A FitPerez reader didn't end up staying on top of their New Year's resolution to lose weight. This Perezcious reader needs new motivation and asked Dr. J for advice, writing:
My New Year's resolution was to get in shape and drop a few pounds. I totally didn't stick with it and am trying to find some new motivation. I want to get back on track but feel like I don't have a plan. What will help me achieve my goals?
We spend so much time focusing on our waistline, we truly forget to see the bigger picture: Crossing the Finish Line! We can all get derailed and distracted from our ultimate desires, big and small, so don't be too hard on yourself. The important thing is that you are aware that you are off course and you want to get back on it. I suggest that instead of spending your time and energy trying to fix things, ditch your old plan and try adjusting your focus to a new plan.
Matrix-up your mind and instead of rehashing all the things that didn't go as planned, take a new view and plug in the phrase, "There's Nothing for Me to Fix…Just for Me to Focus!" For example, instead of saying "I want to lose a few pounds," create event driven goals that last longer than an episode of your favorite tv show. Participate in a event that will uplift you, and in the process you'll make your goal about something more than just losing the flab! There are so many charities sponsoring walks, runs, biking events, triathlons, the list goes on!
Find a cause that inspires you and take on the challenge! Take a stab at recruiting some of your friends to join you, too. A group effort makes it more difficult to sneak out of your commitment or goal. It's much easier to make excuses to yourself than to tell your Team that you're quitting. Accountability creates Achievability. Now you're focusing on getting across the finish line with your Team and all the hard work you put in to get there will also whittle your waist in the process. It's a win-win. So, Please for Now, throw away your scale until you get the right goal and the right group, because after you find those two things, you won't need a scale to measure your success!
If you've got a question about how to handle something bothering you in life, shoot us an email or ask the doctor himself @AskDocJ on Twitter!