I don’t want to alarm you, but the first quarter of 2012 will be over in 6 weeks. The reason I’m talking about this now is that it’s a good time to assess where you’re at with your goals for the year.
By the end of the first quarter, you’ll ideally be at 25% completion of your goal. So if you wanted to lose 100 lbs this year, you’d want to have lost 25 lbs by March 31st. So whatever your goals may have been, you’ve got 6 weeks to get to 25% completion.
If you haven’t progressed as much as you’d like with your goals, there are a few options.
1) Reassess. Were your goals too ambitious? That happens sometimes, and it’s ok. Perhaps you need to modify your goals to make them achievable. Keep them ambitious, but don’t make them unrealistic.
2) Step it up a notch. It’s hard sometimes to get started in January because there are still holiday parties to attend, and holiday baking lurking around. But we’re more than halfway through February so parties and baking should no longer be a problem. Bonus tip: even if you’re not religious, you can use the period of Lent as a motivator to give up some bad habits. Lent is from this Wednesday, February 22nd until Saturday, April 7th. Can you give up some bad nutritional habits for 46 days?
3) Get support. This is the #1 suggestion that I can give you to reach your goals. Wether you get a friend or family member to support you, or you join a support group (a fitness class, a running group, a healthy eating club) or whether you hire someone like me, getting support will keep you accountable, will keep you on track, and will help you when you don’t feel like continuing.
I would like every person who reads this to do two things, if it’s not too much to ask. 1) Assess where you’re at in relation to the goals and resolutions you made for 2012. Post them in the comments below. 2) Let me know in the comments if you’re going to give something up for Lent. No more desserts? No more store-bought coffee? You decide. But say it publicly to keep yourself accountable!