I hope that everyone’s 2013 is off to a great start! There’s always a lot of hype surrounding New Year’s festivities, and the dreaded resolutions that follow. The new year brings a certain pressure to completely reinvent yourself, and set goals that are down right unrealistic.
The idea of a fresh start encourages us to reassess our goals, and to look at how we want to live our lives with clearer vision. I think it’s also important to reflect on last year’s goals or resolutions and ask yourself, “how did I do, did I follow through?” If the answer is no, maybe you need to stick with last year’s goals before piling on new, potentially over zealous, resolutions for 2013. If the answer is yes, well then take a minute to pat yourself on the back and reflect positively on your efforts.
Studies show that the smaller and more specific your resolutions are, the more likely you are to succeed. [Source]
Humans are creatures of habit, so to set a big goal such as losing 50lbs when exercise and healthy eating are not part of your daily habits is, well it’s damn near impossible. The key to succeeding at your new years resolutions is to take steps toward a bigger goal, so that maybe by this time next year you will see some progress. For example, if your goal is ultimately to lose a large amount of weight, try setting your 2013 resolution to replace your morning doughnut with a healthy option. It’s a small change, but over a year it can make a big impact toward your bigger goal. All I’m sayin’ is there’s no rush to creating a completely new you just because it’s a new year!
Here’s what I came up with for some realistic goals I’d like to accomplish in 2013…
1. Focus on my upper body strength at least twice a week. I’ve always had trouble toning my arms, and building upper body strength. This year I felt it held me back from being able to do some of the more advanced Pilates exercises I would love to do!
2. Manage my time better. This was a goal from 2012 that I feel I definitely improved on this year, but I could still get better. So this year I’m going to continue to remind myself and challenge myself with regards to time management. Last year it was setting my clocks 7 mins fast, this year it’s limiting down time on the internet and replacing it with something more productive like cleaning my house…yikes!
3. Share more on my blog! I’ve enjoyed doing specific segments on my blog like “My Favorite Things Monday, and “Foodie Friday,” but after nearly a year and a half of it I’ve got so much more I want to share with you! I want to share more of my personal practice and knowledge, my client’s experiences, everyday fashion for fitness minded people, and more, without feeling limited to a certain segment.
So that’s what you have to look forward to in 2013 from me, now tell me your new goals in the comment section below!