Exercise. Eat clean. Lose weight. Stress less… sound familiar? Do you give up on your New Years resolution like 92% of those who set them? A new approach could pave the path to your victory in 2015. My goal is to help you appreciate where you are, how far you have come, and help you make the process of accomplishing your big dream a joyful experience.
Holiday indulgence has many people setting goals that are far too high to reach. Be realistic and set goals that speak to who you are. Please also recognize yourself for the greatness you already have in you. Often times resolutions are self attacking, we feel that we need to change something we don’t like about who we are. Unfortunately that can lead to a greater sense of self loathing. Appreciate yourself for all you are and accept all you are not. Perfection does not exist! Allow yourself space to make a shift toward a more joyous life. To work hard on anything consistently, you need to feel true love for it. That includes YOU. Your body, your mind, your spirit.
Whenever possible, make resolutions a community activity. Having a partner or a group of like minded individuals keeps us that much more accountable. Studies have shown success rates in goal setting depend heavily on accountability. Every new year my husband and I have a “pow wow” and talk about our dreams and aspirations for the year ahead. It is a time for both of us to better understand each other, to set intentions for our business, our personal life and our relationship. We enjoy spending this time planning our future and reflecting on our past. Together we are much more powerful than we are alone.
Regular exercise is a common New Year goal – many of you have this down, so your goal will be more specific to your journey. Do some homework on activities you actually enjoy. When you look forward to an activity you are more likely to make it a habit, and that is just what you need to replace that old stale one. For example, if you hate the gym, do not resolve to go to the gym 3 or 5 days a week in 2015! The structure of a gym does not work for everyone. A resolution like falling in love with running, walking with a friend, hiking with your dog or biking to and from work may be a more realistic path to success for you.
Goal setting done right results in a domino effect of awesomeness! After plugging away with some effort, great things begin to happen naturally. For example, choosing an exercise activity you enjoy will often lead to cleaner eating. Our bodies crave nutrient rich food when we move regularly. Exercise and healthy eating both lower stress and cholesterol levels. If weight loss and/or stress reduction is your resolution, then a fun exercise plan coupled with healthy meals is your path to success. The long road behind us has been paved by our habits, we are the result of what we do. If we don’t like where we are we can choose to take a step in a different direction and move that way until we have a new habit at any time.
Remember that, thankfully, no one is perfect. This life can throw curve balls when we least expect it. Allow yourself to make mistakes, but use those opportunities as a time to reflect and gain knowledge. There is never a good time to give up, but the good news is it’s always a great time to begin again. There is always room for a step in the right direction. Be honest with yourself and reassess your goals when they need it. Take time to plan your time. YOU are worth it! As long as you are moving in the direction of your greatest dreams you are always on the right path.
🙂 Coach Michelle
Joanna W. getting her tire pull on Saturday!
Gumsaba Fitness Class schedule Wednesday 12/31/14
5:30AM Womens only Sunrise class – Coach Michelle – 2014 Celebration workout!
6AM Sunup Moraga Womens only Class – Coach Briana – 2014 Celebration workout!
8:15AM Sunrise Moraga Womens only Class – Coach Briana – 2014 Celebration workout!
9AM Sunshine Walnut Creek Womens only class – Coach Jentry – 2014 Celebration workout!
11:00AM Cytosport Boot camp Lite Benicia – Coach Michelle (private class) TRX 2014 close out!
12:00PM Cytosport Boot camp Benicia – Coach Michelle (private class) TRX 2014 close out!
4PM Teen Athletic Conditioning – Coach Joel – 2014 Celebration workout!