The holiday season.

The pandemic.

No gym access.

No need to wear real pants.

No need to leave the house.

It’s been a crazy year. There are a variety of reasons why you may have fallen off from achieving your fitness goals. Regardless of what has happened in the past, the worst thing you can do is throw in the towel and write yourself off as a lost cause. Today is a new day. It’s time to get back on track and make those goals happen. Here’s how:

First, What Are Your Goals?

Let’s be smart here. What are you trying to achieve? Set your goal. Choose one to start. Keep it simple, specific, and small for now so you can get a mental win. Your brain needs it after this past year. Drink 8 glasses of water per day? Lose 5 pounds? Run 3 miles? Exercise 4 days per week? You decide what your finish line is and write it down. Then plan how to get there. Writing down your goals and outlining a plan for achieving them makes you 10X more likely to achieve them. Be sure to include a start and end date.

Let’s Get Down To “Why”

If you don’t have a clear “why” for achieving health and fitness goals, then when the going gets tough, you make it easy for yourself to give up. You need to know your “real” why. Not just the top-level, superficial “I want to look good” kind of why. Go deep. Find the underlying REAL why and keep it close.  

What is your goal? Is it to lose weight?

Now keep drilling down to figure out why you want to lose weight.

Why is losing weight important? Because I will look better.

That’s great, but what else will weighing less mean? Will it lower your blood pressure? Great!

Keep digging. Why is that important? Will it take away the need for medications?

Go further. Why is that important? Because the side effects will go away, you will feel better, and you will save money. Boom.

Make A Mantra

Now that you have a “why”, turn that into a mantra: “I’m going to eat healthier to feel better and save money.” When you are choosing what to eat for lunch, start with your mantra. When you don’t feel like heading out the door for a walk, tap into your mantra. Let it steer you to make a choice that supports your goals. Doing this meal after meal, run after run, day after day, will result in big change over time.

Give Yourself A Break

You don’t need to be perfect to be successful. Maybe you got sick and didn’t get in a workout this week, much less four. That’s okay. Take a deep breath and let it go. You aren’t a failure and it’s not time to quit. Progress and perfection don’t go together. Consistency will get you the win so get back on track when you’re feeling better and show up a little bit every day to make your goals happen. It’s building on little habits to create permanent change that will get you where you want to be. Start with small wins to get those positive motivational feelings flowing. The better you feel about your actions, the more likely you are to continue them.

The hardest part of getting your fitness goals back on track is simply starting. Start today: set your goal, plan, and timeframe. Define your why, make a mantra, and don’t forget to give yourself a break.

Now go get it!

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