Sarah Coleman: New Year’s resolutions…modified
Steamboat Springs — “Modifying doesn’t make it easier, modifying makes you better.”
Read more. Work less. Spend more time with my family. Adopt a pet. Pay off my debt. Travel. Learn a new language. Go back to school. Laugh more. Get off the couch.
It’s here! 2015! How do you even say that number?
Is it 20-15 or 2,000 and 15? Whatever you say, however you say it, there is no denying that it’s here. Which means it’s time to reflect on the year behind us and glance forward to a few things you would like to do better or different, new or for the first time.
Whether you want to bench press your body weight, do a muscle-up or run your first marathon, learn to cook a new dish, eat more veggies or lose that last 20 pounds, it is best accomplished by writing each resolution down and looking at them on a regular basis.
Since we all know that you probably won’t do that, here is a starter list of doable resolutions that deal with health and fitness (since that seems to both be my area of expertise and where most people want to see changes). I suggest you then take your normal resolutions and modify them to a reasonable level.
Most people vow each and every year to do the same things yet never quite make it all the way. Instead of doing the same thing this year, write down the changes you would like to see. Modify them to be reasonable, and well… just do it!
- Drink less when drinking. Since we all know that a little wine is good for you, instead of choosing to quit drinking all together, cut back and limit your actual glasses per week.
- A pound a week is all you need. And I am not talking about butter. Small weight loss goals are easy to manage and healthier overall.
- Spend more time at the gym. Actually, spend less time at the gym and become more productive. For example, try CrossFit where a 15-minute “Fran” workout can kick your ass.
- Say goodbye Double Carmel Macchiato goodbye. Come on, this one is a no-brainer. This goes for the brownie sundaes and super-sized meals too. Cut them out completely and supplement your sugar cravings with a small candy bar, avocado or Tic-Tac. I like the pink ones.
- Try something new. Really, try something new and drag a friend along. Too nervous for a half marathon? Grab three friends, do it together and slam a beer pre-race for nerves and carbs.
And, for my own personal resolution, I will take that skate ski lesson and spend less time in the gym (which, in my case, also means work). Hooray for 2015!
May I also recommend a personal trainer or life coach to see any real difference since most of us will lose the list or the gumption to actually do anything. However, I do believe in YOU.
Good luck and Happy New Year!
Sarah Coleman brings years of personal health and fitness knowledge to the table. Currently training, coaching and managing at Steamboat CrossFit in beautiful Steamboat Springs, she provides flawless technique and a positive attitude. Taking fitness to new levels, she uses the outdoor environment, your living room or work space, as well as the gym to influence and push her clientele. Funky knee socks and outrageous colors make Sarah unique, which transfers into her training and brings a smile to everyone’s face.
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