Hi everyone, hope you are all having a lovely week so far! As you might know, I’m back in New York and I must admit, it feels really great to be back. Everything is back to normal and it almost feels like Christmas never happened but that’s ok because 2017 has gotten off to a productive start (mostly due to jet-lag waking me up at 5am every morning, haha!). Kaelin & I are both back in our office this week and I am so excited to get working on the projects we have planned. I know not everyone believes in New Years resolutions (being honest, I don’t either) but one thing I did promise myself this year was to work hard for what I do want to achieve and COMMIT to it – whether it be the gym, work or a new hobby! I’m 110% an all-or-nothing type of person, so when I find myself not fully committing to something, it annoys me. Your dreams won’t work unless you do, so it’s time to get serious.
One of the things I really want to commit to this year is my health & fitness. I actually made a head-start before Christmas (I always think this makes it a little easier to get back into it in January) by signing up to EQUINOX on 74th street. I’ve always been an EQUINOX fan (I’ve been a member at their 61st Street location too) and have genuinely loved my experience there so far. Joining a club is daunting so you really need to love it. More than anything, I love their ethos. The whole idea behind their powerful new campaign is, ‘Commit to Something’ . They say,”You are what you commit to. We know it. Our members know it. You don’t have to explain it. You don’t have to defend it. You just have to live it. Commit to something.” – and I couldn’t agree more. I’ll never forget something one of my football coaches at school used to tell us. He used to say, “You never ever need to be disappointed if you know you gave it your all. If you know you’ve given something every single thing you’ve got, then whatever the outcome, you should be proud. It’s when you don’t go all in, that’s the issue.” I still to this day think it’s a great way to look at any task.
So after being inspired by their new campaign, I got straight back into it on Monday morning by getting up at 6am and going to the club. It sounds like a pretty awful task in -6 degree weather but it really did result in me having such a productive day and I felt great because of it. They say the hardest part is starting but sometimes, the hardest part can actually be committing and making it a solid part of your routine. But when you master it, you’re onto a winner. And this doesn’t just go for fitness, it applies to so many other areas of our lives too. Here are some tips & tricks to finally commit to something…
Ok people, Rome wasn’t built in a day and you need to keep remembering that. If you go into something expecting over-night results, it won’t be long before you’ve fallen off the bandwagon completely. You need to be realistic with your goals and plans. Maybe you’ll start off by exercising 3 times a week, then work up to 4, then 5. Small steps every day is the key to success and will ensure your commitment is consistent. Personally, I’ve set myself a goal of 4 club check-ins per week. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a class or 30 mins on the treadmill, once I get myself to Equinox 4 times every week, I’ll have met my target.
2. LOOK TO THE FUTURE
Just like I mentioned above, I don’t want to look back in a few months time and be annoyed at myself for doing a half-ass job at committing to my fitness goals. By the time the Summer rolls around, I want to genuinely be proud of myself for putting in as much effort as I possibly could. Whenever I have a big task or challenge on hand, I always look to the future and imagine my feeling of happiness to have I started when I did.
3. PREPARE FOR THE BAD DAYS
We all have bad days and we’ll all have days where we’re just not feeling it and that’s more than OK. It happens. But you have to get yourself in the right mindset to be able to bounce right back when this does happen. You can’t let one bad day turn into one bad month. You have to get up the following day and move on from it. This is a key component of successfully committing to something.
4. GET ORGANISED
To be honest, in my mind, being organized is one of the number 1 keys to success. When you’re organised and ready for something, there’s a much bigger chance you’re going to achieve it. If it means getting to bed an hour earlier, picking out your gym gear the night before or planning your workout schedule a week in advance, small steps like this can make a huge difference to your final goal.
I really hope this has helped you or maybe even inspired you to finally make a start on something. Be sure to follow along on Instagram (@retroflame) and Snapchat (@retroflame1) to see how my fitness journey continues and let me know if there are any other specific fitness posts you’d like to see. I’ll be more than happy to share!
Have a great Wednesday!