As you may have heard, last week was the unofficial ditch day. No, “ditch day” here does not mean to run out after first period in high school or calling in sick. Here, ditch day marks the day that most people ditch their New Year’s resolution. Since we have National Squirrel Appreciation day (it’s a real holiday, and it was three days ago), it’s only kind of natural that we have a day marking when most people statistically drop their resolutions like they’re hot. Who knows, maybe next year we will see Ditch Day on the calendar.
We aren’t too big on the whole “resolution” thing anyway, simply because we believe in tangible goals and taking them one day at a time, and solely focusing on that. But, we are about setting goals for today and persevering day-by-day to get to your destination. Seeing as how we are little more than a third of the way through the Garage Barre™ Strong Challenge, and we have other goals that we are reaching for, we thought it was only fitting to provide support in every way possible: including the blog! Keep on keepin’ on, ba[b]es.
Remember your why
Going back to ditch day, but it's hard to imagine that most people wake up that morning and think “I think I’m going to give up on my resolution today.” We are busy people. We get plagued by time and responsibilities, and because of that, those goals start tipping off of the backburner. Recentering yourself on the reason you began your journey--whether it is the Garage Barre™ Strong Challenge or just making it to one more class a week--will keep the fire lit beneath you.
Allow yourself to cheat every now and then
Most articles you will read these days regarding staying on track will mention moderation, especially in fitness and health. Been craving chocolate with sea salt and caramel for five days straight (may or may not be speaking from experience here)? Go ahead and give yourself a little taste, but don’t go too far overboard. Reeling yourself back in after tasting may be a challenge, but depriving yourself completely won’t help either. Our days are numbered, after all, and having mercy on yourself is one of the most important parts of the journey.
Find your accountability system and use it
Have a buddy text you to wake up for the early class--or better yet, bring them! You might be best served by treating yourself to a trip to your favorite store after knocking out your goals for the week. Or maybe you go to your favorite store with your accountability buddy after the early class (if it’s open)? Sounds like max results to us. Okay, but seriously, find what works best for you and don’t be afraid to use it.
Take it one day at a time
Okay, so this is repetitive, but taking it one day at a time is important! Think about it as compartmentalizing. What can you do today to bring yourself one step closer to where you want to be? Maybe it’s carving time out during your nighttime routine to read five minutes of a devotional or your favorite book. Maybe you do sit-ups during a commercial break of your favorite tv program, and then do two tomorrow.
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