Stay On Track This Time!
What went wrong? Why did you fail last time?
Most people have great intentions and start an exercise program over and over and over again. They decide to start working out and eat healthy and within a few months, for whatever reason, find themselves back where they started. Something like a New Year’s resolution, summer, a wedding or a reunion sparks their interest and motivates them to try again. They decide they will go on a diet or they will exercise every day.
Eventually, most people fail again because they are basically mimicking exactly what they did last time.
Why do people get in the bad habit of just repeating past attempts doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different result – isn’t that the definition for insanity? The bottom line is that whatever forced you off track last time, will more than likely surface again.
This time, though, things are going to be different. You are going to be prepared and you are going to stay on track this time! You need to develop a strategy for overcoming roadblocks posed by work, kids, fatigue or lack of time. We are going to determine how you are going to balance it all. For example, if previously you found work or family responsibilities got in the way of you achieving your goals, your strategy may be to book your workout appointments into your schedule like you would any other appointment. You will carve that time out for you, your most important asset! You would not cancel a business appointment with an important client or cancel your yearly physical with your doctor. Likewise,
you must never cancel your workouts.
Another strategy may be to hire a personal trainer which will force you to stick to your exercise appointment or ask a friend to join you in a commitment to walk every day at lunch. Another example may be that at about 2 months into your program, you always get bored with what you are doing and eventually give up. So instead, you outline a list of new activities you will try every 2 months.
Whatever is YOUR obstacle, let’s develop a strategy to make this time, it doesn’t take you down!
Outline any obstacles that have surfaced in the past or that you expect will surface in the future. Once you have outlined the potential obstacles, then you can determine your strategies for overcoming them. You will be prepared – no surprises!
(you may find it necessary to outline numerous strategies for any potential obstacle)
If you are looking for something to keep you on track and to support an important cause, join us for the Girlfriends Half Marathon on Sunday October 13th. You can walk, run/walk or jog to the finish line while supporting Breast Cancer Research!
Guys, you can be part of the Pink Brigade crew for the Girlfriends Half Marathon also. You can walk, run, be a lead cyclist or a VIP Volunteer for the event. You just have to agree to raise or donate $1000 to the KearneyBreastCenter. And you can do installments throughout the year.
Parents, get your kids involved in the Kids Mini-Marathon on the same day, Sunday October 13th, and they can experience that sense of accomplishment when they cross the finish line and 100% of their fee goes to the Children’s Center.
Sherri McMillan, M.Sc. has been inspiring the world to adopt a fitness lifestyle for over 25 years and has received numerous industry awards including International Personal Trainer and Fitness Presenter of the Year. She is the author of five books including “Go For Fit – the Winning Way to Fat Loss” and “Fit over Forty” and is the featured presenter in various fitness DVDs. She is the owner of Northwest Personal Training in downtown Vancouver and can be seen running, hiking or cycling with her two children, Brianna and Jackson. She can be reached at www.nwPersonalTraining.com or www.ShapeupwithSherri.com
Note: As an avid Columbian reader, you can redeem a 2 week pass at her world-class training studio to help get you started. Contact 360.574.7292 for more details.