January 31st…officially the last day of the first month of the New Year. 30 days ago you were filled with inspiration to start the New Year off right. You were going to eat better, move more, be happier, and get into your skinny jeans. Now it’s the end of the month. Do you still have the fire in you, or did the couch win? Did life get in the way? Did you forget about your goals, deem them too hard, make excuses, and give up? Or did you fight through the negative, talk yourself out of giving up, and persevere through the tough changes?
The end of the month is a great time to reflect on the past few weeks. It’s time to look back, see what went well, and focus on making the rest of the year better than your first month. Ask yourself:
“Why didn’t I ____ ?”
“How can I ____?”
“Who can I count on to help hold me accountable?”
“What changes can I make this month to help me achieve my goal?”
“Did I give up because I thought I couldn’t do it?”
Identifying what went wrong, how it can be changed in the future, and people who can help you are 3 steps in moving forward with your goals, and not dropping off.
One of the biggest aspects of goal achievement, especially pertaining to weight loss or health improvement, is believing in yourself. You have the power to change you. Still don’t believe it? Here are some questions to consider:
Are you setting yourself up for success? Are your goals achievable, are you holding yourself accountable for your own success, and do you surround yourself with positive people to help you?
Are you being honest with yourself? Are you telling yourself things are ok if they really are not? “It’s ok to eat all of this today, it’s a cheat day.” “It’s ok that my pants are tighter than a month ago, it’s January!” “I will start tomorrow.” You cannot achieve a goal if you are talking yourself out of working towards success. Please note, this is not to be confused with showing yourself forgiveness after a tough week, showing your body grace and respect, and discovering (often by trial and error…) the right habits that help you succeed …which leads me to:
Are you using your slip-ups as a crutch? “Well I didn’t workout yesterday, I’m not up any weight today, so I’m not going to workout today either.” “I ate junk food last night, what’s one more day?” It’s one thing to learn from your experiences and to use that experience to create a better future, but downplaying consistent negative behaviors don’t set yourself up for a positive experience moving forward. Try switching your mindset to, “Ok, yesterday was rough, but today I will do ____ to make it better.”
Remember, you are in control of you. Some things are out of your control. Focus on what you can control regarding your goals, not on what you can’t control. Grab your goal by the reigns, and go for it. You have 11 months left to either succeed, or fall short of your own expectations. What are you going to choose?
What are some of your current health and fitness goals? I’d love to blog about them!