Don't Sell Yourself Short

Creating goals you can achieve is important, but if you don't push yourself, you might not know what you can really accomplish

January 10, 2013
Don't Sell Yourself Short

With January underway, people are walking around with a fresh and ambitious spirit for the New Year. Personally, I do not believe in resolutions, but rather moving more towards improving lifestyle or aspects of it. That said, I do love the energy of those who resolve get fit and get the gym buzzing every January.

The other day I heard someone say, “Resolutionists give up by February 14th,” and it actually broke my heart. No, I don't think I can save the world one hot booty at a time, but I love to see people give their new endeavor a chance and do what they set out to do. Let’s face it: we’ve all been guilty of starting something new, then dropping the ball when we realize how hard it really is. On top of that, we tend not to take any responsibility whatsoever for the failed attempt. How many times do you hear people say that they used to work with a trainer but they didn't like how they trained, or used to follow a diet but it didn't have this or that?

We are all in charge of our own lives. If you are looking to get in shape but can't seem to find the time, make the time. If you want to lose 10, 15, or 100 pounds, then commit to it and do it. It’s all about fighting those feelings of wanting to give up. If everyone gave up when things got too hard, we wouldn't be here today.

Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, “I’M POSSIBLE.” And giving change a chance not only applies to your fitness goals; it could be work or even relationship. If you don't like something, change it. But I will tell you this: changing for a day, a week, or even a month will not reap the benefits you are looking for. You have to stick to it. There will be rough days, and you will want to throw in the towel but the greatest thing about life is that it goes on.

I always challenge my clients to come up with feasible goals, ones that they can work towards slowly and steadily. What goes up quickly will come down just as quickly, but if you take your time, you build something with a solid foundation. Make life easier, and actually give yourself a reward for achieving a goal. Make mini goals and think of them as building blocks. I always tell myself that a couple good days strung together just got me that much closer to my goal.

One thing you cannot do is give up; you owe it to yourself to give your change a chance. Anyone can diet for 6, 12, or 20 weeks, but its what happens after that counts, because any competitor will tell you that if you just hop right into the bread basket, followed by Coldstone, followed by popcorn, followed by… you get the point. So, no, it’s not your trainer's fault, or your gym's fault, or your boyfriend's fault. You have the choice to do what you want to do, but don’t sell yourself short. Your body will thank you!

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