It me! Probably didn’t recognize me since it’s a new decade, but it is in fact me, your friendly neighborhood Hey Y’all Blog. I’m coming at you with a revolutionary blog post that no one has ever written about before: fitness resolutions!
“But Conner, there’s NO way we believe in your resolutions since you posted a bunch of them last year and didn’t follow through on ANY of them.”
First of all, that’s rude. Second of all, that’s absolutely true. Third of all, I have a new plan. Trust me.
I genuinely think New Year’s resolutions were invented so people could fail. You go into a New Year, feeling fresh and energized (or maybe not) and you make a BUNCH of plans. Drink more water, go to the gym every day, read books, eat clean, etc. And then by January 3rd, you’re back on your couch, four seasons in to The Office which you’ve already seen a thousand times. If this sounds very personal, it’s because I’m talking about myself.
I love the idea of New Year’s resolutions, but I hate New Year’s resolutions. And I think it’s because never in the history of ever making a resolution have I set myself up for success. There’s one step beyond making a resolution: planning for your resolution. I made a bunch of resolutions this year, but here I’m going to focus on my fitness resolutions and how I’m actually going to keep them this year.
My goal: To get absolutely SHREDDED
My actual goal: Get back in the gym regularly, drink more water, and feel better about myself
At one point in my life, I was a very active person. I played sports and I was invincible. That was ten years ago. Since I’ve been in college, I have the stamina and back problems of an elderly man. I have done nothing but make excuses about why I can’t get into a fitness routine, and then I feel bad when I’m watching 20-year-olds tear it up at the Olympics. It’s time for a change.
Here are the steps I’m taking to reach my fitness resolutions (and keep them).
- MAKE A COMMITMENT. This is the biggest one. It sounds easy, but it’s actually very hard because this is something you have to convince yourself to do. It’s easy to convince someone else to do something, but if you’re like me, convincing yourself is like arguing with a very angry meerkat.
- INVEST IN YOUR RESOLUTION. I’m not a scientist, but I know you’re 87000% more likely to do something if you’ve put money behind it. Invest in a gym membership, enroll in an online program, buy the expensive running shoes you’ll need to reach your goal.
- GET SOMEONE TO PUSH YOU. Whether this is physically pushing you out of bed (thanks, Drew) or cheering you on and holding you accountable, you need to let someone else in on your goals. Nothing good has ever been accomplished alone. (That’s good. Someone make that into a Pinterest quote. @ me when it becomes famous).
- MAKE A PLAN. You absolutely have to do this, no matter what your resolution is. If you’re trying to get back in the gym, make a schedule and stick to it. I go in the mornings Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. If I have more time, I’ll add it in later, but I at least commit to my morning schedule. Don’t wait for life to slow down because it won’t. Make a plan to change or everything will stay the same (ANOTHER good Pinterest gem. I have a good feeling about these, y’all.)
- BE EXCITED. Am I excited to get up before 6am during the week and go to the gym? Absolutely NOT. Pretty sure actual tears came out of my eyes when the alarm went off this morning. But I AM really excited about my workout clothes. And I am also really excited that working out means I can eat 6 meals a day in the name of fitness. Find a way to get pumped about your resolution, especially if you’re not really pumped about your resolution.
- USE YOUR RESOURCES. I kid you not, “drink more water” has been my resolution for the last five years. Obviously, I have never accomplished this. This year, I have a great water bottle AND I downloaded an app that sends reminders straight to my Apple Watch. It literally annoys me into drinking water. It’s amazing. Get a planner, find some good apps, and keep track of your progress! (I’m also using this app to track fitness/food/progress!)
- BE PATIENT. This is my biggest problem (especially as an angry meerkat). My attention span is 2 seconds, life gets busy, I get bored, and I don’t keep up with my goals. If I don’t drink enough water one day, I’m ready to throw my hands up and say this is IMPOSSIBLE. Don’t be like me. Be better than me. Give yourself some grace. If you miss a day, pick it up the next day. When your schedule gets out of whack, make a new schedule. If you go on vacation and don’t keep track of your meals, let it go and keep moving forward.
You will see progress. It won’t be overnight and it might be difficult, but it will happen. Set yourself up for success and DESTROY your goals!
Here are some of my favorite fitness finds, from planners to health to clothes:
What are your fitness resolutions? Let me know below!