Poor February. If we took a poll of favorite months, I bet it would be at the bottom. It’s cold, dreary, and makes us want to hibernate until Spring arrives. I wonder if our New Year’s Resolutions would have a higher success rate if February didn’t come right after January? February separates the Resolution heroes from the wimps.
If you’re reading this article (which, clearly, you are), consider it your sign that you should push through the February blahs and stick with that resolution you were so excited about just a few weeks ago. Warm, inspiring months are right around the corner. You can do this! Here are five things you can start today to be a Resolution Hero:
BURDEN YOUR FRIENDS
Just kidding! You’re not a burden, your friends love you, and you need a landing spot for your daily accomplishments. That landing
spot is your buddy’s phone when you send your text each day to report that you stuck with your resolution. But, hey, maybe they’ll
be so inspired by your barrage of riveting photos of you NOT drinking a soda at lunch or your sweaty hair stuck to your face that
they’ll want to join you!
GO TO SLEEP!
Put the phone down. Come on… is that video of a dog eating a banana REALLY worth missing your workout tomorrow morning or
not having the energy to forego that 4:00 p.m. sugar pick-me-up? So go to sleep and watch dogs eating bananas in your dreams
instead. But don’t sabotage your goals for it. Bed by 10:00 p.m. At the latest. I mean it.
MAKE A STATEMENT.
Why are you doing this thing? It must mean something if you want to make it through February as a Resolution Hero. Write a statement about WHY you care about making this fabulous change. If you can’t find your why, make a list of your bragging rights when you achieve resolution greatness (even if you just brag to yourself, about yourself, which is totally legit)! Keep it by your bedside table and make it the first thing you read before starting your day and the last thing you read before going to bed (by 10 p.m.).
KEEP A JOURNAL.
A food journal (not a “dear diary” journal… not that those aren’t great, too) is a diet SUPER TOOL. When a client tells me they want
to eat better, I immediately tell them to start a food journal (usually followed by them giving me sad Bambi eyes… which I never
fall for). They return for our session the following week, raving about how well it kept them on track. Just write down everything
you eat for the day, nothing fancy—the less fussy, the better.
GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK!
Okay. So, you crash and burn one day. And? Don’t even think about tossing in the towel! Good grief—don’t take yourself so
seriously! Here’s what you do (prepare for your mind to be blown). Get back at it tomorrow morning. Yep! That’s it! Cut the drama.
This resolution journey won’t be perfect, and that’s okay! What it WILL be, is worth it.
By Heather Jordan, M.S., CSCS, CHWC, CECP, Psych-K Facilitator
Heather Jordan is a health and wellness expert with over 25 years of experience helping individuals with their nutrition, exercise, stress management, and overall well-being. She has a B.S. in Exercise Science and an M.S. in Health Science. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Health and Wellness Coach, and Reiki Practitioner. In addition, Heather studies the intertwined connection between the mind and body, and incorporates this knowledge in her work to help identify the root cause of health issues with her clients. Heather’s office is located in 10 Sundara Wellness Center on Peabody Ave. in Central Gardens.