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Resolution Check-in

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Today is January 21st. Three weeks into the new year. They say that it takes three weeks for a new habit to stick. So today’s a good point to to a little self-evaluation: How are things going for you so far this year? Have your New Year’s resolutions stuck? Odds are that by today, if you’re a typical American, your New Year’s resolutions are a distant memory. But I like to think more highly of y’all. After all, you’re not typical Americans. You’re runners, yogis, active people who already defy the odds. Yeah, there are days you’d much rather lay in bed watching tv all day, but you suck it up and get your workouts in and do what you have to do.

But even the most determined and motivated people can hit speed bumps. Life happens, time slips away, and somedays the lazy demon in our minds is just too strong to overpower. But that’s okay. We’re human.

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We’re only three weeks in to the new year. There’s plenty of time to get back on track, re-define, or re-frame your goals for the year. Personally I hate the word “resolution” unless it’s in the context of international diplomacy. Don’t resolve to do something – do it, damnit. Set a goal, give yourself a plan of action. Allow for hiccups and road bumps. No matter what your goal is, you have to be flexible. Those who steadfastly follow “the plan” without allowing for deviation or adaptation will fail more than those who hit bumps in the road.

If you need some motivation, I strongly recommend you checkout SweatPink’s #noexcuses challenge. There are tons of simple ideas for at-home workouts as well as stories of people doing amazing things – people just like you. Yeah, it’s snowy and icy. Yeah, your kid’s sick again. Yeah, it’s crunch time at work. Don’t let those bumps become insurmountable. Don’t ceed the power over your own choices, your own life. This year, nothing’s keeping you from smashing your goals.

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7 thoughts on “Resolution Check-in

  1. I should have read this before I posted today’s blog post! I’m kicking myself for missing my run yesterday (I usually don’t run one or maybe two days a week). It’s terrible how we don’t think of ourselves as humans – only as perfectionists! 🙂

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    • It’s so easy to get caught up in that, especially when we have a training plan to follow or when everything seems to be piling up. I’ve seen so many people try to cram in missed runs and only end up injured instead of stronger… one or two missed runs won’t kill us 🙂

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  2. SO funny I almost wrote a post similar to this topic today, great minds think alike! I’m part of the challenge too, it’s great motivation!

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  3. Great reminders! I have still been doing pretty well with my resolutions but I know as the year goes on its easy to forget about them. I have been using my Believe journal to stay focused on my goals for the year!

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    • It really is! There’s so much hype around them for like 4 days, and then nothing – until the lament of failed resolutions comes back on December 30th. That’s really great you’ve been doing that! It definitely helps to set you up for success.

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