I hate to be the bearer of bad news but studies show that less than 25% of people actually stay committed to their resolutions after 30 days and only 8% of people will actually accomplish them by year end.
But you do not have to be a statistic, you have me and my no bullshit advice.
I believe that the majority of people fail to achieve their new years resolutions because although they enter them with the best intentions they leave out 3 key components to successful goal setting.
1. Why do you want to accomplish this goal?
2. What consistent actions can you take to help you accomplish your goal?
3. Why Haven’t I Accomplished This Already?
Lately I have been making a conscious effort to pay more attention to the words I use and in general the way I speak to myself. When I started my fitness journey this is one of the first and ultimately most important steps I took.
Shifting my inner dialogue to “I get to” rather than “I have to” workout.
Referring to myself as someone who goes to the gym, vs someone who just started and is trying.
I decided that the only way to be the version of myself that I envisioned was to simply start acting like that person.
Life is a verb and is all about action, you are ultimately a result of the actions you take.
Body Positivity and Weight Loss. Can they co-exist?
My answer is a resounding hell yeah.
Losing weight is not the only reason people workout and eat healthy.
It shouldn’t be.
Every time I tried to live a healthier lifestyle with the sole motivator being to lose weight, I failed.
When my motivation started to come from the simple desire to be fitter so I could live a fuller life, the entire game changed.
I pursue a healthy lifestyle because I love my body and it deserves better than a box of donuts and my muscles and mobility slowly wasting away on the couch.
Weight loss is not the goal.
“Don’t you feel deprived? Me, I just want to live life and enjoy it”.
I hear something to this effect quite often. This is what I wish people understood.
I don’t deprive myself.
I eat like I love myself.
I train like I love myself.
I live like I love myself.
And I am currently enjoying the hell out of life.
Ignore all this “no pain no gain” or “sweat is fat crying“, bullshit.
Too often we are bombarded with these messages that equate healthy choices with deprivation and pain.
It is simply macho gym talk.