I really do.
“Lose 20lbs for $20!”
“$0 enrollment fee if you sign up by January 5th!”
“50% off all workout wear and fitness equipment! Now thru Sunday!”
As a health and wellness professional, I have watched every January 1st roll around with a little dread. Hugely discounted sales on gym memberships, workout wear and fitness equipment lead people to sign up for programs they’re not ready to commit to (or that are not supportive to long-term success), clothes that won’t fit them in 6 months, and more stuff that will eventually just sit around their house and collect dust.
Here’s the thing that bothers me the most.
Marketing companies have gotten really good at making you believe that if you buy their stuff or sign up for their program, all your problems will go away.
But year after year, when you fail to meet your health goals, you begin to feel more and more like you’re not worthy of the life you want.
And nothing could be further from the truth.
All the stuff in the world isn’t going to be the make-or-break thing that ensures you’ll reach your goals.
YOU are the make-or-break thing.
The power to get where you want to be is in your control. And it has been each time you’ve attempted to reach your goals.
But empowering you doesn’t generate sales.
So before you start over - again - take some time to create a plan of action. Start by writing down why your goals are so important. Look at your week and schedule times to add activity into your day. (Notice how I didn’t say go to the gym? You can do things like take a walk on your lunch break, park farther away from your office building, or play with your family. Increasing your daily activity levels and maintaining that increase, will help you more than 3 workouts per week.) Figure out what days you’ll be able to cook and double the recipe (now you have pre-made meals for lunch and those busy nights you would ordinarily order take-out).
Be consistent with your behaviors around reaching your goals.
Prepare for your day the night before. Lay out clothes, fill up water bottles, portion out meals into take-along containers. Being able to “grab-and-go” in the morning ensures that you can get your day started on the right foot.
Develop discipline (NOT an easy skill to master, I assure you, but one that will help you stay consistent on the hard days). It’s neither willpower nor motivation that ensures that you’ll reach your goals. It’s your habits and behaviors. Discipline is what creates those habits and behaviors that will align with your goals.
Here’s the most important one - Start small. Pick ONE thing to change and do that every day until it becomes automatic. It could take 21 days, it could take 30 days. It could take longer. Stick with it. Create baby steps and go slowly so that your chances of creating lasting change this time is greater.
If you’re still struggling with where to get started, we’d like to help. Schedule a consultation to talk to a coach. Tell us where you’re trying to go, what you’ve tried in the past, what’s worked and what hasn’t. We’ll see how we can help to point you in the right direction.