Saturday, December 28, 2013

New Years Eve/Day is always packed full of "RESOLUTIONS" like:
Lose Weight
Volunteer to Help Others
Quit Smoking
Get a Better Education
Get a Better Job
Save Money
Get Fit
Eat Healthy Food
Manage Stress
Manage Debt
Take a Trip
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
Drink Less Alcohol

However, December always rolls around and we all look back and wonder where time went. We find ourselves making the same resolution for the following year because we failed at our previous resolution.
Why do we keep setting the same goal that we keep failing at?
Maybe your resolution was more of a wish rather than a goal? Or maybe your asking what's the difference between a goal and a wish?
Let me ask you this, in the past when you've made a New Year's resolution, did you make a plan of action to go along with it? Did you incorporate any accountability partners?
My journey of weight loss didn't start on January 1st. My journey started in May after I had finished my junior year of college. My annual doctors check up revealed I was on a path toward diabetes. There wasn't an "Ok, I'm starting tomorrow" moment. It was a moment where I saw myself in the mirror, 230 pounds on the scale, and a feeling deep inside of me that I needed to get myself healthy and happy.  I started my weight loss journey with my food consumption. I knew I had a problem of over eating so I began educating myself by reading Tosca Reno's Eat Clean book and Oxygen Fitness Magazine. Both reads STRONGLY recommended me logging EVERYTHING I consumed and the more I did it, the better I got at it. I then started planning what I was going to eat for the following day. I knew if I saved logging my food for the end of the day, I would log everything and go to bed feeling guilty and frustrated by what I had ate. By logging and planning what I was going to have for the following day, I was setting myself up for success and I was completely in charge of my consumption.
Lastly, I wrote on a piece of paper a 1 month goal, a 3 month goal, a 6 month goal, and a 1 year goal. I shared with my mother and then I signed and hung it on the refrigerator.  I knew that if it were just up to me to hold myself accountable, I'd let myself slip. By letting someone else in on my goals and why it was important to me, added another level to my success. I was more willing to follow through because I didn't want to let myself or another person down.
As we welcome in 2014, let me ask not your RESOLUTION, but what's your plan of ACTION? To be completely honest, if there's no action or accountability, why are you even making a resolution? You have to start something and everyone has to start somewhere. Make the year of 2014 a year of "Action and No Excuses"! Your RESOLUTION is in your Hands of ACTION.
BeBlessed Champions~


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