Hello and happy belated New Year! This month has been absolutely crazy. As soon as the holidays were over, I headed back to school for sorority recruitment. I’m so excited that we’ve welcomed our new babies to our chapter, but recruitment is loooooong. Between that and starting a new quarter of school, I’ve definitely felt overwhelmed and less than motivated.
I was really worried that, with how busy I am, I wouldn’t have any time to keep up with my resolutions. I made a few for 2017: eat healthier, sleep better, exercise more. Those are by no means extremely time-consuming resolutions. But I’ve found that when I’ve made similar resolutions in the past, I don’t stick to them. I’m a busy college student who’s involved in extracurriculars and works a part-time job. I’d rather spend my downtime watching Netflix or hanging out with my friends than heading to the gym. And while healthy meals are great, I’m either stuck relying on the food provided in my meal plan or ordering in. But this year, I finally found the best way to motivate myself.
I’ve always known how to eat right and take care of my body. But a lot of the time, I found that I just wasn’t committed to it. I could tell myself that I was going to go to the gym, but when I had classes and work during the day and commitments at night, going in the morning was my only option. And I found I would much rather stay in bed than push myself to go workout at 7am. So this year, I changed my approach. As much as I would like to think that I can stay motivated all by myself, I find myself much more willing to stick to my goals when I tell my friends or family about them.
I’ll admit that I’m a people pleaser; I love making other people happy. So when I tell my friend or my mom that I’m going to go to the gym or have a healthy meal, I feel like I’m letting them down if I don’t do just that. Now, I know that I wouldn’t actually be letting anyone down but myself if I didn’t go to the gym or skip the pizza. But by sharing with someone else, I have more of a reason to actually go. And then, when I do make it to the gym, I find that I really like it!
Here’s the other plus side of telling my friends I’m going to the gym: a lot of times, they’ll come with me! What they say about having a workout buddy is true. It’s so much more fun to take a spin class when you have a friend or two cheering you on.
How do you stick to your goals? I hope everyone is having a happy January!