So we've just finished stuffing our faces with endless amounts of chocolate, desserts, beer, and more chocolate! If you are like me, you are feeling pretty guilty. Guilt for not being outside enough and for eating WAY too much food (though my Italian grandmother begs to differ).
The holidays are over and now it’s time to get back to the grind! This happens every year, we tell ourselves we’ll get back into it in the new year, but it’s short lived. Life happens and we get sucked into the old routines we know best.
So, instead of telling ourselves that this year will be different and making unattainable goals (like, riding my bike for 5 hours every single day and eating ONLY spinach and chicken), we’re going to focus on staying motivated and making realistic goals that are attainable.
We all want to eat healthier and get outside more, best part is, we all know exaclty how to do it. We just need an extra boost to keep the ball rolling.
Here are 3 tips I use to keep every year a good one!
1. Set small goals that eventually tackle a big one - Don’t just think long term. Yeah, I totally want to get all the Hiawatha QOM’s Strava has to offer, but I’m going to start with the ones I’m closest to and celebrate the “small” victories. One at a time my friend….
2. Surround yourself with the right peeps – Nobody likes a Negative Nancy. Personally, surrounding myself with positive people is my greatest motivator! When I see success in my friends and family, and seeing how happy they are, it makes me crave that same feeling. As Zig Ziglar says, "You can't scratch with the turkeys if you want to fly with the eagles."
3. It’s about the journey- This sounds so cliché, but it’s so true! When you work hard towards a goal and give it your all, you feel THAT much better hitting it. You appreciate the victory more and feel more pride reaching that goal. AND, if you aren’t able to reach your goal, at least you know that you did everything in your power to try. Nobody regrets trying; they regret NOT trying hard enough.