Like most people, I love the promise a new year brings. 2011 was mostly good, but I won't be dwelling on any of the not-so-good parts or beating myself up for the things I didn't do well, or for any goals I didn't achieve. I've taken whatever lessons there were to be learned from those things, and I'm moving on.
I came across this great quote a few days ago and it's stuck with me:
"If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results"
With that in mind, I have some plans for this year, but rather than setting results-based goals, I'm setting action goals. And I'm going to make sure that I get a head start on the year's big plans by jumping right into things in January.
My number one priority is to improve my fitness and strength, so January's goal is a simple one:
I WILL TRAIN DAILY
Yep, that's it. It's not rocket surgery, but I know that if I follow my training plan and let no excuses get in my way, by the end of the month I will see improvements in fitness and strength. Like most people, I can let a million and one things distract me from what I should be doing - especially while I'm on holidays.
There have been days where I've slept late, spent the morning sitting around in my pjs because I had nowhere to be, and then had my inner sloth pipe up and run off a list of "reasons" why I couldn't train. It's too hot now. I have to do the washing/go to the supermarket/work on my website. The gym's closed. It's too late in the day; if I don't train first up, I can't do it at all.
Oh yeah, I caught that last one yesterday and thought Whoa! Hold up there! Who SAYS I "can't" train at any other time than first thing? When did that become a fact? Of course it's nonsense - I prefer to train at sparrow's fart, and when I'm working, it really is the best opportunity I have. But hello? That is not a truth; it's just a story I've told myself to justify avoiding doing something that I know I should be doing.
So I marched into the bedroom, dragged on my workout clothes, grabbed my gym bag and jumped in the car. It was 10:45am when I arrived at the gym, and guess what? The world didn't end because I did my weights workout almost five hours later than normal. And then? Then I also got on the spin bike at home for a good thirty minutes of aerobic training. In the afternoon. Yes, it was hot, but I dragged the bike over under the air con vent and just did it anyway.
This morning I busted more than one of those excuses. The gym's closed, it's super-hot and I slept till almost 9:00am, but I hammered out a killer spin workout anyway.
I love me some excuse-busting. What's your favourite excuse for avoiding exercise, and how do you beat it? Leave me a comment...