I’m going to be honest here. It’s something that has bothered me for a while now. It’s a love hate relationship. New Year’s Resolutions.
Why am I talking about New Year’s resolutions in May? Well, here we are a thousand days deep into this quarantine – something that we’ve never experienced before – and if you’re anything like me you’ve probably had a few days of zero motivation. Your resolutions, hopefully not, are possibly slipping. The things you’ve chosen to work on might be hanging out on the sideline because life got messy quick. Maybe you don’t even remember what your resolution was!
New Year’s Resolutions: major hype, and major letdowns. I love it when people decide they want to do something to better themselves. Whether that’s to move their body more, eat more whole foods, eat less processed foods, drink more water, say less negative things about themselves and others, watch less TV and read more books. The possibilities are endless. It’s an awesome thing to want to better yourself! However, oftentimes we forget. We forget one day and then that leads to an entire year passing by without another thought. But when it does come back into our minds, we tend to say “Oh – I’ll just try again next year.” NEXT YEAR? That’s another year of life! Another year of growth! Another year to better ourselves. Maybe your go-to is “I’ll start Monday.” What is so special about Monday? Why not tomorrow? Better yet, WHY NOT NOW? You see, it’s a love hate thing. I love when people want to start bettering themselves but I hate that they wait for a specific date to tell them to start.
After 1000+ days of social distancing and getting off our normal schedules and routines – I bet a lot of your “bettering” yourself notions are possibly thrown out the window or are hanging carelessly on the windowsill. It’s not surprising. My usual routines of life are mixed up and I’m not doing a lot of things that I love to do for myself because of ruts. The quarantine animal often wins moments of my day. Anybody else?
BUT I DO NOT WAIT UNTIL MONDAY TO JUMP BACK ON MY WAGON. When I see myself not doing things that I want to do daily such as drink enough water, get a healthy amount of steps in, eat three meals at a table while not watching TV, and staying below the time limit on my phone – I commit to myself to try again the next day, the next meal, the next time my phone says “You have reached your limit!” My daily goals are not huge or monumental – instead they are attainable. That’s another reason why I hate New Year’s Resolutions because oftentimes they are simply too drastic and they’re not able to be continued as part of a healthy lifestyle.
We have been given the gift of life every morning we wake up – let’s not waste it. Spend your days being committed to yourself. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again screaming from my rooftop – If I don’t love myself well, I cannot love others consistently well either. Since I’m a trainer I’ll use this analogy: If you want your muscles to grow, you have to work them. You have to spend the time. It’s not just 10 bicep curls. It’s work. It’s not just in January or on Mondays. It’s a daily discipline and we owe that to ourselves. So if your resolution was to stop drinking more soda than water, start today. You’ll be amazed how much more energy that water will give you than that 3rd Diet Coke.
So, if you have ‘fallen off the wagon’, climb back on. Please don’t wait until January, or even Monday. Start today. The moment you do, you’ll feel that “January Motivation” all over again. Every day can be January 1 if you want it to be! Because honestly I don’t even know what day it is today so what difference does it make? Wherever you are on your journey to bettering yourself, I hope you re-start a habit today that has fallen off. You owe it to yourself. You can do this. Happy New Year’s.