If you’re anything like me, your New Year’s resolutions have been getting a little lax since the beginning of February. My determination to work out has not only been derailed by the flu and lack of motivation, but also by the loss of my One Card. I really need to find that. Or get a new one. Anyway…
Here are my suggestions for combating your laziness, which I will also try to implement. (Do as I say, not as I do, right?)
- Grab a buddy. A friend or significant other will get you to keep your resolution. Whether it’s working out, quitting smoking, or not drinking quite as much, a reliable buddy will help you stay on track. Better yet, BE that buddy for someone else. Whenever I see someone in the gym that’s totally killing it, I want to go pat them on the back and tell them that they’re doing awesome. I don’t, though, because they would think I’m creepy.
2. Keep a journal. Writing your progress down helps you keep yourself accountable. When I keep a workout log, seeing the empty white space motivates me to put down the candy bar and get to the gym (at least when I have my OneCard). Set a goal, and write your progress down daily, weekly, monthly, whatever. However much you can do, do it! They say a good way to diet is keeping a food log, so if that’s your goal, just try it. You have nothing to lose – except weight. (Ha-ha-ha, I know.) If you’re struggling, write that down. It may help release the stress and keep you on track.
3. The end result. Whether what you’re after is a hot bikini bod, a healthier lifestyle, or a bigger paycheck, focusing on what you want gets you through the hard parts and eventually to the end of the tunnel. It may seem like it’s taking forever, but focus on the little milestones that are going to get you to the final result.
Good luck, friends! Don’t give up! And if you see someone in the gym that’s working hard and killing it, congratulate them! If you see someone in the gym that’s working hard and struggling, encourage them.