It’s February 22nd. By this time most people have given up on their resolutions and some can’t even remember what they were to begin with. If you set goals that started out strong, but now have become like the crazy cousin that the family prefers not to talk about, have no fear. All is not lost. There is still time to dust off those resolutions, perform a makeover, and bring them into the spotlight again.
5 Steps to getting back on track
1. Create a rewrite. Go to wherever you initially wrote down your resolutions and read through them to refresh your memory. If you didn’t write them down or have lost them, then this is the time to start fresh. Don’t worry about dates that were initially set. Cross them out and rewrite the goal with a future date in mind.
2. Create small, short term goals. Instead of constantly looking at how far you may want to go, create more attainable short term goals to focus on what will lead you in the direction toward your overall goal. For example, if your goal is weight loss, then instead of saying, “I want to lose 50 pounds”, instead write out what you will do week by week to get to your goal. Maybe it is, “I will exercise for 30-60 mins per day, 4 days per week”. Setting weekly goals will make it easier to stay on track and give you a sense of accomplishment early on to keep you motivated. Go here for more goal setting tips.
3. Forget the past. This is important. Don’t dwell or beat yourself up over mishaps or mistakes made in the past. Instead, focus on the right now. Just sitting down and writing goals is a step in the right direction.
4. Remove the guilt. For many people, this is hard to do. There will be days when life gets in the way. Things happen that may keep you from exercising or you may get off track with healthy eating. Take it as it is and move on. It’s easy to fall into a rut and think that since you stepped off track that you failed. This is simply not true. These days will happen, plan on them throughout your journey and continue on the following day.
5. Give yourself time. It takes time to replace old habits. If you have fitness goals, remember, fitness is not a destination. It’s a lifestyle that’s formed over time, so give yourself the time to create it.