Here we are… 2014. A new year, and a fresh start to being a better you. I see and feel this every year myself and see it in others as they vow to change for the better, get in shape, lose weight, etc, etc, etc. The reason this fails more than it succeeds is because of a few things…. You must make for a strict, disciplined, yet reasonable and realistic program, so that you do not get discouraged and therefore lose the focus on the main goal. Main goal…. Exactly. What exactly is the main goal? Everyone has a plan, a goal, an idea, which is all well and good, but there is one sure fire way to stay consistent…. Change your lifestyle. This could mean a lot of things…. Maybe its to slow down on your drinking, or to stop completely. Maybe it is smoking, both of which are probably the two biggest reasons people are unable to commit to a healthy lifestyle. Maybe it’s your eating habits, or family, or job…. Never able to find the time. If this is something you have experienced, and I know most of you have, then please try and take these steps. First… You must make a conscious commitment to living a ‘Fitness Lifestyle’, no matter how much you know or don’t know about doing so, reach out and ask those in the fitness field, walk, then light jogs on the treadmill, meanwhile, studying how people are training. Second…. Determine what needs to be addressed as a bad habit or a hindrance to your lifestyle change for fitness, and AGREE… That Fitness IS IMPERATIVE. Tell yourself that it is no longer an option, and make your schedule definite. My job for 22 years was climbing utility poles, and having to be at work very early, 6x a week. So, in order for me to get a workout in, I really had to get to the gym before work, when I owed this time of day to no one. Yes it’s tough to have to get out of bed extra early to do this, but if this is the only way to get your workout on, then so be it. This is the most sure-fire way to stay consistent. Third…. Creep into your new lifestyle and pace it out, taking it all in, absorbing this new way, and most important…. ACCEPT IT. Take baby steps, after all what’s the rush, you have the rest of your life. That being said, make certain goals for yourself, and know that there are different levels to reach, and accomplish as you keep improving, and then there is a maintenance program to keep yourself in shape, until you figure out what your next goal or event you would like to train for. I know these steps work from my own experience with people I have trained, other members, and of course with myself. Before I leave you with this philosophy, I want to share my own story a bit. I have battled with alcoholism and depression all my life. I have learned that in order for me to manage a balanced lifestyle of health and fitness along with OCCASIONAL fun, including drinking, there is one thing I must do….. EARN IT. Do not over indulge at any time, and if you happen to do so, don’t punish yourself too much, just get right back on your program, and continue your life for the better. I could talk about this subject forever, but wanted to give you all a simple breakdown of how to achieve your lifestyle changes, for it is the number one thing that inhibits us from improving our lives. Good Luck with your new venture, and ultimately your new life!