A New Year’s resolution will routinely begin with such hope and satisfaction; motivation is floundering in the air and inhaling through our lunges.
The 1st conjures up superpowers. It’s like we drink an elixir on the last day of the year, a potion that gives us the strength to want everything that we failed on previously.
And unfortunately for us, fitness tends to be at the top of our lists.
Research suggests that a New Year’s resolution will usually be related to health. As most of us know, fitness tends to never be just one thing.
It is willpower to give up our cravings, time to slot in exercises and lifestyle choices that will rid us of all the gluttony that Christmas orders. We have to wave goodbye to the only good in winter, and prepare ourselves to head back to those jobs that we almost imagined involved watching cheesy movies.
We think January is the ideal period to circulate change, we believe that our minds are hardwired to the schedules of the calendar. Perhaps so, if buying a new diary or spending less on clothes is what you would class as a heeding success.
If you decide to sit and wait – waiting is unproductive. Instantly, you begin a huge goal by being inefficient. Because you might say, there is no point in starting when festivities are underway.
But don’t think that January is clear-sailing. Sure you might be broke and choosing to cook over fine-dining. That won’t stop the urges of Freddo chocolate bars (if you can get past that they use to cost 10p) calling out your name on a lunch break.
Fitness is not meal-prep and exercise counting. Succeeding is down to want; wanting to actually take care of you enough to move past every obstacle. And that includes saying no to family who tell you that you’re thin – skinny shaming and not a plausible excuse to indulge (printing this off for those relatives).
Seriously, all those years that I wished to lose weight or become a workout junkie, was I really after health? Didn’t I hope to measure up more in society? When was it ever about me?
Not that I have rock-solid abs and muscles that command people to ask how I keep in shape, I know full well how far I have come. Never was I ‘naturally’ anything, including confident. No longer wanting to write those disclaimers that let it be known that I don’t think that I am perfect or ideal.
When you want it bad enough, a New Year’s resolution gives structure. It’s not a magical wand or a bunch of woodland animals who scurry on the way to help.
What is important to me is using this analytical period to expand on what I am already creating. I know that putting down “learn piano” or “run outside” is a pointless declarative. If I truly was prepared for these hobbies, I would already be in the midst of them.
I would be putting down “buy new running gear” or “practice a new song to play”. It is the same as my blogging goals. I have them due to blogging. I have photography goals due to taking photos and books plans due to writing.
Fitness has dramatically affected my life; I will always encourage others to make better choices. To realise that people online with your imagination of a fantastic body, are people who have probably been doing it for so long that they don’t know anything else.
Once again, this is equal to admiring a blogger who works with every well-known brand and has heaps of followers.
If you want a physical New Year’s resolution, dig deep and ask yourself whether it’s practical. All those determining quotes and progress images, they are tools in the fight. The real battle is between you being honest.
Constantly I complained about how bony my arms appeared. In comparison to the rest of me, it felt as though I was half hippo – half giraffe. Was I attempting to bulk them up everyday…?
Subconsciously I must not have cared deeply. Judging by how they look now, that could still ring true. If you offered me money however, Arnold Schwarzenegger might compare.
If 2018 is the year that your fitness New Year’s resolution involves hashtags #fitspo, #eatclean or #healthyliving, you find that drive. Once you have ‘want’ on your side, everything else breaks down simpler.
Fitness is not my New Year’s resolution since January is weak. It took major heartbreak, insecurity that made me cry and hearing criticism, to give me just a moment of strength. To go from a girl who starved herself during the day and binged in the evening, to calorie-counting to sheer hunger – searching for distractions and not improving.
I read an Instagram comment that said I should get over the idealisation of January. I ignored then and will now. Have a New Year’s resolution and be fitness inspired; know nevertheless that commitment is more than seasonal.