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New Year, New You: How to make your resolutions last

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It’s already January and like many of us, you have probably made some New Year’s resolutions.  Early in the month, we have the best intentions of following through with them; by the end of the month, it’s possible to have lost sight of those goals.  Here are a few ways to help you keep your head in the game.

Focus on today— this is the only day we have the power to change.

Make attainable resolutions— making all-or-nothing resolutions can sometimes lead to let downs and block your motivation.  Help keep yourself motivated by breaking your resolution down into smaller monthly or weekly goals.  At the end of the month, review your progress and set new goals for the upcoming month.  Note that some goals may carry over into the new month.  By tracking your progress you will notice a difference, even if nobody else does.  Giving yourself shorter time-periods to accomplish goals, helps keep you motivated and more likely to achieve them.

Write your goals down— once you write it down, your mind will quit thinking about it and actually start working on it.  Writing it down will make you feel more accountable.  Make sure to view your goals daily.  Remember “where intention goes, energy flows.”  Make it a point to read and re-read your resolutions and consider the different ways you can achieve them.  

Talk About It-– don’t keep your resolutions a secret. Tell friends and family members who will be there to support you and help encourage you when you feel like faltering.  They are there to help you to change yourself for the better.

Reward Yourself— this doesn’t mean that you can eat an entire box of chocolates when you hit your goal weight.  Instead, celebrate your success by treating yourself to something you enjoy that isn’t food related.  If you have been sticking to your promise to eat better, for example, reward yourself with new fitness clothing or by going to a movie with a friend.

Track Your Progress— keep track of each small success. Short-term goals are easier to keep, and each small accomplishment will help keep you motivated. Instead of focusing on losing 30 pounds, focus on losing the first five. Keep a food journal to help you stay on track, and reward yourself for each five-pounds lost.

Don’t Beat Yourself Up— obsessing over the occasional slip won’t help you achieve your goal. Do the best you can each day, and take one-day-at-a-time.

Stick with It—remember, it takes about 21-days for a new activity to become a habit and six-months for it to become part of your personality. It won’t happen overnight, just stay persistent and be patient.  You will see a difference.  Don’t worry if you run out of steam when it comes to keeping your resolution. Just recommit yourself for 24-hours.  You can do anything for 24-hours. The 24-hour increments will soon build on each other and, before you know it, you will be back on track.  Remember, today is the only day you have the power to change; you can’t change yesterday or tomorrow.

If what you have been doing is not working, it’s time for a change.  Make 2014 the year you become your physical best and start today.  The 2014 schedule is already posted and annual memberships are available!  Imagine what a year of boot camp can do for your body.  Taking a step can be hard when you don’t have a plan, but Argyle Adventure Boot Camp has it all covered for you.  Our comprehensive fitness program includes a nutrition seminar, before and after fitness assessments, fun and challenging workouts, daily supportive e-mails, food-log feedback and more.

Get ready to sweat in the New Year!  Take advantage of our JANUARY SPECIAL – Grab your “BESTIE” whether it is your sister, friend, mom, co-worker, daughter or neighbor and bring them for FREE throughout the month of January.  Register today and set yourself up for success in the New Year.   Camp is ongoing, so no need to wait for a new camp to start.  Join today – start tomorrow.

For those that live or work in the Las Colinas area – I am proud to introduce my friend and colleague Sonia Maxfield, CPT and owner of www.LasColinasAdventureBootCamp.com.  Sonia recently moved to Las Colinas from Salt Lake City, UT – I want to invite those in the Irving area to come out and meet Sonia for a body transforming workout.  Come see what is possible when you have the supervision and accountability of professional and enthusiastic coaches.”  Sonia is ready to help start your year off with a bang!  For more information and New Year “Buy 1 Bring a Friend Special” contact Sonia at (801) 556-1879

Ready to take the step that changes everything?

Norma Zitterkopf is a Certified Personal Trainer, Wellness Coach and owner of Argyle Adventure Boot Camp. For more information visit www.ArgyleBootCamp.com. Call (214) 729-0001.

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