Why do New Year’s Resolutions fail? Is it trying to do something at the start of the year that you haven’t been able to accomplish? I like the concept of New Year’s Goals instead. It’s more of a fluid concept that can change and adapt. In making goals, it’s important to take stock of the past year thinking about failures and successes. I’m putting my goals out there for extra accountability and something to refer back to. If you want to do the same, please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
New Year’s Goal Success Story
A few years ago, getting healthier and losing weight was at the top of my New Year’s goals list. With emphasis on health, I decided that getting rid of sugar might be the best way start making a change. After researching “sugar addict,” I realized I might be on to something. The no-sugar path was not easy but it was the beginning of significant change. My energy levels went up and I added walking a few miles a day. Each modification led to the next and within 6 months, I dropped 30 pounds (the right way). It was a evolving goal that altered my life. I’ve been sugar free 2 years now and maintained the weight loss easily. If you are interested in becoming sugar free, read this post.
My 2018 New Year’s Goals for Fitness and Health
- Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day. This is a hard one for me and any advice on how to accomplish it is welcome!
- Become a stronger/faster rower. In 2017, I started rowing in a crew of 8 women and I absolutely love it. To get better, I need to continue to add muscle off the water with weights, increase my endurance by cross training with additional cardio, and work on my flexibility to avoid injury. I’ll keep you posted on the details but I love having a goal to become a better athlete!
- Lower my body fat percentage by increasing muscle mass. As I have gotten older, I know I have lost muscle. From rowing, I have seen a difference in my arms. I know my leg and stomach muscles have gotten stronger too but there is definitely room for me to make some serious progress in 2018.
I’d love to hear your New Year’s goals in the comments. It helps with commitment and makes them more real by putting it out into the world. Happy New Year!!