I had to smile today. And yesterday. In fact, every day. In truth I am a bit of a giggler – but today at work was a little challenging and I could have done with padded, sound-proofed room in which to bash my fists on the wall and have a good scream. But just the action of telling someone else that’s what I needed was enough to make us both laugh and release the tension. Well, it’s that time of year. Financial Year Start. Time of new projects and resolutions. Well, I’m not making any resolutions as that’s a recipe for disaster for me. I’ll make some habit changes though.
Well-known diet/fitness advice often says that one of the keys to successful diets/fitness plans is to find a buddy so you can help each other with your new habits. Well, dear readers, I’ve decided that YOU are my fitness buddies! I’m going to check in with you from time, to see how you are doing, say how I am doing and also pass on any of your advice.
First off, this is from my old Schoolmate, Graham – who says “I will give you three tips, Andrea.
1. That first time is the most important. The first swim, run, trip to gym. No matter how long the journey you have to take the first step.
2. The only target you should set yourself is to do a bit better… each time. But ignore the first 2 or 3 attempts – initial enthusiasm is the main killer of all keep fit attempts.
3. Most important. A missed swim, run whatever is not a failure. Nor is 2 missed swims. A failure is no more swims. Have a timetable. I go Wednesday and Friday before work. It changes all the time depending on circumstances”
Thanks, Graham for your sound advice. I suppose I had better add those swims to my calendar!
That is all for today, but if you have any tips to share, please do add a comment here on the blog.
Definitely true about habits taking a while to develop, 3 weeks is what you hear, but sometimes I find they take considerably more! The key is most definitely to at least start and then be inspired by the good feelings this generates, to continue. And yes definitely not to beat yourself up if you don’t achieve as much as you had hoped, at least you tried and got somewhere, rather than no effort, no success!
Good luck to everyone with their new year resolutions – long may they last… not just a few days! 🙂
Thanks, Claire! I agree that even a little success is definitely some success!
That is great advice, thanks for sharing it. It’s so nice to hear that I am not alone in struggling with turning exercise into a habit.
Internet fitness buddies are great, I agree!
Thanks, Eliza, for your comment. It helps to know we’re not alone!! 🙂