I started off 2017 with a mile long list of resolutions. Some of them I kept and some of them I fell short or burnt out on. Year after year we compile a list of things we’re going to start doing on January 1st only to abandon them by the first week of February. I will admit that this was probably the first year ever that I did not do that. Seeing as it is that time of year again, I’m going to try to be much more realistic with my resolutions this year.
Last year’s list included: complete the 52 Hike Challenge (I only made it to 32!), get into the best physical shape possible (I did, for a little bit), cook more (I’m pretty sure I actually cooked less!), and to be my best self possible (seriously? What does that even mean?). Now that we’ve all had a good laugh, let’s talk about why that didn’t work and how we can all set some more attainable goals.
How to Create Resolutions You Can Actually Keep
In my NASM certification we learned how to help our client’s set S.M.A.R.T. goals. Most of the time, we go into the gym (or in this case, the New Year) with unrealistic expectations. S.M.A.R.T. goals help you to not only find the right goals for you, but to achieve them as well. They are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. The only resolution I had created last year that was somewhat timely was the 52 hike challenge. However, due to weather and lifestyle conflicts it wasn’t realistic.
As far as becoming my best self possible, I don’t think there is any way to measure that. This year I have challenged myself and put myself out there more than I ever thought possible which has to count for something. I started this blog back in February and have learned everything I know along the way. It has been an incredible journey thus far and I’ve grown so much along the way. I have several measurable goals in place to help me continue to grow my blog in the coming year.
Believe it or not you guys, my husband does over 95% of the cooking in our house. For that, I’m truly blessed. I have no idea why I thought this was a good resolution but it’s pretty obvious why I didn’t stick to it. If there’s anything I’ve learned from making and breaking resolutions, if you aren’t passionate about it and you don’t have a timeline or incentive in place, it won’t happen.
This year, instead of saying “I want to get in shape” this next year I’ve created a much more attainable and specific set of goals for myself. Last year I got wrapped up into the “fitness lifestyle”. Which, I’m not putting it down in anyway but it wasn’t something I could maintain long-term. This year, I’m trying to be much more intuitive and realistic in regards to health and fitness. My S.M.A.R.T. 2018 fitness resolutions are to run 365 miles and hike 365 miles. It won’t be easy but it is definitely realistic and attainable.
I just finished up my intense shred program and have been taking some time off for the holidays. On January 1st I will be starting up the Fit in 45 program and would love to invite you to do it with me! Remember we are stronger as a community! To learn more about the programs I offer, click here.
Thank you all for your continued support and following along with me on this journey. I’m so thankful for each and every one of you. If you feel so inclined, I’d love to hear your 2018 resolutions below.
Happy New Year!