Well we are nearly a week into 2015 and the tide of New Years Resolution chasers is in high swing.
I went to the store yesterday and everything I normally buy was sold out or almost out....spinach, greek yogurt, eggs, kids' greek yogurt, almond milk, egg whites, etc...But it's alright I bet for most (unfortunately) this will be short lived. And all those shiny, hopeful resolutions will be left in the dust when "real" life starts getting in the way.
Don't get me wrong, resolutions are exciting, and wanting to make a positive change in your life is always a good thing. The problem is how many go about it....
No one can keep up the all or nothing attitude forever, especially when it's all changing all at once. It's too much, it's too difficult, and it doesn't take real life into account.
It's very easy to run into a serious motivation problem when your resolution look something like....going to the gym every day, changing your eating habits, stopping those lovely friday night cocktails with friends, no more chocolate, no more fun, etc, etc
There's a lot we could talk about with the above but let's start with the most basic....what happen's when:
* the kids are sick (ALL of them)
* your mother in-law is sick and you have to visit her / take care of her
* a coworker is out of town and you're stuck pulling double shifts
* you're just about to head out to the gym when the dog throws up everywhere
We don't live in bubbles and that 30 Day Shred/Detox/"go hard or go home" whatever sounds great but does not accommodate real complicated life in most situations.
YOU need to be flexible and honest and account for the idea that things aren't always going to go as planned. That way you wont feel the need to just throw in the towel and give up when things get in the way.
If you can't make to the gym maybe have some quick fitness dvds on hand that you can follow. Maybe just run around the house with the kids, do some jumping jacks and some mountain climbers, whatever have fun and get something done.
Didn't get a chance to make that killer paleo recipe you wanted to try because you got home late. Ok, fine, lets have some tuna, or some protein shakes on hand so there's no need to run through the drive through.
Do what you can to make the unexpected, acceptable and you will be far more likely to hang-in there long term.
Sheena Temple has been a certified personal trainer for over four years and is the owner of High Desert Fitness. It's her vision to provide a comfortable environment for clients to train and improve their overall health and wellness.