NEW YEAR, NEW ME
Written by: Dekkel Bachar
January 1st, the day resolutioners decided that today is their day. It is the day they can hit the virtual reset button and finally start that diet, join the gym or build that hammock in their backyard that has been sitting in the box since Christmas of ’09. The start of the year is when gym owners become the real life version of the money eyes emoji and will likely make enough money to cover their yearly rent.
But let me ask you this, what is so special about January first?
I get it, it’s the start of a new year, it’s your clean slate, it’s your year. I respect that.
But why do you have to wait a whole year to better yourself?
To all you resolutioners on the path of becoming a happier, healthier you, all the power to you! I wish you the best of luck and hope you succeed with your goals.
All I’m saying is that you don’t need the start of a year or the first of the month to tell you it’s time to become a better you. In the words of Nike, JUST DO IT. No matter what month, what day, what time, a new beginning can start whenever you want it to.
The unfortunate reality though is that by January 17th, the gyms start to empty out again, resolutioners start to dwindle away from their goals and focus is lost.
So here are a couple of tips that will help you achieve your resolutions (no matter when you set them!):
Tip #1: Write down your goals, as you achieve them give yourself a reward.
Tip #2: Setbacks are normal, god knows I have them too, don’t get discouraged, power through.
Tip #3 (*this one is a biggie): Once you start seeing results DON’T STOP.
Many people decide that once their butt gets perkier or their belly gets flatter then their mission is complete, but that is what sets you up for a downward spiral of undoing all of your hard work.
Tip #4: Everything in moderation.
That’s for you about to start some crazy, sugar, flower, carb, taste free diet. If you want a slice of pizza, eat it. If you want a scoop of ice cream, enjoy it. It’s about knowing the limit of what you should be consuming, and treating yourself in moderation is never a bad idea.
Tip #5: If you are just starting to get into fitness, be aware that you might not like everything.
I cannot emphasize this one enough. For some weightlifting is a fantastic stress relief, but for others it is possibly the most boring thing you can make them endure. Find what you like, and stick to it. Working out should not feel like a chore, it should feel like the one hour a day you have to yourself and you should look forward to it. Maybe join a class or find a workout buddy!
Look, all I’m saying is that if you want to start now - do it, and do not give up. But if you decide six months from now that you’ve fallen off the ladder, do not wait until the next January 1st to start again. A new you could come wherever and whenever you find the motivation to better yourself.
Dekkel Bachar | @Dekks_
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