It's that magical time of year again where we make promises to ourselves (and to Facebook) that we'll make ourselves better people and perhaps cherish the wonderful lives that we have.
Now let's be honest though, how often do we actually succeed in fulfilling these resolutions? How many of us actually remember last year's resolution at all? I had to look mine up. I do think to a certain extent I was more conscious of my goal to stop saying "I'm tired/stressed/busy" when people asked how I was doing... but honestly, I caught myself saying those phrases enough times to piss myself off.
This year, I've decided to join forces with friends to achieve goals.
As always, us American girls will be aiming to get into better shape this year. But instead of making some arbitrary statement of better health/lost weight for the new year, my friends and I have decided to take action and make a road map for success!
Many 30 Day Challenges are in store.
For the month of January, Meghan and I will be doing 30 days of unlimited hot yoga at Bikram Yoga Herald Square. I enjoy picking up a well priced Living Social deal on exercise classes because it really pushes you mentally to "get your moneys worth" for that time period. I'm aiming for six classes. I usually find that I'm bored of the exercise by month's end so it's perfect timing to exit.
In addition, Kathleen and I will be doing a 30 Day Cardio Challenge. It's just meant to step up our game and supplement our other work outs. So on days where I'm doing yoga or she goes to dodgeball, we get a "pass" from the cardio challenge.
Once February hits, we'll be doing a 30 Day Core Challenge ! If we see results, we may repeat in April just in time for swimsuit season :)
The way to success, so we hope, is that we keep each other accountable in our workouts. We log challenge days on a shared google doc and consistently check in via texts and IMs to ensure that a proper level of guilt is bestowed on the flaker.
And Don't quit if you slip up. We are human though after all. In the past, it's taken us more than 30 days to finish a challenge. In the full heat of my masters program, it actually took me 60 days to finish the Guns, Buns and Abs challenge. I stuck with it though and didn't feel down trodden because I "failed." Each day was still a challenge and in the end I had some results to show for it.
So just remember, making a resolution is just one step to reaching a goal. Now you have to put down in stone HOW you'll get there. and Who's going to keep you accountable?
Have a happy snowy new year everyone!