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Wednesday
Dec192012

Are You Ready To Make A C.O.M.M.I.T.M.E.N.T.?

Another year is coming to a close. It’s a great time to reflect on all you’ve accomplished over the past 12 months and to determine what you’d like to accomplish over the next year. Many people approach the start of each New Year with resolutions to make their lives better by improving their health. People will start a new diet or exercise routine only to allow their new-found healthy habits fall by the wayside within mere days or weeks. We’ve all be the victim of resolutions gone astray. Life gets busy once the New Year picks up and you forget to make time for yourself, yet again. Sound familiar?

Would you like 2013 to be different? I know I would!

If you have been to a Life Time location recently you’ve certainly seen signs, flyers, and information about an exciting way to start off 2013: Commitment Day! Life Time is committed to making 2013 your best year yet by helping you start your year off on the right foot with a 5K race and rally on January 1st. I couldn’t think of a better way to set the tone for a year of healthy choices than by making a commitment to health surrounded by several thousand people who are all determined to the very same thing. Commitment Day is a “Revolution in Resolutions,” a start to a full year of events and opportunities for you to grow in your health and fitness. With more than 30 locations around the country, there is likely a Commitment Day celebration in your neck of the woods (www.commitmentday.com).

With all of this talk about committing to things, I find myself wondering how and why people make so many commitments to others, rather than themselves? First, I think we must review the definition of commitment. Commitment is defined as “an agreement or pledge to do something in the future.”1 We often find it easier to complete a task if it is for someone else, rather than for ourselves. I’d like to challenge that status quo. I believe that every commitment you make to yourself will benefit others around you!

Here are some ways to help improve your commitments to yourself and see them through in 2013:

C—Complete each task you begin.

When you embark on a new Healthy Way of Life behavior, give some thought to it’s importance! Can you pledge to seeing your goal through to completion? If your not sure, perhaps you might want to reframe your goal into something you are confident you can achieve. Starting with small steps, you can certainly achieve big success!

O—Opportunities are meant to be seized.

Don’t wait for a special date to get started…begin today! Look for simple ways you can improve your health: walk more, drink more water, find a new group fitness class to try! Looking for new opportunities to be healthy will help you find a new area of passion.

M—Momentum can be your friend.

Sometimes the hardest part of creating a new habit is simply getting the ground under your feet. One simple act can give you the fuel you need to feel confident in your new behaviors. What can you do today to boost your confidence? Find a TEAM class to help get you going! TEAM Weight Loss, Fitness, Ultimate, & Bootcamp will help you discover new things about your body each week to keep you moving in the right direction. Contact your clubs Personal Training desk to learn more about the programs and services that can help you get going.

M—Motivate yourself. Motivate those around you.

There is nothing better than having a bit of positive reinforcement to back your up your progress! Start each day with a motivating quote or a theme for your day. Doing so will set the tone for what you set out to accomplish at work, as well as during your workouts and meals. Need some feedback throughout your day? Try using an app on your phone like the “101 Ways application from Experience Life magazine (available on the App Store) or a device like a Fitbit to track your daily activity and motivate you with encouraging phrases and updates on your daily progress.

I—Improve a little every day.

Little modifications lead to big change. Rather than tackling too much at once, start by taking small tasks and doing them 100% of the time. These small changes will help you see improvements throughout your life and will boost your desire to continue on your Healthy Way of Life path. Work with a Life Time Fitness Professional to create a plan of action to improve your daily health today!

T—Team up for accountability.

Using a team approach is a great plan for success! Try one of the TEAM classes or join the Life Time Weight Management support group at your club. Know that you are not the only person trying to better your life! Don’t go on the journey alone…having someone to reach out to when you need support can be a true difference maker.

M—Mindfully approach your goals.

Start each day by looking at your goals. Post your commitments in your bathroom, on your fridge, in your car, wherever you will see them each and every day. Never lose sight on why you are changing your life. When things get busy or you get distracted, its easy to lose sight of why you made your goals in the first place. Keep them on your mind by seeing them daily.

E— Engage your change.

Use the tools that Life Time has for you to track and monitor your progress. Try using the MyPlan section of your www.mylt.com account. This will allow you to track your daily food intake and activity. You can even find a week’s work of sample meal and snack ideas. Read the Flourish nutrition newsletter each week for new tips and ideas to continue your personal growth.

N—Never expect perfection. Use the 80/20 rule for success!

Asking yourself to be perfect every day is a great way to burn out or set yourself up to fail. It’s perfectly ok to be imperfect! Give yourself a bit of leeway with the 80/20 rule: 80% of the time you are on point, making healthy choices, 20% of the time you get a bit of freedom. Make sure use this rule as a way to keep yourself centered and focused, rather than an excuse to “cheat.” And avoid using exercise as reasoning to eat sweets or desserts. Use physical activity as a way to spur more healthy choices!

T—Teach yourself to enjoy your healthy habits!

Getting fit and healthy should be fun! Look for ways to make it more fun for yourself and your family. Start incorporating family walks or hikes. Make regular trips to the grocery store a family event by planning healthy meals and by looking for new recipes to try together. Find new places to go and new experiences to have that keep you engaged in your new Healthy Way of Life.

Now it’s time to decide what you are Committed to for 2013! Go to www.commitmentday.com to make your commitment and sign up for the Commitment Day race! It’s not about how you choose to start 2013…it’s about how your run your race throughout the year that truly matters.

Written by Julie Brown, RD, MS, Weight Loss Coach, Tempe Life Time

References

1. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commitment 

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