Updated: Jan 31
The new year can be intimidating! Most of us want to grasp that fresh opportunity and make the most of it- and that can make us feel like we need to do everything at once. Of course, we can't actually do it all right here, right now, so we quickly become overwhelmed and that is what makes us quit by February! It's not because you are incapable of making change, but because you've required to much of yourself.
Ever heard the expression "trying to drink water from a fire hose"? Yeah. Not the best way to stay hydrated. Just like more water doesn't equal better hydration in every situation, more goals, checklists, and new changes doesn't automatically equal a better life.
Instead of trying to do it all this year, let's take it "one sip at a time".
I suggest every two weeks making one sustainable change. By sustainable, I mean could you do that thing until you're 90 years old?
The cabbage soup diet is a good example of an unsustainable change. There is no way you are only eating cabbage soup until you are 90 years old. Sure, you'll lose weight if you do that diet, but after a month you will be "hangry" and malnourished, and your body will force you to go back to eating like you did before, and therefore you will go back to the weight you were before.
Deciding to drink water during your afternoon break instead of the Coke you usually drink is a sustainable change. It's small, it's doable, and over time as you add many small changes together, the big changes will happen on their own as a result!
What is the first small, sustainable change will you wish to make?
If you need help and support, the women at our gym, the coaches and members alike, would love to help you stay accountable! We are a community of women who want to see you succeed! Come to our group classes to experience that community, or book a personal training session and get some one-on-one specialized advice!
Happy 2023! Let's make this year sustainable!
-Christi Strickland, Manager