By: Marcia Conard
In an effort to turn over a new leaf and try to set some good goals in our lives, we often start anew with the beginning of each new year. Sometimes our resolutions are similar to previous years, but this is the year we are actually going to achieve the goal we tell ourselves. Sometimes our resolutions are brand new goals. Sometimes we achieve our goals and sometimes we experience setbacks or get discouraged and don’t follow through. Whatever the case, New Year’s Resolutions are a time-honored tradition. So, what are some of the most popular resolutions? Here’s a list:
- Diet or eating healthier
- Exercise more
- Lose weight
- Spend less and save more
- Learn a new skill or start a new hobby
- Quit smoking
- Read more
- Change jobs
- Drink less alcohol
- Spend more time with family and friends
See any here that may be on your list? Often times we start out with the best intentions, but easily get discouraged and give up. Why? Well, let’s discuss it!
Let’s say “exercise more” is one of your resolutions. Why? Because there are so many wonderful benefits which make you feel better and happier like improving your mental health and lowering your blood pressure to name a couple. So why do we fail to follow through and regularly get the exercise we should? Is it because we had a little setback and we didn’t tell ourselves it’s OK to have a misstep now and again, but not to give up completely. Sometimes we need to make adjustments in our plan. So how do we stay motivated? Here are some suggestions that may help:
- Make your goals realistic so you don’t become overwhelmed. You can always adjust these goals.
- Do something that you enjoy. Maybe sweating at the gym is not your thing, but you enjoy a walk after dinner in your neighborhood or picturesque area, take a dance class, or volunteer to walk the neighbor’s dog. Exercise doesn’t need to sound like work.
- Set yourself a schedule and then develop the schedule into a habit. A lot of people find exercising in the morning is an easier habit to develop because that is when your cortisol levels are higher and give you that get up and go feeling. If your schedule doesn’t allow you 30 minutes for exercise, perhaps mini-sessions of 15 minutes each will work better for you.
- Don’t compare yourself to someone else. After all, this is about you!
- Make it convenient. If you don’t have time to go to the gym or the weather outside is inclement, try an online or on demand video instead. Find your Plan B!
- If possible, find a workout partner/walking partner. Why? Because it’s more fun when it is more social, you are more accountable because you don’t want to let your partner down, and you will probably exert more effort then exercising alone due to our competitive nature.
- Some people need to chart their success. Maybe you need to keep a
journal with the date, time spent, and activity logged. It may include how many steps or reps were done so you can track your consistency and/or improvements.
- It never hurts to have cheerleaders! It always helps to have people who support and encourage you.
- Most of all, a misstep is not an excuse for giving up, so get over the guilt and start again! . . . . and
- Don’t forget to reward yourself every now and again for staying the course!
These are suggestions and the list is not all inclusive. Find the things that work for you to keep you motivated no matter what the resolution is. When trying to reach your goal(s) with your resolution(s), if you are getting discouraged and the course you are taking to reach that goal doesn’t seem to be working, look at things from a different perspective. Maybe you need to discuss the problem with someone else to figure out what your motivators should be as you re-chart your course to success!
Good luck! You can do this! Believe in yourself!
Happy New Year!
By Marcia Conard
Marcia Conard is a life-long resident of the Blue Water Area. Marcia has an Associate of Science Degree from St. Clair County Community College. Marcia was licensed by the Federal Government as a Customhouse Broker and worked in Management and as a Director for over 30 years in the Customs Brokerage business. Marcia has two grown sons also living and raising families in the Blue Water Area. Marcia joined the Grant Smith Health Insurance Agency as the operations manager in May, 2017.