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December 25, 2013

Tom T.

New Year's Resolutions

These things are disastrous. However, most people continue year-after-year to resolve to do great things in the coming year. Your friendly personal trainer and healthy living blogger will tell you that you are better off without making resolutions. Not me though. I am here to encourage you to take back New Year's Resolutions. Make them yours, make them a good thing once again.

That's it end of post, go make your resolutions and hope you reach them. Not really. But, this is what most people do with resolutions. I'm sure you have read other articles and blog post that claim they have the solution to make your NY ResolutionsNew Year's resolution a success. I will be the first to tell you that I do not have all the answers, but I have some suggestions. This is not a fool-proof-plan-for-making-your-new-year-the-best-ever, rather just a place to start crafting a well thought out resolution that you have a chance of reaching.

Make a Goal (your resolution)

This is where most people fail. It sounds easy to set a goal. Just pick what you want to work on this year, right?

Wrong! There are steps to crafting a good goal. Do the goals pictured above sound like resolutions you have set in past years? If so, you are not alone.

1. Make your resolution reasonable and attainable. If your goal is to look like this by the end of next year you may want to rethink your resolution.

NY Resolution - I'm not trying to discourage you from reaching peak fitness, but take a realistic look at your life, your schedule and then set your goal.

2. Put a finish date on your resolution - not "by the end of they year". Too much time allows you to procrastinate, too little means you may not have ample time to get there.

3. Be specific. Lose weight. Exercise more. These are not good resolutions. Make the goal measurable. And for the record I am not advocating your goal be a number on the scale. I am advocating that your goal be a number of push-ups (or pull-ups) you can do or the length of time you can hold a plank or the number of miles you can run without stopping. Focus on the actions you can take and the scale will come around.

Make a Plan

So you have a reasonable, specific goal that has a deadline. Great! How are you going to get there? If you fail to plan you plan to fail (cliche I know). Sitting back hoping that you reach your objective by your deadline will not help you complete it. Making the plan is the fun part. This is where you get to make a strategy. Make mini-goals, lay out a step-by-step playbook, write out your plan of attack. The more detail the better.

Evaluate the Outcome

You made your resolution, drafted your plan and come to your deadline. Did you reach your goal? There are only two answers here, 'yes' and 'no'. Path number one, failure. FailureIf you quit at this point you did fail. If you evaluate you can learn. Find out what didn't work. Was your goal too lofty, your deadline too short (or too long) or your plan just flawed? Find out the 'why' behind your result. The same is true of your success. What worked? Was your goal too easy? Did you have a killer strategy and follow it to perfection? Moral of the story evaluate your success (and apply it in the future) and you failure (don't make the same mistake twice).

My Resolution

Here is my resolution: to become a better runner. This is too vague, right? So, I will start with a goal in January. As stated in my prior post, my goal is to run two times per week for at least 3 miles each run. I now have an attainable, specific goal that has a deadline (end of January).

I need a plan. Just expecting to run twice a week without knowing when I have time available may lead to failure. Running is out on Sunday and Tuesday because those are hockey nights. That leaves Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Taking into consideration strength training two days a week and a rest day leaves only two days to run.

Mondays are a great day for upper body strength training. Any of the other days are wide open. This will allow flexibility to my training. In the interest of planning I will schedule my running days on Thursday and Saturdays, knowing that if my schedule will not permit running on those days I can adjust. Now the important part, getting to work.

The Meaning of Christmas

Different people have different opinions on this topic. Religion plays a big part for some people.

For some it is about giving and getting gifts. And for others it is the joy of seeing Clark W. Griswold freak out.

No matter what your religion, affinity for gifts or preference for Christmas movies, there is nothing like watching children excited for the holiday. When they are young, just seeing the presents under the tree on Christmas morning is exciting. My daughter is just old enough to understand what is going on. She told Santa this year that she wanted presents for Christmas. Nothing specific, just presents. My point is that the magic of Christmas is found in children and does not last but a few years. So spend as much time as you can with your family and make this time of year magical for the kids in your life even if they are not your kids.

One Last Thing...

This may be my last post of 2013. I only started writing about six months ago. It is still amazing to me that there are those of you out there that read my blog. I started not knowing if anyone would read. The point was to do something new, write about things that I love and to hold my self accountable for living in a more healthy way. Along the way I have discovered a passion for cooking, learned that there is more to being healthy than hitting the gym and found a very supportive online community. What I am trying to say is 'thank you'. Thank you to those who have answered my emails and helped me make this blog better, thank you to those who have commented on my posts and thank you to those who read even though I don't know who you are, maybe something you have read hear has helped you this year. And most of all thank you to my wife for putting up with my endless hours on the computer, for understanding dinner may take a little longer tonight because I am trying a new recipe for the blog and want to take pictures of every step and for supporting me.

Categories: fitness, fitness goals, running, Tips | Tags: Christmas Vacation reference, Major League reference, Meaning of Christmas, New Years Resolution, Se

My Name is Tom T.

Hi, I'm Tom T. Here you will get a little fitness, a few recipes and a healthy dose of competition. I work a corporate job, have a family and love to compete in adult rec league hockey. This blog keeps me honest as I strive to be healthy.