What to do when the novelty of your New Year resolutions wears off.
As we head into February and the novelty of salad lunches and early morning workouts starts to fade, it may be worth re-evaluating the goals you set on January 1.
If weight loss was one of those, consider a reality check. My guess is you only set one weight goal – the dream weight you long to be.
That’s totally understandable when you consider the circumstances in which it was set – guilt and enthusiasm after a heavy New Year’s Eve.
I suspect you really did believe you’d be able to climb kale and CrossFit mountains, day in, day out.
But just because the reality of how to achieve said goal is a bit harsh, it doesn’t mean you should throw the sweaty towel in and stick Deliverance back on speed dial.
Instead, reduce the goal. Unless you started at a realistic place, work towards your chosen weight in bite-size chunks.
Decide what you’re prepared to do on a weekly basis or daily from what you’ve learned over the last four weeks of trying and go from there.
Moving on from the aesthetic, why not look at other less thankless goals?
If busting a gut in the gym has only left you with a slightly smaller mince pie tum rather than an Instagram-worthy six-pack, find other ways to gauge your progress.
Set yourself a goal to cook from scratch four times a week, pledge to log food for 60 consecutive days, aim to perform five un-assisted pull-ups by the end of Feb, or sign up for a rock climbing class.
The sense of achievement you’ll feel at completing a small set of varied, measurable tasks will be huge and should see you snowball into bigger achievements.
If your goal was health related and you were one of the many who enthusiastically signed up to Dry January only to find yourself falling off the wagon a week in, cut yourself some slack.
While it feels great to be part of that smug, bright-eyed, soda-and-lime-swilling club initially, the novelty can wear off.
Besides, healthy habits are those that you can maintain in the long term.
With the average wine drinker consuming around 2,000 alcohol calories a month, Dry January is the least of your worries.
What you need to focus on is how to squeeze in the additional four workouts a month required to burn off your alcohol calories alone for the remaining eleven months.
You could of course cut down, commit to four-five alcohol-free days a week and stick to Government recommendations.
Sensible and a bit worthy, yes, but way kinder to your liver and ultimately your waistline.
Our fitness guru – Isle of Dogs resident Laura – is a leading personal trainer and offers personal training sessions and classes in and around Canary Wharf via her website .
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