It’s that time of year. . .
Last year, the theme of the new year celebration was “new year, new me.” This year, there’s a lot of reflection over the last decade. It hit me today that I’ve been thinking about this last decade as 2000. . .and it was actually 2010! Yikes!
There’s also a lot of talk of doing away with resolutions – easily broken – and setting goals instead. Many posts and articles I’ve read have talked about how resolutions are so easily broken and have basically become a joke. This seems true.
Goals, however, have a tendency to be taken more seriously.
Personally, I think they go hand in hand. Resolutions should carry a lot of weight. The founding fathers stood resolved, passed resolutions, declaring the independent states, brought together as United States, separate from Great Britain. Resolutions are passed by organizations still, but on the individual level, they’re not taken as seriously or actually carried out.
Resolve to do something then set goals to make it happen.
That may be one of those easier-said-than-done things. . .
Here’s a quick tip: make SMART goals. SMART is one of the things that was pounded into my head in half the classes I took for Exercise Science. It’s pretty helpful for setting both short and long-term goals.
A short-term goal is often a step in a long-term goal.
A SMART goal is:
Putting it all together:
I am resolved – creating a resolution – to be healthier by the end of 2020.
I am going to decrease my Body Fat % from ______ to ______ (specific and measurable), based on recommended healthy normal ranges, before December 31, 2020.
Short-term Goal 1:
I will plan and eat clean meals, for 2 meals a day, 5 days a week, for the next 4 weeks to get in the habit of eating good, nutrient dense food.
How will you plan those meals? You print or write a calendar. Get on Pinterest or pull out the family cookbooks – or use this as an excuse to get new cookbooks! – to find new recipes that will help you achieve that short-term goal.
Notice I labeled it #1. This isn’t a one and done type of thing. Once you achieve, you complete that short-term goal of planning and eating 2 clean meals a day, 5 days/week for 4 weeks, set Short-term Goal 2. You’ll go for three, 30 minute walks every week for 4 weeks. Or you’ll attend a yoga class every week for 4 weeks.
There is one HUGE thing to keep in mind: if you get off track, it’s not the end of the world. It’s not a failure. You are not a failure. Do not give up! Take a deep breath. Remind yourself why you’re doing this, and keep going. If you only have 1 clean meal one day instead of 2, just write it off. If you miss an entire week, either start over or write that week off and add another week so you have 4 total. Just don’t stop!
If you need or want help or guidance, feel free to message me! Just because the significance of New Year’s Resolutions has faded over the years does not mean there is no place for them. We certainly don’t want the significance of goals to fade as well! Combining the two – resolutions and goals – strengthens their outcome.