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New Year, New Goals?

2021 is officially upon us! Let us take a moment to collect ourselves and prepare to knock the new year out of the park. As it is the beginning of the year, many people are going to work on their new year resolutions. Time to get into fitness and lose weight, right? Well, let me tell you a little secret. As satisfying it may be to wait for the dates to reset, you do not have to wait until the new year to work on the new you! In fact, do not limit yourself to one time of the year. Every day is the best day to begin working on yourself and the goals you want to reach. Waiting to put them off for January 1st is only delaying the progress you could be making. Being that now is when most people try to change themselves for the better, here are a few things that you need to know even if you may not want to hear it.

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No, you cannot reach your goals and then stop being healthy expecting your new changes to stick around.

Once you reach your goals, you cannot stop your new healthy habits and expect your goals to stick around. Effort needs to be made to keep the goals that you have reached. That is the next step, working on keeping them by being consistent. Fitness is a lifestyle and not a quick fix.

Yes, you must work on your new habits to live a healthy life.

Those healthy habits that you are working on learning are the key to living healthfully. It is important to exercise regularly, eat a balanced diet, drink water, get enough sleep to rest and recover, and work on your mental health to maintain a health mindset. It may seem like a lot, but practice ensures that you will be successful.

You may fail, but that is okay as long as you get back up and try again.

Failure is apart of life and it happens in all aspects of what we do. It is about what you do afterwards that matters. How else do we learn? Failing does not mean it is the end of the world, but rather a stepping-stone in the right direction (I know, cheesy). As long as you keep going, it will get easier as you learn.

Quick solutions are not the way to go.

To have a healthy lifestyle, do not depend on quick and easy solutions. The fact of the matter is that being healthy is difficult. I mean if it were easy, everyone would do it. The fitness industry would not be pouring thousands and thousands of dollars into selling and marketing fitness. As tempting as they may be, quick and easy is not sustainable for long-term success. It takes time, patients, and practice to become successful. Your determination and dedication determine your long-term success. It will get easier with practice.

Think of it this way. The weight you may have gained did not occur over night. It happened slowly overtime. Therefore, you are not going to lose the weight (fat loss) overnight either. On the other hand, the slower it can take you to lose weight, the longer you can keep your progress. This is because you are taking your time to build up the proper habits needed to have long-term success.

Everyone is different and it can take 1 year or even 5 years before seeing the results you want. Using myself as an example, I am 2 years and 8 months into my fitness journey. I am now seeing the result I wanted to see on day 1. As frustrating as it can be, it just takes time, patients, and dedication to learn the healthy habits needed to get there.

You will need to change your goals as you progress and grow.

As you do grow, your goals are going to change with you. For example, my initial goals were aesthetics because I was unhappy with the way I looked. I always had been on the bigger side, and frankly I was tired of it. Now -40 lb. later, I am a whole new person with a completely different mindset. My goals are very different because I work to be healthy in what I eat and do for my overall health, my mental health, and to feel good. So, as you change and grow your goals will change with you.

Learn how to be kind and patient with yourself.

Similar to how you are not going to reach your goals overnight, you are not going to have it all figure out overnight. It takes time to learn and understand what does and does not work for you. This includes your diet, exercise, discipline, etc. Therefore, take your time to perfect your healthy lifestyle with patients and kindness towards yourself.

Let’s Chat!

How is your fitness journey going? Did you just begin, or have you been working on it for a while now? Let me know your tips for healthy living in the comments down below!

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