It’s that time of the year again where we all make our resolutions for this here new year.
You know the ones …
- I am going to lose weight
- I am going to go to the gym
- I am going to quit smoking
- I am going to read more
The FIRST problem with those resolutions is that they are not specific!
- How much weight are you going to lose?
- How often are you going to go to the gym, and what are you going to focus on at the gym?
- By when will you quit smoking?
- How much more are you going to read? A book a week, a month, what?!
Once the resolution/goal has been clearly defined, then you can break it down into manageable chunks …
- I am going to lose 1 pound of fat per week while keeping or gaining muscle
- I am going to go to the gym 4 days a week, 3 days which will be focused on cardio on light weights for fat loss, and 1 day focused on heavier weights for muscle toning or gaining.
- I will reduce my smoking by 2 cigarettes per day, which means that I will have my last cigarette on 6 March.
- I will read a book a week, which turns roughly into 1 hour of reading per day.
Now that you have your big resolutions/goals broken down into fine details, now all you need to do is break it down by day, and then you have a set of resolutions for that day …
- I will eat 3 healthy meals today which is high in protein and good fats and low in carbohydrates.
- I am going to the gym today and will run on the treadmill for 15 minutes, followed by 15 minutes on the rowing machine, followed by 15 minutes of full body workout with light weights.
- I will smoke 2 fewer cigarettes today than I did yesterday.
- I will read for 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the evening in the current book that I am busy reading.
Not only is this so very simple, but, it is SO much easier to do than what most people do with their new year’s resolutions!