Make fitness plans, not resolutions
Forget New Year resolutions. They don’t work. But getting out and moving works wonders
Q Help me, Grit Doctor. It is that time of the year when I am about to make all the same resolutions as last year. Again. Feeling depressed at the thought of it. How can I make myself succeed this time?
PS. I am also a fat bitch.
A First things first: New Year’s resolutions are a total waste of your time. They are not the Grit Doctor’s Way. Resolve instead never to make them again – the prospect of which ought to invigorate you no end.
And no, this does not mean invigorate yourself into cracking open another box of Quality Street and disappearing into the sofa. There is a much more effective way of actually achieving your goals, and it goes like this:
Once you have decided on what your goal is (so let’s call your goal: “Fat Bitch No More”), commit to doing something today towards that end goal, and get it done no matter what.
So, in your case, commit to getting outdoors for 10 minutes and going for a fast walk. And do it now. Commit tomorrow perhaps to eating an apple instead of a mince pie or whatever else it is and stick with it. Get outdoors for 10 minutes and move that ass.
You get my drift: Short, simple, doable activities that take you one small step closer to your goal.
So the standard New Year’s resolution of “get fit” once “grit doctored” becomes “Get outdoors for 10 minutes today and move my fat ass till I’m out of breath.” Job done.
Everyone has 10 minutes to spare, and 10 minutes of activity – actually done – is much easier to nurse into 15 and then 20 minutes, so you will be raring to run your four-mile circuit in no time at all.
For the more motivated newbie (into whose camp Maggie, I am hoping you fall), begin with Step One of the programme in Run, Fat Bitch, Run and build up from there. The key is to identify your achievable starting point today, and nail it.
Give yourself a much better chance of succeeding by having an accountability plan to back up your course of daily action: ie, you decide the length of time you are committing to your walk/run that day, and then voice it to your partner (hubby/wife/
kid/flat mate/mum, whatever) getting them to be your grit doctor.
Make them make sure you do it or there will be consequences (they are really going to enjoy this role, possibly a little too much). Make sure you can role reverse and be their Grit Doctor in holding them to account in achieving their daily goal in any area that they are “resolving” to transform).
I expect January to be brutal on all fronts – work, weather, purse, diary. And so I take it on with the same attitude – a punchy one.