I didn’t want to get out of bed this morning. I was not feeling that 430 am wake up alarm! My first thought was “not already!” There just did not seem to be enough down time this weekend. Too many activities, hours in the car and late nights, I was not feeling as rested heading into a Monday morning as I prefer. And to top if off, the team I wanted to win the Super Bowl lost (this is an American football tradition for those not familiar). To say the least I was less than excited to the day.
But I got up anyway! See I committed to making my health a priority this year. I decided to be active Every Single Day. Not when it was convenient. Not only when I want to or feel like it. I made a deliberate commitment to myself. So even on mornings I do not want to workout. Or the mornings I do not want to get out of bed. I do not always want to read or journal. BUT, I always feel better once I follow through on that commitment. I always feel accomplished when I see those minutes rack up on my Fit Bit. Or when I see the string of entries without any missed days.
Commitment is tough at times. It requires sacrifice often. Today it was a struggle to not just be lazy and fall back to sleep on the sofa. And once I completed that workout and the rest of my morning rituals, the better I felt about facing the day. I had more energy. I was in a more positive frame of mind.
What commitments have you made to yourself this year? How are you working on them after the first month of the new year? Did you set a resolution without a plan for follow through? I think many of us know that if we “fail to plan our plans will fail“~Churchill quote.
Because this commitment to my health is my number one priority this year; I made a plan to execute. Here is what I do daily:
- Get up between 430-500 am. This took some gradual adjustment. I was already getting up consistently at 5, so each work day in January I moved the alarm back by 5-10 minutes. Now waking up at 430 is not that challenging. But I do head to sleep between 9-10 pm. Sleep is vital to health and knowing your optimum amount of rest needed will help you if waking up early is a goal.
- Be active every day. I started the first week with a set amount of squats each day for a week. Then I added in walking a specific amount of steps. Then push-ups. Now at 6 weeks into the new year, I am up to about 20-25 minutes each day, lots of weight training activities and 8-10K steps per day. This was a change from setting a weight loss goal, this was about being intentional with activity every day.
- Read and journal every day. I have done both of these for the past couple of years. Reading has always been something I love so this is pretty easy of a commitment. Writing everyday is a bit tougher to follow through on. But I want to see the progress. I want to see the string of dates without a break. So after my daily workout, I read and write.
- I write my goals (5 of them) everyday. The main one I am focusing on, I write multiple times a day. I am thinking about that one thing all day, everyday. I am jotting down what I want to do each week to work toward that goal.
Keeping our commitments to ourselves seems really easy to give up on. Making changes is tough! For some reason, it seems easier to keep when we make a commitment to someone else. But you are just as important! In fact if you don’t make yourself a priority you do not have as much to give to anyone else.
So this month, renew (or keep going) your focus to keeping those promises you make to yourself. Make a plan. Write it down. And mark it off when you complete those tasks. You are not alone! Keep going. Even on those Monday mornings when you want to sleep in, just keep at it!