Happy New Year, all! I hope everyone had a great time with family and friends.
Not surprisingly, the beginning of January brings talk of New Year’s resolutions. I know this post is a little late as it’s already half way through January but better late then never! I’m not a big fan of new year resolutions because I try to set goals as life moves along not just at the beginning of the year and find new year resolutions are usually set to fit social convention and not for personal growth. That being said, lets give it a go!
I have followed the blog A Beautiful Mess for a number of years and I found this fun post about resolutions. Check out their 5 Tips for Making and Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions and try it out yourself.
Before you sit down to decide what your resolution will be, take a look at this TED Talk interview that addresses the issue of willpower and why certain goals are simply not attainable. I have decent willpower with some things, but certainly rely on my friends and family to motivate me as well.
The most consistent goal that seems to crop up in January is weight loss. My theory is indulge over the holiday season and work just a little harder after. It usually works ish!
1. Think long term but manageable.
I have been practicing Bikram Yoga for 7 years (on and off) and have fallen into the mind set that if I practice a couple times a week I have reached my exercise quota of the week. My resolution is to stick to a schedule and practice at least 3 times per week if not more. The second part of this resolution is to go to bed earlier so I can get up for 9:30 am classes. I think the second part will be the most difficult as I have never been a morning person.
2. Create a plan, and plan to start NOW.
To kickoff my resolution, I just started a one month unlimited pass with two of my friends who are doing 30 day challenges. The girls hold me accountable and get me out of bed at the crack of dawn (8 am is the crack of dawn in my world). I have heard that it takes 21 days to make something a habit so the plan is that I will be in the habit of doing yoga at least 3 days a week by the end of my unlimited pass. From there I will work to maintain my goal at my regular studio. I would also like to try different types of yoga this year as the opportunity presents itself.
3. Write down your goal and display it some where you will see it.
I took this a step further, I wrote a blog post about it and told a bunch of people. I am counting on you Diggit community!
4. Reward yourself, and remind yourself why you made it your goal.
I never have a problem reminding myself why I practice yoga. It is the best all around exercise I have found so far. In 90 minutes I work hard on my body and mind and follow a bizarre journey of feeling great, then sweaty, then strong, then incredibly weak, then way too hot, then relieved, then good. It’s a weird and wonderful journey that I have learned to love most days. Also, yoga causes some reaction in my body that makes me feel like eating salads so that is a plus!
Good luck on your resolutions and I will let you know how mine goes!