Why You Are Going To Fail Your New Year’s Resolution
By Erik Strouse
VIDA Fitness Trainer
Hey VIDA members! So here we have it. It’s 2014. According to the Mayan calendar and some fancy computer program called Web Bot, the world was predicted to end this time last year. How about that. We have prevailed another year to continue on with our lives! WOOO!
What we don’t prevail in, however, is that thing called the New Year’s Resolution. This is a hot time of the year for people to set resolutions as a means of motivation to try to reshape their bodies. Ironically enough, the average person fails approximately 6 times before successfully achieving that weight loss goal. Why is that? Why do we fall on our faces 6 times before successfully tackling our goals? It’s called False Hope Syndrome. Yes it’s real…
What happens in false hope syndrome is we set our expectations too high. People try to develop these goals that, unbeknownst to them at the time, are unrealistic for their current knowledge and exercise levels. For example, the average person who works out twice a week, doesn’t really watch their food intake, and wants to drop 20 pounds thinks that they can easily start working out five times a week, completely overhaul their diet, and get eight hours of necessary sleep per night without the true knowledge of proper exercise and nutrition protocol to be successful.
Reality is this person just took on the world. Not only is the overall goal of losing 20 lbs too broad, and what actually should be several tiny goals, but they set themselves up for a lot of trial and error all at once. They will absolutely fail when they see how hard it really is. So what’s my point? My point is, to be successful you need to break down that broad goal into smaller, realistic, obtainable goals. And here’s how:
- Write down several broad “goals” you would like to achieve (ex: lose 5 lbs, eat healthier foods, fit back in to your size 4 pant, etc)
- Pick one of the above that you would really like to concentrate on most. This is your “End in Mind”. Now that you have done so, write down several ways to break this goal down even further.From this list, pick one of these behaviors to actually do.
- Take this selected goal and write down the details on how you will do it including things like time spent doing it, number of days a week, your intensity, things you might have to cut back on or give up (ex: candy bars – hey, sacrifices have to be made here…), etc..
- Now go back and make sure it is all realistic! For example, if your selected goal is trying to go to the gym 5 days a week when at the present moment you go 0 times a week, that is probably UNREALISTIC! One day a week might be more feasible for you and you could work up to 5 times in 5 months by adding one day a week each month. Start SMALL and work to a larger scale, and make sure it fits into your daily activities!
- Think up barriers you will face so you know what to expect. Keep these in mind as you go through your change. Use this knowledge as a means to counter these barriers! Think of ways around them.
- Last, prepare yourself for the upcoming changes. If there are things you need such as workout gear, get them. If you need to write things in a planner, make sure you have a planner!
- Start working toward your goal!
- After a successful behavior change over time, go back to step 2 and pick another one to work on!
This type of planning can absolutely put a damper on someone’s enthusiasm because it’s saying that achieving the ultimate body is super far away. That’s not the case. Take this into consideration before you give up entirely: One of the biggest barriers is a lack of genuine knowledge on how to achieve your fitness and nutrition goals. You are a member at the best health club in DC with professional trainers and fitness experts at your fingertips. Why try to reinvent the wheel when the blueprints are available to you already! VIDA trainers and small group instructors can be your go- to resource to help speed up achieving that new body! No matter what your budget, there is a program for you. Private one-on-one training or small groups such as the Weight Loss Challenge, Metabolic Burn, or Bootcamp classes provide proven methods to achieving a healthier, leaner, and stronger you. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want to go through six more attempts to get the confidence I want. We may not be able to change your body overnight, because again, the point of this post is realistic change, but we will certainly speed that process up. Do you want it sooner or later? Your choice.