As December comes to a close, we are already consciously (or subconsciously) planning our yearly New Year’s resolutions. We are filled with that delicious sense of hope that maybe, just maybe, this could be our year. The year that we finally lose the extra weight that has crept on, finally get out of debt, buy a home, or pursue our dream career. Ahhh, the possibilities are endless.
As quickly as this hope finds its way into our hearts, it starts to fade as the New Year rolls in, and we realize that really nothing significant has changed. Why is this? We talk to friends and co-workers and find that they are making positive changes and reaching their goals. They billow over with positive energy and excitement, and you wish you could obtain one ounce of their energy. You think to yourself: “They are so lucky; why can’t I have that kind of life?” I am happy to share with you that the answer to that question is easier than you think.
The key to turning your resolutions into reality is to make them realistic. Take some time to get really clear on exactly what changes you want to see this year. Turn the desire to lose weight into a specific goal such as losing 22 pounds by June 15th. Once you have your specific goal spelled out, decide what steps need to happen for you to reach your goal. You may need to start an exercise program and begin eating differently. This is the point where many people feel either lost or overwhelmed, so it is critical to seek guidance from someone who is knowledgeable in the subject at hand.
After I’d gained the dreadful freshman 15 my freshman year, and then again during my sophomore year, I knew I needed to make some changes but wasn’t exactly sure how to do it. I joined a local gym and began working with a personal trainer. This person became my cheerleader and held me accountable along the way. When I shared with him that I was the Maid of Honor in a wedding coming up in about eight months, he suggested I see a nutritionist as well-to really power up my results.
I took my personal trainer’s advice, and began consulting with a nutritionist. This was the turning point for me, and really changed my life and got me on a healthy path of success. I learned the difference between real food and the fake food I’d been eating since high school. She taught me how it was better for me to eat five to six small meals per day instead of the two large meals I’d become accustomed to. And with her help, I finally traded in my coveted Pepsi One for water-yes, water! Being able to work towards the deadline of that upcoming wedding fueled my desire to get myself to a healthy weight. And with my motivating coaches by my side, I did it! And you can too.
I absolutely love when the calendar rolls over to a new year, because it is always accompanied by the chance to start anew, and really change things for the better. Think about this concept right now-what do you wish you could change in your life? Whatever it may be- your health, finances, career or relationships, I am here to tell you that it is possible. Decide right now who you need to seek support from, and set time aside in your schedule to make it happen. This is your year. The time is now-ready, set, goal!
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~by Kimberly Olson