Rethink How You Approach New Years Resolutions

25550377_10155943496583607_2418734808372378254_nLast week, we discussed the 4 Most Important Tips to Winning at Fitness. There is one more thing that is critical to achieving any goal that you set and that’s making sure your Mind is Right. Many people start January with solid and positive intentions and resolutions but shortly after, sabotage their own efforts without even realizing. Everyone knows how important exercising and eating healthy is to overall health, and yet a very small percentage of people do it so where’s the disconnect? The reality is that many people consistently talk themselves out of doing something that they know they should do because there will be a challenge of some sort involved. It will require them to step out of their comfort zone, to work hard or do something they aren’t good at. The result is that tiny voice that exists in all of us that can sideline our efforts.

Remember that if you want to change your body, you have to change your mind. If you can reset your thoughts, you can transform your life.

So the next time you hear that little voice inside your head saying “If I miss this workout, it’s no big deal”, “I can always start tomorrow”, “I don’t feel like doing it – I’d rather just sit here and watch TV”, or “This one piece of cheese cake is not going to make that much of a difference”, stop your thoughts and try rephrasing them. Whenever you find yourself succumbing to negative self-talk that will take you away from achieving your goals, try this type of positive self-talk instead. Do whatever you can to convince yourself to just do what you know you need to do!

“Once I’m done this workout, I’m going to feel so great. Remember the last workout. I felt so amazing when I was done. I’ll just get started.   won’t think about it. I’ll just do it and once I get going, I know I’ll feel much better!”

“I don’t really feel like working out. Everyone feels like that at some point, but those who achieve their goals do it anyways. Anything worth achieving is worth working for. The commitment, discipline and consistency is what is going to transform my body and change my life!”

“I really want to start today. If I keep putting it off, I’m never going to reach my goals. Let me just start and even if I just do a few minutes, something is better than nothing.”

“I can’t workout because I’m so exhausted. Wait, that’s not true. The last time I was really tired, I worked out anyways and I felt so much better afterwards. In fact, I’m so tired that I actually need to move my body to feel more energized.”

“Watching TV is not going to help me accomplish my goal. I’m going to shut off the TV, start my workout and then when I’m done, I’ll watch some TV as a reward for my efforts.”

“If I eat this piece of cheesecake right now it means that instead of my body using up my fat for energy, it’s going to be storing more fat on my body. I don’t really need the cheesecake. I’m really not even that hungry. Let me drink a full glass of water and wait 10 minutes. Then if I still want the cheesecake I’ll share a piece with my friend.”

A strong body requires a strong mind so focus first on getting your thoughts pointed in the direction of your goals, and it will make achieving them so much easier! Here’s to you creating an incredible 2018!

Yours in health & fitness,
Sherri McMillan

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Sherri McMillan

Sherri McMillan

Sherri McMillan, holds a master's degree in exercise physiology and has been inspiring the world to adopt a fitness lifestyle for more than 33 years. She has received numerous industry awards including 2010 CanFitPro International Presenter of the Year, 2006 IDEA Fitness Director of the Year, 1998 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, 1998 CanFitPro Fitness Presenter of the Year and 2005/2006 ACE Fitness Educator of the Year - Runner up. She is a fitness trainer, fitness columnist for various magazines and newspapers, author of five books and manuals including "Go For Fit - the Winning Way to Fat Loss" and "Fit over Forty" and the featured presenter in various fitness DVDs. She has presented hundreds of workshops to thousands of fitness leaders throughout Canada, Australia, Mexico, Jamaica, New Zealand, Germany, England, Spain, South America, Asia and the U.S. She is the owner of Northwest Personal Training in downtown Vancouver, the founder of WHY Racing Events & WHY Community, participates in various community fundraisers and can be found running, biking, or hiking around the community. Find more information at

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