Since my boys have been home for the Holidays, I find myself keeping their hours: late to bed and late to wake up. So when I found myself wide awake at 7:30 a.m. on a recent cold and cloudy Saturday morning, I almost didn’t know what to do. I’ve been trying to find my new routine since becoming an “empty nester.” (I really didn’t have a routine before, so I might be fighting an uphill battle…)
My ideal would be to get up, exercise, shower and start my day. I actually love to exercise, but something about a warm bed on a dreary Saturday is so much more appealing. So I laid there. And listened to the voice in my head yelling “GET UP!” As it got louder, staying in bed was less pleasurable. I got up.
But by the time I did, my window for exercising had shrunk – I had an appointment to keep. I no longer had the hour I preferred; I had half that. Remembering my philosophy that A Good Plan is one you can do, I exercised for thirty minutes. Would sixty have been better? Yes, but I no longer had sixty minutes. I only had thirty. Thirty was what I could do. Thirty was perfect.
I allowed it to be perfect. As you embark on keeping your New Year’s Resolution – and perhaps even making it a habit so it becomes part of your normal routine – allow your progress to be perfect.
The number one resolution last year was to lose weight – and this follows $64 billion being spent on weight loss the year before! Almost 75% of those who make resolutions last through the first week. By six months, 46% are still going. Only 8% end up succeeding.
Be a success story! Give yourself permission to take baby steps by adding a little more (or less) each day. More exercise. More water. More vegetables and fruits. Less sugar. Less television. What more or less amounts to is a totally personal measurement. Better than following the guidelines of some plan that makes unrealistic promises, just look at what you’re already doing and adjust accordingly. This plan is a great place to start. He covers all the bases and gives you a foundation from which you can make it your own.
In order to adjust, you need to know what you’re really eating – and how much you’re exercising. Free apps like My Fitness Pal and Lose It! can help you keep track to enable you to make those necessary adjustments. If it’s too hard for you to do it on your own, enlist a friend or pay a coach to keep you accountable. Pat yourself on the back for making healthy choices and when you slip, remind yourself you want to do better (instead of saying you already blew it for the day so might as well eat the rest of the cheesecake!)
To me, A Good Plan is a real life plan. One you can do. And some times, more is good enough and good enough is perfect!
Please share your favorite app for exercising, weight loss or keeping your life organized!