A Dream with a Deadline

Finish Line

A goal is a dream with a deadline.

A Dream with a Deadline

Before the ball drops on December 31st, many of us make new years resolutions. We have goals in mind and we can see ourselves accomplishing those goals. The end is in sight before we even begin the journey. However, there is usually one thing missing. A definite deadline. We always say “this year my resolution is to _______”. We are overjoyed, even elated at the fact that we’ve come up with some fantastic goal that will change our lives forever! There is only one problem with our new found journey. “THIS YEAR…” We don’t set a real date for reaching this goal. We keep it open, and vague to give ourselves some wiggle room. Unfortunately, after the zeal of the first week of the new year, that wiggle room becomes dancing room. Soon that room is as big as an olympic swimming pool and we’re floating in the middle of it.

Can you imagine the new-and-improved body of your dreams?

It’s not just one thing to see and declare a resolution. You have to plan it out and make sure you stick to that plan. So if your goal is to have a new and improved body, then choose what you want to improve about it and set a due date. Want to shed 5 pounds? Give yourself a reasonable deadline. 5 pounds in 5 months! I can hear you now. You’re saying that’s too easy. That lets you off the hook, but does it? Most of us have busy lives that have big priorities that has allowed us to push our own health to the bottom of our priorities list. You might start off with “I want to drop 20 pounds in 1 month” but your schedule is telling you you can do maybe 4 pounds in a month. Make sure that the goals you set are reasonable with a reasonable deadline. Aside from knowing your schedule you have to know your body too, because it doesn’t help to set a deadline you know you couldn’t realistically reach. Maybe 5 pounds in 5 months is a little too loose of a deadline but really it comes down to what is best for you.

Now is the time to attach a deadline to that dream so that it becomes reality

Don’t procrastinate on setting your deadline though. Sure your schedule says you can’t hit the gym 3 hours a day every day because of all the things you have to do but at the same time, don’t allow those other activities and priorities belittle your health goals. I know you’re reading this at lunch but make your first deadline for tonight when you get home. Your objective is to think about your body and how it reacts to being active for the first time in however long its been since you were active, think about what you may need to eliminate from your schedule to allow time for a good old fashioned work out, and set a realistic deadline for yourself. If it is to try a new and healthy meal, then plan out what you’ll need and when you can get what you need. If it is even just a 20 minute walk at some point in the day, make the deadline of when you’ll start and when you’ll make it a consistent start.

Good luck fitness friends!

– Jay

Get fit. Make friends. Have FUN!


Own it Monday!

Welcome back to the work week, readers! So many things are universally hated; taxes, in-laws, Justin Bieber, annoying pop stars. For the most part we can change these. Save for your taxes, find common ground with the in-laws, change the music on your mp3 player/radio. One thing we cannot change are Mondays. All week we look forward to Friday, enjoy the weekend and dread the beginning of the work week. While we cannot change what day we head back to the office (for those who have a 9-5, Mon-Fri. schedule) we can change our perspective.

Change your attitude towards Monday. See, you wake up and perhaps your first thought is “ugh, Monday”. Next week, before those words pop in your mind take a moment to recognize a big step you took. You woke up. You have another day to make your own. Its another chance to start over. Whether you failed on a diet, missed a couple workouts, or a few deadlines at work last week, today, right now, you can change the way the rest of this week will go.  If you decide to succeed or fail on Monday, it’s on you! Sure, you’ll run into problems at work, traffic on the road, and a multitude of other issues but how you react to them is up to you. Each problem presented to you an opportunity to grow.

Set goals for today, and for the rest of the week. Do something that will give you that sense of accomplishment for today. Whether it is getting a report done early, or adding extra weights at the gym tonight, set a goal that you can achieve for today. Starting off the week feeling that you’ve gotten something done, and in excellence, will enhance your attitude. Next week, set your own-it-Monday goals over the weekend. This way you’ll set yourself up for success.

Make sure that you add a cushion to your goals; something that will help you achieve success regardless of what happens. Maybe that will be going the extra mile for your employer, assisting a co-worker, or a healthy meal that will satisfy your hunger but not impede whatever fitness goals you’ve created. Throw in a set of squats if you can’t get a full work out in today.

If you feel that the first part of your day didn’t go so well then take this afternoon by the horns! You already know what will happen for the rest of your afternoon. You’re stuck behind a desk, or a counter or somewhere you generally don’t want to be. If this isn’t you then you have no reason to not seize the day!

For you fitness fanatics, what better way to take charge of your day by adding something new to your routine. Something that will make you feel like you’ve conquered the world! Your world! Mainly, your body. How will this help you “own Monday”? By doing something you’ve never tried before and succeeding at it you’ve made Monday a day where you OWNED that new technique, that extra set of bicep curls, you’ve run that extra mile.. something you didn’t do last week.

Do it TODAY! Go home and, in the words of Larry the Cable Guy: