2020 was the year that you didn’t see your family or friends, and probably saw too much of the inside of the fridge.
Most of the locked-down world has been struggling with the Quarantine 15. So, if you’ve put on a few pounds, you’re not alone. But you’re not going to use a New Year’s Resolution to lose those pounds. You’re better than that.
The problem with the average New Year’s Resolution is the lack of resolve. Nobody takes them seriously anymore and they have almost become a punch line every December.
The phrase “But this year will be different” is a cliché. But dang it, this year will be different! Here’s how you can avoid all of the usual flaws that go with a traditional resolution.
Be Reasonable and Get Help
Let’s say you kill it at the gym and eat well for 6 months. By June, you look fantastic, but there are still a few pounds lingering. Don’t get mad at yourself, congratulate yourself.
Most people have no idea where their fitness limits are because they don’t push themselves. You found yours, and that’s a good thing.
Find an Accountability Partner
Roughly 80% of all Resolutions will fail and we all know it. If you tell someone that you haven’t been to the gym in a week, most people will probably say, “That’s Ok. I didn’t actually give up smoking. Don’t worry. Nobody cares.”
Find someone who cares. You need someone to inspire you and kick your butt.
This doesn’t have to be someone you actually train with, although that would be great. You just need someone to hold you accountable. Find someone that will check in with you if they don’t hear from you.
Make a Plan
A goal with no plan is just a dream.
You want to lose weight. How are you going to do it? When will the gym fit into your schedule? How will you change your eating habits?
This is true of any goal. You can resolve to read a book a month in the New Year. But if you don’t plan where this will fit into your lifestyle, the goal is doomed.
Don’t just say you’re going to get in better shape and make vague allusions to buying a Peloton Bike. Buy the bike, plan to hit it for an hour at lunch or after work, and name your most motivated friend as your accountability partner.
There is nothing easier than letting a New Year’s Resolution slip away into nothingness. That’s why you’re going to pursue results instead of a resolution. You’re also going to learn from previous mistakes and set realistic goals.
So, don’t go into the New Year trying “the same old.”