If you are the type to set New Years resolutions or goals then you have done so for 2011 by now. If not, then maybe what I have to say will help.
Like with everything there’s a ton of information out there about goal setting. Everyone has a plan. Frankly, it’s not hard to understand but it’s not all that interesting either. All you have to do is figure out what you want and then make it happen. To make it happen you simply need to acknowledge the truth about what you’re willing to do, and willing to continue to do, for as long as it takes.
Example: My goal is to become lighter and fitter. However, I know that I like to eat a lot of food and drink wine. That’s just the way it is and I’m not willing to revise that for very long. Because of that, it’s easier and smarter for me to ramp up my exercise routine then it is for me to make a big change in my eating habits. Fortunately, when I start working out harder or more often, I’m less interested in drinking a bunch of wine and eating all the food that comes with it. This system works for me, as it’s something that I can sustain for long periods of time. Years and years rather than weeks or months.
On the other side of the coin, my friend Jacks is better about cutting calories than she is about ramping up her exercise routine. Jacks does not like to sweat, it messes up her hair and that’s important to her. With that, she’s happy to eat half portions and cut out alcohol completely rather than partake in high impact exercise. Jacks prefers low impact movement like shopping/walking and Pilates to keep tone. In the end this combination works for her, she remains light which makes exercising more tolerable and less sweaty.
Does this make sense? Jumping into a big calorie cutting and/or exercise program is hard for everyone. Why not try a different approach? Be honest with yourself. What are you really willing to do to reach your goal? Don’t forget to consider your lifestyle and the things in life that you enjoy like spending time with your kids or happy hour with your friends. You may be able to get where you want to be by suffering for a while but can you keep it up? Be smart and be honest.
Lastly… a quote from George Hincapie (the absolute hottest pro bike racer who ever lived)…
“Enduring those cold and rainy training days are the days that help you reach your goals.” (Remember that when it’s nasty outside.)