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Toss the resolutions, think small

Hi there,

January is a few days away and so is resolution time.  Every year, well-meaning people resolve to get healthy, learn yoga, learn to meditate, run a marathon, bike more, hike more, eat more vegetables, eat less sugar, eliminate gluten—and, generally, those hopes and wishes die by February 1st. Why, exactly?

super sized resolutions


Great BIG grand plans.  Too many bite off more than they can chew. They’re not realistic, or they’re easily discouraged or both. Maybe they think of resolutions as wishes {once-a-year}?

toss the resolutions

Think mini

Okay, if you have to make a fitness resolution this year, my advice is to think small. Overall, keep it simple.  When you think about general wellness as the reason for beefing up your exercise efforts, you’re more likely to choose a sustainable fitness program. Sure, a hyped-up, trendy program might look super terrific, but you may not be comfortable with what’s required to keep up with it, or you could just get bored after a few months. The changes you make to get in shape are the changes you’re going to have to maintain…if they aren’t sustainable, they aren’t worth doing.

Anyhow, life isn’t measure by whether we meet our resolutions or not… any more than our worth is measured by how many ice cream cones we avoided or whether we can bench press our own body weight.

It’s easy to get caught up in that kind of thinking, thinking that each day we have to out perform ourselves… or each other.  When instead you should be slowly forging a routine of making small obtainable goals {nearly undetectable to everyone else but YOU}.

I set mini goals every day.  Sometimes I meet them and sometimes I don’t. Some days I’m energized and ready to take on anything and other days, I’m lucky to find my keys and get out the door on time in one piece.  If I fall short… I get up the next day and try again and I sometimes I don’t.  Why?  Because the only pressure I have, is self-imposed by me.

definition of change

Sometimes it’s not that you can’t reach new goals… it’s that you keep yourself stuck in one place out of fear, anxiety or doubt.  So toss out the ideas of making resolutions and focus on what you’re going to do TODAY.  You’ll be amazed at just how much you can accomplish!

So how will you start 2016?  How will YOU create momentum toward becoming more resilient and adaptable to life’s ebb and flow? Yes, there WILL be low tides, high tides, bumps, riptides, fat waves and maybe even a few tsunamis along the way.  Keep taking baby steps, it will be worth it, I promise.

So there you have it.

What is your resolution this year?

Whats the funniest resolution you’ve ever heard?



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***Disclaimer: Always check with your doctor first before starting new fitness routines to ensure that they’re right for you.***All opinions expressed are 100% my own.