Are Resolutions Worth It/I’m back(ish)

If you’re a usual reader you know I’ve been MIA from this space for awhile. And for a few reasons – 1) Pat and I got married at the end of 2017 (NYE) – so a lot of planning was going into that, plus the holidays

2) The beginning of 2018 for me, personally has been a bit of a f*ckshow. 3) Honestly, I go through phases with blogging when sometimes it’s just not that fun – the same with running – and it just so happens that at the end of 2017 blogging and running were just becoming something that I did, versus something I enjoyed.

So. I took a break, from both, and now a few months have passed, and I am really ready to be back for both.

Running for me has picked back up in February, and even though I haven’t been posting, blogging over the past month has picked back up too.

And now that it’s February, I want to kind of check in how those Resolutions are working out, and see if it is maybe time to re-tool them, check in on them, and potentially adjust expectations, etc.

First of all, I guess a natural first question here is, do resolutions work?

Many dietitians, in fact many people in general are against resolutions – the argument being – don’t use the first of the year as a one and done time to change that.

But what about the people who really take the first of the year as a way to light a fire under their own asses to make change, make it last, and achieve the things they want?

I see both sides here – but I think I am 60% in the camp of: You don’t need Jan 1 to make change.

I fully acknowledge that change is hard, (in fact I really dislike change).  That being said when you’re making change – use the ‘SMART’ method for goal setting

S-Specific

M-Measurable

A-Achievable

R-Result Focused

T-Time Oriented

An example: By December of 2018, I want to lose 50 lbs, that is an average of 1 lb per week, which will be measured on every/every other Monday.  I will do this by: exercising for 150 minutes per week, and consuming half my amount of usual pop.  I will also consume my daily recommendations of fruits and vegetables each day by preparing my meals and snacks ahead of time.

I will journal each Monday about successes and struggles I had the previous week.

Another:

By October 2018, I want to be ready to run the Detroit Marathon, I have never ran before, so I am going to start with a couch to 5k program, upon completion of that I will move up to 10k, half, etc distances.  I will run with a group 1-3x per week, and follow my training schedule.  Each Sunday I will look at my upcoming week, and running schedule so that I can be prepared for times I may need to go to the gym, and/or adjust my running plans to a different day.

I think there should be two R’s in the ‘SMART’ framework – the second R standing for reflection.  I think this is an important step, in understanding how you tick, and how you’re responding to your plan in terms of making changes.

I have learned over the years, that I respond to:

  • Planning ahead – for instance I hate meal prepping but, the weeks I do it, I save more money, and I eat out less.
  • Early morning workouts, that wake me up, and that involve accountability/class setting.
    • I am the person that will meet you at 6am to run, to go to a 5:30 work out class because she said she would.  What I won’t do is roll out of bed that early to run alone on the treadmill.
  • Financial commitments,  if I register for a race, I will show up to that race fit enough to race it, same thing for workout classes.

These are things that PERSONALLY help me, because if I pay for something I find that on days when I’m not wanting to go run, I will. Also if I rsvp to a run, or sign up for a class, I will be there, because internally I think “well I said I’d be there, and if I don’t go I am not doing something I said I would”.

SO. It’s February, how are those Jan 1 resolutions going? Is it time to re-adjust? Are things going well? I think goals are also fluid, meaning it is ok to adjust, ultimately strive to continue to improve, and work on things. Ultimately what I hate to see is when people get frustrated and just give up.

For instance – it has legitimately taken me YEARS to get to the point I am with meal prepping, and running, and also eating the way that I currently do (stay tuned for a separate post) on this.

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