The New Year always starts off so strong – fitness wise. People are so motivated to get back into the swing of thing and into shape. Some people are great with goals and carrying them along. Others struggle to stick to the goals set and end them either before the goal has been met or as soon as they are met.
It could be that a lot of people don’t set those SMART – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely – goals, which is very hard to do if you ask me. It could also be that a lot of us aren’t great with the ‘goal’ set up of reaching an end goal. I am one of those people that don’t love to set goals. I always end up feeling too overwhelmed and over committed.
Because of this, I’ve realized it’s better for me to set my mind to a range of something and lifestyle commitment. With the lifestyle commitment change, it allows me to see how this will fit into my day to day and timeline. I am a huge planner and put everything on my Google calendar. Color coat things depending on the task. I HIGHLY recommend this to stay organized and on track if you are looking to make a lifestyle change.
When I was setting this idea into place, I made sure to mark it down on my calendar for weeks to come so I know that I will need to plan around it. I’ve been trying to stick to 2 workout classes a week for a while now but fell off toward the end of December. I know that 2 doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s attainable for me. Mentally, it’s what I need each week, and I know that if I do less than 2, I won’t feel as mentally clear as I do when I do at least 2 a week. I am currently on Classpass and I take 1 cardio class, then 1 pilates type class. I recently took a personal training class at Vive and it kicked my butt so I have been thinking about testing it out for a few months.
On top of this, I am hoping to add in at least 1 outdoor activity on the weekend, like walking the lake or finding a hiking spot. It’s so good to be outside to get some fresh air and connect with nature, plus my dog loves it! During my workouts, one of the changes I’m hoping to make is that the weekend outdoor activity will be more leisurely, while the weeknight workouts will be challenging. I am really looking to push myself during these.
I know it’s a small tweak in my life, but that’s where changes start! If you’re looking to start working out or to mix in a few more workouts a week – try utilizing your calendar. Next, check yourself out mentally. See what point in the week your workouts start to mentally affect you positively and feed off of that!
On top of getting mentally cleared during my workout, I am trying to stay in touch with my mind and body more often. It’s easy to get into a funk. It’s so important to stay checked in to yourself and to be aware of how you’re feeling.
I’ve listed a few more things I’m doing this year to set myself up to feel good mentally:
- Read daily quotes
- Listen to happy music
- Smile + laugh more
- Read daily bible verses
- Say yes – to plans, people, opportunities
- Brush things off
- Be a friend + be good to others
I have always loved going to church for the message, but have never been a consistent churchgoer. Don’t get me wrong that just because it’s the new year I’m suddenly going to be changed. That’s not what I am looking to do. Instead, I am going to start at home, mentally by reading daily bible verses.
Next, I am going to look for a church that I really like and can see myself being a part of. I’ve gone to church a couple times in the last few months and haven’t really felt connected to the message. This is totally okay. It’s not that you’re not connected spiritually, it just might not be the right church for you. I’ve pinged my friends to see if I can tag along with them to their favorites to see if I end up liking one. If I do, I hope to stick there.
I’m not the best at being consistent, so I am going to take this one slow with just finding a place first. From there, I might try to get into a routine. Every time I went to church last year, I always went with a positive mindset and left feeling good about it. Connecting myself spiritually will also help me mentally.
What are your fitness, mental, and spiritual goals for this year? Did you set resolutions? I’d love to hear what they are in the comments below!
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