It’s the new year, and I’m a little late on the uptake for new year’s resolutions, but I agree it’s better late than never.
I do personally like making new year’s resolutions. A brand new start with fresh ambition and a strong motivation to succeed. I usually have a plethora of both in January.
I’m reading a little hometown published book (from South Carolina, not Whidbey) called Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: How to make your New Year’s Resolutions finally stick. Erin Bagwell, the author has some very similar views on resolutions and new year goals as I do. So, I figured I’d give myself another excuse to write a list and go over some of my plans for the new year.
Bagwell suggests you narrow down your goals to four main areas you want to change or improve. Instead of going gung ho and trying to accomplish all four at the same time, she suggests you pick the most important one to you and start from there.
When you start your first goal, the author also encourages you to break down your new behavior into small, achievable steps. Whoa. This is starting to sound eerily familiar! Where have I heard this all before?
My big resolution for 2018 is to get back into shape. There are four areas I will work on to achieve this goal:
- Improve my eating habits
- Increase my metabolic conditioning/workouts
- Take care of my body health-wise with physical therapy and possibly personal training to reach strength goals
- Work my own program and prove its effectiveness
It’s hard to pick just one thing that is most important. I am ignoring the
recommendation of Ms. Bagwell in that regard by taking on pretty much all four of these goals at once, but I have broken them down further.
- Do Whole30 again
- Practice my own diet plan/eating challenge
- Conduct a nutrition challenge at CrossFit
- Sign up for Best Self/New You challenge at CrossFit- participate in workouts with other members
- Sloth Army (starting in March- Thursdays and Sundays)
- Possibly sign up for Master Swim at Island Athletics
- Triathlon training starts in March
- ZooFit workouts 3 days a week and push to get to 5 days a week…at least
- Conduct fitness challenge either at CrossFit or Parks and Recs
- Summer Island Athletics membership- Body Pump, swimming, extra cardio
- Starting physical therapy for knees January 30
- Pilates once a week after Physical Therapy
- Goals- 200 pound squat, 120 pound bench, no-assist pull-up
- Self-publish and beta test
- Reuse, Recycle, Reduce Your Waist
- Conservation Fitness Guide
- ZooFit Exercise Guide
While I am heavily motivated by external factors of being sick and tired of my weight
and appearance, I do have some pretty strong intrinsic motivators too. My knees creaking and my shoulder acting up are pretty strong motivators to get back in shape, the right way and to stay in shape for my own health.
While I’m starting late, I believe in the adage you can start your new life any time you want. I’m going to start preparing for Whole30 soon, and I am also going to develop a schedule of reinforcement for meeting goals.
Welcome, 2018, now let’s go make it the best year yet!