How to Reach Your Goals in 2017…

I love New Year’s day.  There is something powerful about looking back at what you’ve accomplished, taking note of what you wanted to attain but didn’t, and looking ahead with renewed vigor as you formulate new goals and continue to tackle old ones.

I understand there are mixed feeling about New Year’s resolutions.  I personally believe goal setting is an important part of self-improvement, so New Year’s resolutions get my vote.  But many people believe that resolutions are just a way to set themselves up for failure.

Perhaps they are right.  The University of Scranton performed research just a few weeks ago regarding resolutions, and here are some interesting statistics:

~45% of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions, but only 8% are successful in achieving them

~24% of Americans always fail on their resolution each year

~75% of Americans maintained their resolutions through the first week, but this dropped down to 46% at the 6-month mark

~The number one resolution for 2015 was losing weight, while staying fit and healthy was number 5

How to Make Your Resolutions a Success

As a fitness instructor, I’ve seen many people start the New Year with an extra dose of “gung-ho,” only to peter out by the end of January.  The ones that stick it out usually either have a friend that holds them accountable, or they form a relationship with me and know I will be looking for them in each class.  Accountability through support systems is a huge key in accomplishing your goals.

Another crucial piece to success is having the right tools to complete the goal.  Sure, you might want to lose 30 pounds over the next year.  But if you don’t have the right tools (knowledge, training, a mentor, etc) to actually make it happen, then it won’t.   We can’t do what we don’t know how to do.  I’m not saying that we can’t learn how to do things through trial and error, but this is often a sure path to discouragement, and ultimately failure.

An Annual Tradition

One thing I do every January is reset my diet by doing a whole-foods detox.  After months of too much candy, cookies, cakes, and pies floating around between Halloween and Christmas, I look forward to giving my body a break from sugar and other non-supportive “foods.”  Whole foods help me function, feel, and look my best.  By using real food (rather than shakes, pills, or juicing), these healthy changes tend to last longer.  I can eat when I’m hungry, and I am not dependent on specialized tactics that, when given up, will bounce me right back to square one.  I choose the most nutrient-dense, non-allergenic foods to nourish my body while giving my digestive system a rest.

Tools for Your Success

I have several great opportunities for you to reach your goals!  Join me in January to reset your health and start making big, lasting changes in 2017!!  First, I am leading a 21-day detox which includes a manual, recipes, meal plans, and a Facebook support group to make your journey successful.  You can learn more about this program and sign up HERE.  (If you’ve participated in this program in the past and would like me to add you to the January 2017 Facebook support group, please let me know.)

I am also leading an in-person Bible study using Rick Warren’s “The Daniel Plan.”  This 8-week program covers not only food, but also fitness, mental health, and the importance of faith in making lasting changes, all while providing a support system through a small group.  Check out this VIDEO for a bit more information, and you can also peruse the Daniel Plan WEBSITE.  I have several books on hand, so if you would like to join in, please send me a message via my CONTACT PAGE and I will add you to the list.  The group will meet on Monday evenings at 6:30 pm at Rapid City Bethel Assembly of God during the months of January and February in 2017.

And Last, but Not Least…

If you are looking for gentle but effective exercise, consider joining my WholyFit class.  WholyFit is an effective way to gain muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility while incorporating scripture.  Class resumes in January on Thursday evenings at 6:30, also at Bethel Assembly in Rapid City.  To learn more about WholyFit, check out this VIDEO in which I demonstrate part of the first routine I will be teaching in the New Year.

I’m looking forward to helping you become stronger and more vibrant in 2017.  Here’s to discovering Your Best YOU!


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