New Years Fitness Resolution Checkpoint
OK, you worked hard on coming up with your new years resolutions on January first and that required some hard work and soul searching. Awesome! Stating your goals is 75% of the battle but the rest is execution. Its time for execution!!! Now is a good checkpoint as we are 1/4 into the new year. By this point you should have:
- Broken down your big fitness goals into small, manageable chunks.
- Signed up for all classes and events required to meet your goals
- Have a clear roadmap written down how you will achieve your goals
Lets look at an example so you can see what I mean. You are 70lbs overweight and want to have a flat stomach by the end of the year but you know nothing about fitness or nutrition. Step 1 is to break the big goal (losing 70lbs) into smaller and more manageable chunks:
- Find a good book on nutrition for weight loss and read it
- Find a common sense website for nutrition and weight loss and read it (mine or similar)
- Read about exercise for weight loss and decide on the activity type most appropriate for you
- Establish a baseline. Without changing your nutrition, write down every single thing you eat and drink for 7 complete days and then tally the calories
- Establish a daily caloric goal using a calorie calculator
- Based upon your daily caloric goal, establish weight loss expectations
- Decide which of many weight loss methods you will use
- Read about how to measure progress and buy the tools necessary so you can accurately measure your bodyfat
Step 2 is to sign up for all classes and events required to meet your goals. In the case of weight loss, perhaps PE classes at the local community college: swimming, aerobics, spinning, etc. Perhaps even a class on nutrition in this case.
Step 3 is to have a roadmap. Sit down and put dates next to all the small tasks you have listed in step 1.
Having a huge oppressive goal like “Lose 70lbs by the end of the year” just leads to denial and avoidance. Once you break it down into little manageable chunks, you see that its not so bad after all. Just take it one little step at a time and you will achieve your goal!!!
A Real Example – Me!
Please check out my 2012 goals and my training progress. My first event is in two weeks, a 200 mile bike race.