Hi guys,  Kris from Custom Fitness here, your Amarillo nutritionist and personal trainer. Today we’re going to be wrapping up the two part series on giving up those resolutions. Now be sure to read part one if you haven’t already. And as always, if you have any questions about today’s blog then please give us a call at (806)-322-3188

The third step is really important. It’s one that a lot of people don’t think. They think that they have willpower and that they have this motivation, which is great, but remember that motivation is emotional-based, and remember how often your emotions change. Some days we feel like it, and some days we don’t feel like it, so motivation really will get you nowhere. Dedication, that’s a whole different beast.

We want to make sure that in this third step that we reach out and we get support for reaching our goals. That support is critical. If you don’t have the support to move forward, then eventually those little voices in your head are going to convince you to move backwards. They’re going to convince you to give up and to stop, and that’s not what you want. When those voices hit, you need to have somebody on the outside that’s pushing you forward, that’s helping remind you why you’re doing this, that’s helping you to see something greater than yourself. That’s super important to get that support. Whether that support comes from a family member, a friend, a team of professionals like the team here at Custom Fitness, whatever that is, you need somebody to support you in your goals and in your determination.

The fourth step, I want to say it’s the most important because you have to have it, but if you don’t have the goals and the plan and the support, then this won’t work. The fourth step is to start. Everybody puts it off. They say, “Okay. It’s Monday, so I’ve already started the week. I’ll wait until next Monday”, or, “It’s December 31, and I’ll wait until … I don’t want to do it on January 1. I’ll wait until the 2nd.” The best time to start is now.

If it’s exercise, stand up and do some squats. If it’s eating right, plan your next meal. If it’s budgeting, sit down and start reviewing what last year looked like. Start thinking about it in your head. Get a plan together. Putting things off never helps anybody to reach anything. Rather, if you take time to really sit back and start, I guess sit back wouldn’t be the right words, you take advantage of your starting position and be able to go, then you’re going to do great things, that determination is going to kick in, you’re going to be able to move forward.

Alright. Here’s my little bonus tip. As you’re moving forward with this sense of dedication, everything’s renewed, everything feels great, some days you’re going to look at it and think that you just don’t really care anymore. You don’t know why you started this in the first place. It was so hard. It was a bad choice. Why would you do this? That’s where a success journal comes in. Your little bonus tip is to start a success journal. It could be a notepad, it could be the backside of your meal plan, whatever you want it to be that you can look at each day and write down some success. It could be small. It could be big. It could be that you drink all your water today or that you got all your steps in or that you at least tried. It can be whatever it needs to be, but during those hard times when things are really tough, that’s where your support team comes in. Then when your support team’s not there in your ear, you’ve got the success journal to look back on.

Definitely important things to step forward into the new year with. Giving up the resolutions. Just get away from that idea and instead focus on you. Focus on your sense of determination to truly begin to live life differently. Not necessarily doing these short term programs to reach this outcome of weight loss or this outcome of exercising or whatever it may be, but really living life differently, living life in a way that you do because you do it. Not because you have to, not because somebody else told you to, but because that’s what you do.

Don’t you love it whenever you talk to people and you say, “How on earth do you make it to the gym six days a week or four days a week, whatever it may be?”, and they say, “I don’t know. I just do it”? It’s just a bit for them. It’s part of life. If they don’t do it, they don’t feel good. You ask people, “Why on earth are you able to eat at home so many days a week when you’ve got this busy life?” They say, “I don’t know. I just do it.” That’s just what we do. It doesn’t work every morning of every day, but the more that you can build that in, it’s called your lifestyle, and it starts to become your new normal. That’s what we want to find. We don’t want to find a resolution because we all know how easy it is to break those and fail at them and feel frustrated and desperate. What we want to find is our new normal and to find life worth living so that we can live a better quality of life and enjoy life even better.

If you are looking for help in this new year, we are an entire team of professionals who do this on a regular basis. We take people in, we assess to see where they’re starting from, find out what they need to work on, where their weaknesses are at, where their imbalances are at, and then we create programs around that. Programs include fitness, nutrition, lifestyle modification, all of it together, so that this becomes a long term health and wellness solution for you, rather than a short term weight-loss solution for you. Your body can lose weight through the process, absolutely, but we want to teach people how to keep that off for a lifetime and how to build the muscle that they need underneath to be healthy and well. If we can be of help to you, feel free to give us a call, 806-322-3188 or email us at info@customfitness.biz We’d love to talk with you. Have a great day.