Friday, December 27, 2013

Time to re-assess your goals

I hope you are enjoying the holidays wherever you may be.  This year my wife and I decided to stay home and keep things simple and celebrate with friends.  Instead of the chaos of flying or the congested traffic on the freeways we chose to stay within 4 miles of our house.

We attended a friends party on the 20th, hosted a cocktail party at our house on the 21st, then attended another friends' house for a Christmas Eve party on the 24th.  And all of this was within 4 miles of our home.

So, this time of year can certainly derail one's goal of losing weight or staying on track for a specific sport.  As you can tell by my example above, there are many parties this time of year, and not the one's where vegetables and water are served; although those are usually there but seldom eaten.  Don't get the wrong idea, sure I enjoyed the parties I attended and hosted,  but they didn't sabotage my training.  I made sure to exercise each morning of the parties, drank plenty of water throughout those days and didn't "overdo it" but still had a good time.  Did you fall victim to overindulging on sweets, or consuming to many alcohol drinks, or skip your workouts?

If you made it though the holiday without skipping a beat  in your workouts, congrats.  However, if you fell victim to the many unhealthy options that were available, ask yourself why you caved.  What was it that said it would be ok to let go and forget about all the healthy choices you've been making the past several months.

There can be many reasons why, and this was and should have been a rhetorical question.  You know the reasons too.  Let me be so kind and list a few...

1.  I'm at someone else's house and have to eat what they serve
2.  There were so many desserts on the table
3.  I didn't have access to a gym
4.  Christmas only happens once a year, so I might as well enjoy it

These are only a few reasons, what are some of your own?  Now I don't want to sound like the Grinch, all I am trying to say in this post is now is the time to re-assess your fitness/performance goals and get back on track.  What's done is done, time to move forward.

With the new year approaching, take this time to ask yourself where you are now and what you want to accomplish.  If you are currently involved in a high school sport, how are you doing and what can you do to improve both physically and mentally?  Don't be satisfied with your current level of fitness/performance, try to get a little better.  Some simple ideas could be getting to practice earlier and practicing your free throws or 3-point shots before the rest of the team shows up.  Or, staying after practice and doing more shuttle-run drills in the gym.

If you want to lose weight, start TODAY.  I know most of us have heard this many times, but if you say you will start on Monday or next week, odds are that will turn in to a couple weeks or potentially not at all.  By starting today you are making the commitment to yourself and will have a much better chance of reaching your goal/s.  Set short and long term goals.  If you want/need to lose lots of weight, don't focus on the end goal, instead think of a 1-month goal, or a 3-month goal.  If you dwell on losing 30 lbs, that can seem overwhelming considering you might only lose 1 lb a week.  But if you focus on only losing 4 lbs the first month and then 6 lbs the second month it will seem much easier and if you succeed you would already be 1/3 closer to your end goal.




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