Surprise! Thursday next week is February already. Maybe you were like me six years ago and the years before that. I made new year’s resolution year in and year out but with no hint of actualizing it just two weeks after January.
My top resolutions were losing weight, working out more often, and make better financial decisions. I once enrolled in a gym for a one-year lock in period. The total number of days I went to the gym during that year was roughly 20 times only.
That means I have automatically negated my new year’s resolutions. There are 365 days in a year and working out more often is nowhere near a 5% outcome. It was not a good financial decision because I had to pay every month for the whole year and my attendance is barely a month in total. Lastly, after work-out sessions it gave me an excuse to binge in food because I sweat a lot anyway.
But five years ago, my decision to shed more fats and become healthy was different. I had to change the way I think about how my mindset should be.
Diet versus Choosing healthy
Diet shaming is so prevalent. You get be laughed at or smirked upon. When I tell friends that I was on a diet, I did not usually get the right support. It was not just because of how they perceive dieting but maybe because I told them that I will be doing it a lot of times already. And yet most of the times, I instigated buffet sessions.
One of the problem also is that my head automatically register ‘diet’ as equivalent to hard work. I needed to cut the food that I love. I needed to reduce rice intake. I needed to stay away from chicken joy. Those are a lot of hard work. It does not incentivize my mind that I am doing good for myself.
But when I started thinking that I should be choosing healthy options. Both side of my parents have a history of diabetes. I convinced myself that if I will not choose healthy then I could be part of that family history also.
It was an everyday journey. There were meals that I can choose to eat more vegetables than meat. But until diet was out of my mind, it was not much of a struggle eventually. Plus it is easier to explain to friends why I was doing such.
Exercise versus Running or Walking
Research shows that approximately 60 percent of gym memberships people start in January never get used – they’re started by people with good intentions but who don’t really enjoy making gym visits a part of their life.
Doing exercise and going to the gym is not natural for us. Our mind will think it is hard work. To put exercise as a resolution is so vague and so hard to think about that nothing can be started at all.
I suggest that instead of putting or thinking it as an exercise, you need to be very specific. Instead, put walking or jogging or running.
When you start walking and counting all the steps, you will enjoy it eventually. Try to beat the number of walks you do today and walk more the next day. Then do some jogging and then running eventually.
Scenario: You wake up in an alarm and you see the word EXERCISE in it. Your brain will ask the question – What exercise am I going to do? Before you even get down to your choice you want to sleep already.
It spells a huge difference when you wake up with an alarm and you know exactly what you are supposed to do.
Do Not Procrastinate
Procrastination is the thief of time. –Edward Young
Old habits die hard. It dies hard because you start it easy but over time your mind thinks it is the only way. A delay of something could end up with you not starting anything at all. It starts with putting off a schedule for an hour, then much later, and then you realized you have not done nothing at all.
Resolutions failed me because I refuse to believe that I can start it. The moment I started with doing it, it failed me because I failed to do it consistently. Procrastination wastes a lot of time.
Everytime I feel procrastinating, I trick my mind with the fact that there are only fifty-two (52) weeks in a year. It is easier for mind to count how much I am missing when I put off tasks or schedules to do. It is easy to track as well thinking that I only have four (4) chances to do big decisions in a month.
Begin again. Start doing.
Choosing healthy, walking, jogging or running, and most of the time procrastinating is not easy to do. It takes patience not to see the result in a week or a month’s time. It will be a lot of hard work as well to resist and persevere. But you will surprise yourself one day on how a lot has change not just on your body but on how you enduring your mind is.
I do not have a chiseled-perfect body right now, but to get where I am now is an exciting journey.
Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts. –Psalm 90:12
Fifty-two weeks to start it and consistently do it.
Begin today! Let your 52 weeks in 2018 matter – to you, to others, and to the world!
WRITTEN BY: JUNVER ARCAYNA