Don’t waste your time with New Year resolutions

Before

Before!

Did you make any resolutions for 2013?   If so, according to the University of Scranton. Journal of Clinical Psychology statistics you are part of the 45% of the population who usually make resolutions.

The percentage of people who are successful in achieving their resolutions is 8%.  So why do people create resolutions and not follow through or ultimately give up?

There are many reasons people give up and quite frankly the list of excuses could take up a lot of space on my blog, which I really don’t want to do.

The bottom line is that most people don’t set specific goals.

The past few years, I have chosen to write goals rather than have resolutions.  Creating yearly resolutions reminds me of a time in 1999 when I weighed 216 lbs with a 36 inch waist and well on my way to running out of room on my belt.

This was due to drinking lots of beer, eating bags of chips, greasy foods etc…. and parking my big self on the sofa watching football games every Sunday from noon till late evening.  I was quite comfortable with the thought of moving into a size 37.

Then reality hit me with ……the photo that changed my life!  While Tricia and I were in Galveston visiting friends, he took a picture of us that showed my stomach busting out over my pants.

I was mortified by how out of shape I had gotten.  I knew it was time to make a change so I decided to make a goal of working out beginning in 2000 to get in shape.

Losing weight is the number one resolution people make and don’t keep each year and I knew that I did not want to be one of those statistics.

I set a goal of working out three days a week and focused on changing my eating habits and….yes…reduce my beer consumption.  Yikes…and I really liked my beer!

After!

After!

Within a few weeks the weight began to fall off and I began to feel better and see my body transform. The key to my success was setting specific goals and developing an action plan.

Seeing the positive results made me appreciate my body more and motivated me to continue to keep the commitment I had made to myself.

My body really began to transform when I took up cycling with the specific goal of completing the MS 150.  Most importantly, I discovered my passion so that fitness is not a chore but is now what fuels me.

I work on maintaining my weight between 175 -180 for my 6ft frame.  It has not always been easy but I continue to create new fitness goals each year, such as a core exercise regimen 3 times per week, and I keep them.

The key is in setting specific goals that are in line with my passion.

People are shocked when I tell them that I once was overweight.    The question I have for you is…….what will you do to create the life you want?

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