dollar. Another great trick is to surround yourself with people that will hold you accountable. There are plenty of outlets that can provide the type of camaraderie that’s beneficial. Such as are mobile apps, online fitness communities, neighborhood running clubs, and bootcamps to name a few. Above all else, don’t get discouraged when you take a step back. Remember the big picture, aim to win the war and try to take two steps forward. So, accept missteps as a necessary occurrence to build lifestyle success change you seek. Accept it and move on. It will only make the momentum stronger because you will win most of the battles and that’ll strengthen your inner willpower. Trust me…
Now go conquer your inner lazy person!