Ready, set, go!
It's that's time already, time to walk the walk after months of talking the talk. January means many things to people, but for most people it's time to turn over a new leaf -- to start anew -- or be like the 6 million dollar man "Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world's first bionic man. ~Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster." How can we all be the 6 million dollar man? (who admittedly would be about 1 billion dollars today...yes, 6 million dollar man reference is very old and so am I)
1. Set goals, don't make resolutions. I resolve to train better. Well that sounds great, but what does it mean? A whole lot of nothing. However, if my goal is to eat healthier foods 5 days a week and race a fast Half-Ironman--now that's a goal. When I have concrete goals and not vague resolutions, I can set real tangible steps to achieve my goals.
Better yet, set up goals for the year. This will give you a tangible outline for the whole year, weekly goals and monthly goals, and you make sure to allow yourself to get into peak race condition while allowing time to recover in-between races. To learn more about this type of goal setting you can check out this blog at Mileswithmoms.
2. Pick one thing. Although we're all pretty darn near perfect, remarkably there are probably a good 5, 10, or 20 things we might want to change about ourselves when January comes around. Easy peasy right? Simply set a goal! I just told you that. No so fast speedy. Pick ONE thing to focus on at a time...maybe 2 depending on your situation more than that and you are likely to get overwhelmed and fail at all of your goals. If you want to go to the gym more this year, don't start out saying you will go 5 days a week, start out with 2 days to make it easier to achieve success. Once you experience that success you'll be more likely to achieve further successes. Personally I want to work on my cycling skills, but I'm also building up my run mileage and trying to strength train and eat healthy. Whoa--way way too much. I need to prioritize.
3. Cut yourself some slack. January starts out with pie in the sky ideals about how we 'should' be or how great other people are, but reality is very different. Not everyone is perfect, really, it's true. Not even me. Be easy on yourself. If you have an off day or an off week it's okay. Keep your goal in sight and ignore the negative. Like a good, hard workout makes us stronger, how we recover from set backs makes us stronger too.