Peace family, do you need a little encouragement for your New Year’s resolutions?
If you have goals that are health or fitness related, manager Greg Dietz from the Bodylab Crossfit Bryan has some great tips.
First off, Greg says to bring someone along with you for the ride, whether they share your goal and work out beside you, or simply serve as accountability. He says having a friend or family member join you can make a big difference, as we usually run into some obstacles when we try to do things all on our own.
Next, try to break down your larger goals into some smaller goals. Greg says that if your aim is to go to the gym more, make your goals concrete and start slow. For example, decide to go two times a week at first, and go up to three or four times a week as you succeed at that. Don’t start out trying to go seven times a week, because you will burn yourself out and set yourself up for failure. He says that specifics are your friend, and it’s important to set up your plan in such a way that you will have little successes, because the little successes will encourage you on your way to meeting your greater goal.
If you’re looking to lose some weight, Greg says to set up a clear plan that details how you’re going to do it, and follow through. That could mean physically taking things out of your kitchen or introducing new things into your diet. He says introducing a new fruit or vegetable every week is a great way to go about that.
Greg says that a lot of times the scale might not change, but you will look differently and feel differently, which will help you on your success. Another way to measure your progress is to see how well your clothes fit once you’ve been working out consistently for a while.
Finally, and maybe most importantly, Greg says that if you have a setback, just accept it and don’t use it as a reason to quit. “Show up,” he says. “Show up. Keep showing up, no matter what. Just keep showing up.”
Peace family, a lot of Greg’s tips work for other areas of life, too. No matter what your goal is, whether it’s to lose 100 pounds, write a dissertation, stop smoking, or grow in your walk as a Christian, it is so important to stay in community, make a clear, reasonable and honest plan, be held accountable, take action, be patient for rewards, and persevere when the going gets tough.
Here’s hoping that you have a wonderful New Year, full of new victories! We love you, Peace family.