Monday, December 29, 2008

Motivational Mondays (Dec. 29)

Let's get motivated! Why? It's the only week of the year where you can officially kiss old habits goodbye and usher in a new era with the drop of a hat... or actually, the drop of a ball would be appropriate.

New Year's is upon us and with it comes hope, encouragement, the chance for something new. New Year's Resolutions are as much of a tradition around this time of year as champagne (or sparkling cider) and Christmas trees. Every year, seemingly everyone makes one or three or 12 resolutions.

Now, there is a trick to making them work. There really is. You have to want something but you have to want something that is realistic. I would love to have a barrel chest, broad shoulders and biceps that bulge out of my sleeves but that is about as realistic as wanting wings and the ability to fly. First, I'm not genetically engineered that way, to support that kind of muscle mass. And secondly, I can tell you right now that I will not commit that much time and energy to build up my arms. I have time and energy for distance running, not pumping iron.

Be realistic. Set realistic goals. And be specific.

"I want to lose weight" is an unrealistic goal... or if anything a bit too vague. "I want to lose five pounds by Feb. 1" is a much more realistic and attainable goal.

"I want my house to be clean" is not realistic (around here anyway). "I will clean my kitchen on Mondays, the bathrooms on Tuesdays, the bedrooms on Wednesdays and the living room on Thursdays" is more attainable.

Don't set yourself up for failure by making poor New Year's Resolutions. It will work against you. Failing to meet goals or live up to far-too-high standards will be counterproductive.

I will set realistic New Year's Resolutions for myself. I can think of three off the top of my head that will probably become resolutions in some fashion or another. I will share those later in the week so look out for that. And I will think those through thoroughly and decide if I can attain such goals or if I'm only setting myself up for failure.

Because the last thing I want to do is long for a chiseled chest and wind up with flab.


Pamela said...

Hey LB! Thanks for your well wishes for my Anniversary! We had a great time...and some peace which was sooo nice! LOVE your motivational Mondays by the way. By the way, I want to post a slide show on my blog, but I'm having trouble. I have one set up w/ shutterfly and flickr and when I try to use them through the slide show gadget on blogger, they come up super tiny. Hard to see the photos. Any advice? Thank LB! :) BIG HUGS!

Lissaloo said...

I have started a weight loss blog/plan, Thank You for your example & motivationals :) I'm still thinking it all through, so your advice about specifics was well timed. I'm really excited about it, and it's long over-due :)