You’ve got less than a week before 2014 begins. And if you are like most Americans, including me, you’re about to set some health-related resolutions for the New Year. Additionally, if you are like most Americans, including me, you recently (as recently as, perhaps, five minutes ago) ate two pieces of pumpkin pie topped with home made whipped cream.
And, like me (and all the other Americans) who thoroughly enjoyed each and every Christmas cookie and peppermint bark chunk, you can no longer button some of your jeans.
And maybe, like me and the Americans, your gratitude journal has a disproportionate number of entries including the words “spandex “ and “yoga pants.”
This is why I LOVE the New Year and all its Goal Setting and Resolution Making Glory. It provides the momentum a girl needs to undo the cookie damage.
But some habits are hard to break. Namely, those involving eating and exercise. If you wake up on January 1st, believing your sugar addiction will be miraculously replaced with a jogging addiction, I regret to inform you… it ain’t gonna happen.
So, here are a few things you should to today to ensure your success in 2014:
1. If you have not done so yet, set a fitness goal. I’ve written lots of posts on goal-setting but this one is my favorite.
2. Make sure you have everything you need. If you need new shoes or a set of weights or some warm running clothes, get them today. (If you need to order P90X3, there is still time to get it to you before we start our P90X3 Group Challenge on January 6th.)
3. If you haven’t moved in a while, you may want to go for a walk, do some light weights or some yoga. Don’t start a rigorous exercise program without preparing your body first. That’s a recipe for injury and discouragement and “ouch.”
4. Renovate your pantry and fridge. No matter what health goals you set, they absolutely must involve a clean diet, rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, healthy fats and proteins derived from whole foods. (← not cookies) Grab a garbage bag and throw away all the junk. Go on. Don’t hesitate. Don’t wait until next week. Don’t contemplate giving your junk to your kids or to your friend. They don’t need your potato chips and Christmas-colored Double-Stuff Oreos any more than you do. Then, after you empty out the crap, make a meal plan and head to the store so you can restock your kitchen with all-things-healthy.
5. Get some accountability. I know it’s a vulnerable thing to do, but you really should tell someone about your goals. If you want a workout buddy, find one. If you haven’t signed up for the half-marathon, do it. If you want to join our little on-line group, I’ll be hosting a P90X3 Group Challenge
(I almost named it a “Support Group” but that sounded too much like we needed therapy.)
(Which we do, but that’s beside the point.)
But really, anyone can join, not just P90X3-ers. We’ll be checking in with each other, at least weekly, to chat about our goals and our accomplishments. And also our struggles and our muscle soreness.
I haven’t decided if we’ll just do it here on the blog and chat in the comments or if we should start a closed Facebook group. There are pros and cons to each. I welcome your input about that.
If you’re interested in joining us, let me know in the comments.
Q4U: What are your fitness goals for 2014? What are you doing now to set yourself up for success? What are you throwing away today?
Linking up with my friend Jill Conyers today.