Happy New Year! I bet you’re ready to get started on that resolution. Great! Here’s something I want you to know: You’re going to fail. Seriously, accept that now. I promise I’m not trying to be a Debbie Downer though – I have a point.
We’re all human (well, I think some spambots read my blog, but most of my readers are human), so we all slip up at times. Americans are especially notorious for making big, bold New Year’s resolutions about health and fitness. We do a great job for the first week or so … then we’re usually right back to our old habits.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t make resolutions, however. What I’m saying is that you need to accept that failure is going to be a part of your journey. You WILL eat something you shouldn’t, you WILL skip a workout and you WILL tell yourself that packing lunch isn’t worth the effort anymore. If you don’t make a single mistake ever again after Jan. 1, then congratulations! You must be one of the robots.
There’s an proverb I love: Fall down seven times, stand up eight. So like I said, you will fail/fall at some point … what matters is that you Get. Back. Up!
I used to tell myself, “Oh, I’ve ruined this week, so I might as well start over next week … or next month.” I would use the excuse time and again. I can’t tell you how many AWESOME Mondays and first days of the month I’ve had. But real change happened when I started to fall down on Wednesday, and I got right back up on Thursday (instead of waiting for Monday to roll around again).
Don’t wait until next week or month – every day is a new beginning. Actually, every hour! If you’ve failed, if you’ve fallen down, accept it and move on. Get up and use your next workout or your next meal as a chance to start fresh. It’s not easy, but when you stop wasting all those “already ruined” days/weeks/months, you see more positive days/weeks/months coming together.
I think I’ve shared this before, but check out my weight chart from Weight Watchers. I started the program THREE times before I finally stuck with it. And in the two years it took me to lose 105 pounds, I had to mentally restart a million times over.
That line is jagged because I’m not perfect - my weight went up a lot, but it went down a lot more. Just this week, I had to reset my routine after falling down the holiday black hole. Of course that was my plan, but I still had to pull myself back up – I didn’t want to stay down for long.