Resolutions (almost) never work

Happy New Year!  We are only three days in and I bet some have already broken this year’s resolution.  And, you know what?  That’s okay because resolutions are just dying to be broken.

Yesterday I hurt my back.  I knew as soon as I grabbed the heavy laundry bag that I was lifting it wrong.  Then I felt a slight movement in my upper left side and knew I was done for the rest of the weekend.  So here I am, typing from my bed where I’ve been for the last 24 hours and counting.  Yikes!  Could you imagine if my resolution was to go to the gym every day in 2016?  I would have failed on day two!  (And then probably would have given up altogether and just spent the year eating a lot of cookies like yesterday’s Chinese fortune predicted.)

Things happen.  They ruin our plans and set us back.  You know what happens when you miss a workout – you think it’s okay to miss another or to give yourself a cheat day.  One becomes two and then five and then once you realize what you’ve done, you get upset and say forget it.  If resolutions have a purpose, it is to make us feel guilty for not following through.

Well, this year I’ve resolved not to have any resolutions 😉

Instead, I came up with 26 (SMART) goals to help me succeed, better myself, and have fun.  If you haven’t heard of the SMART model, it is as follows:

Specific – what do you want to achieve?  (be very detailed)

Measurable – why is it important?

Achievable – what steps do you have to take to achieve your goal?

Realistic – how do you know you can do it?

Time-bound – what is your time frame for achieving the goal?

One of my big ones is to get back on track with my fitness regimen.  I used to be soooo good at working out daily.  Now I just feel like a lump on a log after work, with barely enough energy to cook dinner before I shower and crawl into bed.  But fitness is important to me because I want to be healthy and feel good.  So I am going to work out more even when I’m tired and don’t feel like it.  By the end of the year, I hope to be working out 5 days a week.   It’s a long term goal, so I know it’s okay to take breaks or take it easy, which makes me feel okay about not really being able to move right now.

I also want to write every day.  It may seem small, but if I write for 10 minutes each day I will have written for 61 hours by end of year.  Wow!  Little things add up.  Another, along the same lines, is to write 2 blog posts per week.  And to go one step further into the specifics, I’ve already selected all of my topics through December.  So all is needed is the writing!

Why am I telling you this?  Well, I want to solidify the goals I made for myself.  26.  Real and attainable.  All with their individual deadlines leading up to a very successful ending on 12/31/2016.  While I don’t want to reveal all of the details of the remaining 23 goals, I can say one thing:  I hope to make the most out of every moment, stop procrastinating, and start living the life I truly desire.  And I hope you are inspired to do so this year as well.

And as for those who are (maybe) looking to resolve to lose weight or exercise more, keep an eye out for reviews of Leaner Creamer, The 21 Day Fix Extreme, Meal Replacement Shakes, and a few other gems coming this month.

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