You have set your New Year’s resolution, and yet again, it has fallen by the wayside after a few weeks. I challenge you to pick up that resolution or get a new one and carry it for the month of February. Take a few moments each day to follow the 10 cues listed below. Before you know it, you will be on your way to becoming a determined and disciplined individual with a smile on your face!
Cue #1 – DETERMINATION – It is 6 am and cold and you are tired and do not want to go outside to run. The answer is to get your shoes on, before your brain says “no”, and run outside or go to the gym and get on the treadmill! Don’t think, just get it done.
Cue #2 – ISOLATION – I know everyone says get a buddy to work out with you but what if your buddy is sick and you don’t know what to do! Do it by yourself, for yourself, always! Having a partner is great too; just don’t quit when your buddy goes missing!
Cue #3 – SEXY – Yes, if you have cool gear on people will notice that you are not only strong, but also sexy! Keep spirit in your step, it will show.
Cue #4 – CREATIVE – Don’t just get up and do the same thing everyday. Spend Sunday figuring out some different ways to exercise, recipes to make and have fun doing it!
Cue #5 – IMAGE – Create your new image by seeing yourself as you would like “you” to be and enjoy your new self each week! Take pictures weekly to prove you are following through.
Cue #6 – PERSONAL – Let your “own you” come out and make a statement to the world!
Cue #7 – LAUGHTER – If you don’t laugh at yourself once in a while, you are missing out. Enjoy yourself.
Cue #8 – INSPIRE – Try to inspire one person you know by sticking to your resolution. A new study says you make choices depending on who is around you, so inspiring your friends, will make you better too.
Cue #9 – NUTRITION – Clean it up anyway you can because “you are what you eat”. I am sure you don’t want to be a Pringle’s potato chip stuck in a can.
Cue #10 – EXERCISE – Everyday find a way to move. No excuses, no whining, no later, just move.
You notice the cues spell DISCIPLINE! Print and put them on your wall at work, your frig and in your phone. Feel free to change the rules, but promise me you will keep them up for the next 4 weeks. Who knows, you may keep your resolution this year!
Written by Kathleen Rafaat, Sports Nutrition Counselor 2015