Saturday, January 14, 2012

Don't Look Back Now, It's a New Year

January 1st found me and my dear hubby (aka "Big D") thoroughly disgusted with ourselves.   The reverie of the holidays, as enjoyable as they were, left our bodies bloated and sluggish.   It was time to take off our feedbags and amp up the exercise.  Happy flippin' New Year.

January 2nd, Big D and I took on P90 Circuit with a vengeance.

January 3rd, Big D worked late and I did P90 Sculpt alone.

January 4th, I asked Big D if he wanted to work out but he was too exhausted.  I caved and decided "comfy, cozy" was a good option for me too.

By the end of the first week, I had only worked out a couple of times and Big D. not at all since that first day.  Yet, we weren't eating cannoli for breakfast or making declarations like, "Well, it's 5 o'clock somewhere!"

Lulled into a false sense of security, we were on the fast track to complacency. 

Fifty percent of people who join gyms in January quit within six months.  I would love to know how many of those people really only go for the first month, then take two more months to admit to themselves they aren't going back, and then another three to actually go into the club, face their shame, and cancel their membership. It's no mystery why almost no club will allow you to cancel over the phone.
Here's the realization that kicked me back into gear: motivation based on shame isn't sustainable.

If you were ever in a position where it was always about catching up on what you didn't get done (or did wrong) yesterday, or last quarter or last year, then you know what I am talking about. 

Similarly, trying to just "undo" the gluttony of the holidays isn't enough to keep the fire lit under our jiggly butts. 

Sustainable motivation is based on outcomes. 

Note I didn't say "goals."  Goals are about setting targets.  Outcomes are about reaching them.

Focusing on the abundant feelings of energy, accomplishment and fabulosity I know I will have after I get back into my healthy, fit groove -- THAT is what gets my arse out of my comfy cozy.

If you find yourself wavering on your own New Year's resolutions, think about what's motivating you.  If it's "so last year," adjust accordingly.   Focus on what you want to be, do, or have in the future, not what haunts you from the past.  Focus on outcomes.

Here's wishing you a happy, healthy, prosperous 2012!

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A said...

Love this post! It's happened to me so many times before - I've begun to exercise and then wavered and then given up, making the excuse that I was too tired after work. I decided the whole new year's resolution wasn't going to work either.
I ended up just getting up one day, beginning an exercise regime (at home because I feel more comfortable and unwatched there) and stuck to it. So far I've been going for 10 weeks, which isn't bad!

- A

Tammy said...

I need a way to except the reality of not getting the same results from excersising at 40 as I did when I was 20. Oh so hard to admit. Seems to be taking double the strenth, motivation, and time so I'm hoping I'll be twice as satisfied with the outcome. lol What I wouldn't give to toss out those Spanx for good! :)

Sarah said...

Love this post. I'm using a new goal setting app on my iPad that helps we stay focused on the outcomes I want to achieve.

Cascia Talbert said...

I am so proud to say that I have been working out regularly for about three weeks strait now. I can see and feel an improvement too.

Sarah said...

I knew there was a good reason I don't sign up with any gyms. Happy (flipping) New Years to you!

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