I read a lot of other people’s blogs ~ I learn so much from really smart people who take the time to blog and share their knowledge and expertise. Understandably, the current theme is New Year’s resolutions, as my Tuesday blog post was. Today I want to share a few of the good ones with you ~ while the messages are similar, I took something away from each of these, and I hope you will too. Change is hard, but there are ways to increase your odds of success!
First up is a post from Jen Comas Keck titled “How to Eat an Elephant” (she is way more original than I am, obviously). Over the upcoming months I am going to introduce you to the women of “Girls Gone Strong,” of which Jen is one. This is an incredible group of very inspiring women who are all advocates of women lifting heavy weights (do they look “big and bulky?” ~ by the way, Jen is the one on the far left). If you are on Facebook, you should “like” their page ~ they have a tremendous amount of good stuff ~ much of which I will pass along and share with you in the upcoming months. Anyway, Jen’s message is that to “eat an elephant” you take one bite at a time. Her take on the huge failure rate of people to actually make long-term health/fitness/nutritional changes is that they change too many things at once. She advocates making small changes…with the idea that small changes add up over time and equal big results. She specifically suggests taking stock of different areas of your life that impact your health & fitness goals and begin by figuring out where you are now. Then determine what (small) ways you can make changes that will help you get to your ultimate goal. The more specific you are with your goals, the more successful you will be. As an example, Jen suggests noting how many times a week you eat vegetables. If you’re like most people, it won’t be nearly enough. So if it’s 4 or 5 servings a week, can you increase that to 8-10? Pick small, achievable goals that will slowly inch you towards your ultimate goal. Once you are regularly eating vegetables 8-10 times a week, then increase it again, say to 12-14 servings, and so on. You will have greater success in achieving your goals, and you will feel good about accomplishing these small steps toward a healthier lifestyle. I encourage you to read Jen’s entire blog post ~ it isn’t that long. More reinforcement.
Next up is a post from Mike Boyle. If you have read my site in the past, you know I am a big fan of Mike’s. I have had the opportunity to meet him and learn from him on multiple occasions. He is one of the most well-known (and more importantly, well-respected…let’s not forget that Jillian is “well-known”) strength coaches in the world. I have shared some of his stuff in the past ~ see Wisdom From the Great Mike Boyle and How Many Camps Are Your Kids Going to? Mike’s post is short and sweet…entitled “Make 2012 a Great Year,” Mike’s message is to write your goals down. This is not something I discussed yesterday, but I think Mike is right on. Reading his post this morning made me realize I need to do this. I think about my goals, I set them in my head…but I need to put them on paper. And then I need to establish shorter term goals that will inch me towards my ultimate goal. As Mike says, write them down, share them with friends, family, colleagues. This will make you more accountable. Consider your personal, professional & financial goals. They all count (that doesn’t mean you must have goals in all areas, but remember that not all goals have to revolve around exercising more, eating better and losing weight!).
Next up is my strength coach’s goals for 2012, aptly titled “My Resolutions for 2012. As many of you know, Tony Gentilcore writes all of my strength training programs. I’m a trainer, but just like everyone else, I need someone to push me…trust me, if left to my own devices I would never do the ridiculously hard stuff that Tony makes me do ~ case in point from my current program, glute ham raises, 3 sets of 8, and push ups with a chain, 3 sets of 8 ~ hate them! Tony has told me on numerous occasions that he is a “programming ninja,” (which is why I gave him the little red ninja in the photo with the klean canteen) but he also writes a pretty damn good blog and he is funny as hell. Tony is not only writing down his goals, but is putting them out there in public. Talk about accountability. My favorite goal is #4, “Train my glutes to the point where they have their own area code.”
Last up is a post from Ben Bruno. I haven’t mentioned Ben before, probably because I have only been reading his blog for the last 3 months or so. Ben is young and smart. His blog post, simply titled “Goals” makes the very good point that January 1st isn’t the only time to set goals. Ben says that he sets goals for himself 20-30 times a year…”If something is important to you, why wait?” I like his recommendation to do a “self-inventory” periodically throughout the year. We are all ready to jump on the New Year’s resolution bandwagon, but really, shouldn’t we be setting goals for ourselves throughout the year…shouldn’t we be evaluating our progress, and challenging ourselves over and over again? Something to consider.
And with that note, I will leave you to spend some time thinking about your own goals. Think about them, write them down, break them down into smaller, achievable goals. Good luck!