This was the year I was going to do it. This year, 2011, would be the year that I finally lost the weight and felt good – felt healthy – once again.
Sounds pretty cliché, doesn’t it? Every other 20-something probably said the same thing this year.
I’m not largely overweight, and I work out on a regular basis. I’ve been athletic for my entire life, I make good use of my gym membership and consider myself a cardio queen. But this New Year, I wanted to work on my strength; I wanted to tone up the flabbier muscles a bit. I planned to do so through weight and strength training.
I can feel the difference in my body when I am in good shape. My family can tell the difference, too. I have more energy, I sleep better and I am constantly in a better mood. Improving my fitness not only improves my quality of life, but it improves the quality of life for those around me, as well.
As of Jan. 24, I have yet to step into the weight section of my gym.
Why? I can’t really say. In the beginning, I told myself I would start tomorrow. That run I just did, that surely was enough for the day, I thought, justifying my lack of strength training.
And now the whole weight lifting and strength training thing has gotten away from me a little bit. By now, more than three weeks in, I should be feeling a little stronger than I did in 2010. But I don’t. In fact, I feel a little worse than I did at the end of 2010. Christmas and New Year’s sweets and celebrations certainly didn’t help.
It’s difficult to get started when you haven’t worked out in a long time. It hurts, I feel lethargic and lazy, and my motivation suffers big time. Recognizing just how far I’ve fallen since the last time I lifted weights is a big de-motivator for me, and I think a part of me is afraid of how far I’ve let myself go.
I also lacked a structured, definitive goal with my training. Had I set a definitive, measurable goal, I likely would have been more motivated to follow through on the actions. I didn’t, though, and I never quite made it into the gym.
It’s time for me to do something about it.
So instead of making a New Year’s resolution, I am going to make a Jan. 24 resolution. Beginning today, I am going to get into the weight room and work through my weight-lifting routine. It will be the first step toward accomplishing my new, measurable goal.
At this point, I’m sure I am not the only person in this situation, so I’m challenging you all to do the same. Have you fallen off your New Year’s resolution already? Do you want to get started again? Don’t wait for a new year – 2012 is still pretty far off!
You don’t need a new year to find a reason to better yourself. Every day is a day that can be used to improve your life. Don’t let another year go by before you make a new resolution. Get out there and accomplish your goals, at any time of year.
Being the best you can be does not just happen in January. Start today, and be the best year round!