Hi guys,  Kris from Custom Fitness here, your Amarillo personal trainer. And today we’re going to be talking about how today, January 17th, is a great day to check in. If you have any questions about today’s blog, then please give us a call at (806) 322-3188

Today is January 17th and I just wanted to check in and see how your commitments/ resolutions are going. Some people make a decision of some sort at the beginning of the new year to change something about their life. Maybe it’s not what you would call a resolution, because a lot of people know that those don’t really last. But maybe it’s more of a decision that you’re going to do something and you set your mind towards it.

Well, January 17th is actually national Drop Your Resolutions Day. 17 days into the new year people have already begun giving up on themselves, their commitments, and deciding to go a different direction.

Why? Because it probably doesn’t hurt as bad, it probably tastes better, and it’s probably not as exhausting.

Just to tell the truth, there’s a lot of things that we choose to do, and that we throw on our plate. Well, you kind of forget that you’re coming off of a really busy season, and you’re coming off of stress. A lot of people that I know need an extra week off just to rest. They need to calm down. And yet, when you should be resting, instead you’re revving yourself up to finish out the year perfect and make the next year the best it’s ever been. And that works great as long as you have that willpower going, and that might last a few days until it’s time to change direction.

So by this point you’ve figured out that all of that grocery shopping, and food prep is too much. You don’t really like these exercises, and you hate being on a diet. And the problem doesn’t come in with having the desire, or making the commitment to change. The problem comes in with this wishy-washy attitude of I know I need to do this, but I don’t really want to do this, and I should only do things that I want to do.

Well I just got done taking a child to an extracurricular activity where they were talking about how not every kid gets to do everything that they want to do all the time, and how they need to do all of the things that need to be done rather than just the ones they really like. How often is that true in our own lives and we just ignore it?

So too often I’ll hear Well I didn’t do those workouts because I didn’t really like that exercise. Even if it’s just one out of twelve! So they didn’t do the entire workout, and there are things that we can do to change that. Or maybe it could be Hey I didn’t do that diet plan because I didn’t like that one recipe  that was in there. After all the years of being a personal trainer in Amarillo, I’ve taken this information of what people have done and I’ve created a plan that’s really takes away all of the excuses for people. I know how hard January can be for people.        

Now, should you make resolutions? Should you not? It’s all up to you, everyone is different on that. But for me I fully believe in making goals for yourself. Whether you make a resolution or a commitment or whatever it may be, I feel like the best way to go about it is to make a goal for yourself. Tell yourself that over the course of this next year you want to accomplish XYZ. Not this is what I want to accomplish in January, this is what I’ll do for February… But set that big goal and then start making that into littler goals so that each month you have something that you’re stepping towards. Basically you’re creating a game plan, or an action plan, to reach that final goal.

Now, maybe you get there and maybe you don’t, maybe you still have a ways to go but you eventually get there. Either way, it starts to set the precedent for continuous and consistent action on reaching those goals.

Maybe that action is in the health and fitness field. Maybe it’s learning to eat better, or it’s exercising better, or it’s being more consistent with what you’re doing. These are all things that are all obviously in my field, so that’s where I put my focus. Some people even put their focus on doing daily bible reading, or going to church more often, or go hang out with their friends more often. Other people choose a word for the year, and they try and put their focus and attention on that word.  Everyone has different goals and ideas and that’s awesome.

I sit down and personally write out my goals for 2018 on paper, so that they’re solidified and I know that I’ve made a commitment to myself. And this doesn’t mean that I can’t deviate from my plan, but it does mean that I can’t turn my back and walk away from my goal. So if it’s something that I really wanted to do at the beginning of 2018, then by the end of 2018 I should still be moving in that direction even if I changed my game plan on how to get there.

So I use that structure and then I create my focus word, and that helps me to be really in the moment of working towards that goal each day. And maybe some days are better than others. Some days you really rock those goals and get everything done. And on other days you really struggle to get on your feet and get back home at night and get to bed. So I get it, there’s a lot going on. That’s why you really need an action plan, or a game plan, to make sure that you go forward with it.        

So make sure this year that as you set those goals, if it’s already January 17th and you’re ready to break your resolutions, then it’s time to start thinking in a different perspective. Maybe it’s time to sit down and really think about what you want the outcome to be. Then create those behaviors that are going to take you to the outcome.

Believe it or not, that’s what we actually do with our clients all of the time. We take them from their outcome goals, and we teach them the behaviors to take them from where they’re at to their outcome goals. And we teach them how to live healthier lives almost subconsciously through the habits that we teach. Once you start learning those habits and they become ingrained, your body starts to crave things like exercise, sleep, water, and good food. Then you start to have less bad times. Even if you feel mentally like you’ve had splurge, it might not be as bad as what it would have been without those habits.

So these are some things to start working on. To start moving in the direction of your goals means creating your game plan. Knowing where you want to get to and then finding the behaviors, rather than just expecting some program to take you there. Find the behaviors that day by day will take you where you need to be.

So, if you’re wanting the accountability and help with creating an action plan to see results, or are wanting to someone to help create a workout plan to push you to your greatest potential, then that’s what we’re here for. We work those recovery times into our client’s routines to ensure that they see the best possible results. We have an entire team of dedicated professionals to help you with your health and fitness goals. To get your consultation set up, give us a call at 806-322-3188 or email us at info@customfitness.biz At Custom Fitness, we are YOUR personal trainers in Amarillo, Texas. Have a great day.