The other night, knowing that I wouldn’t be able to make my workout class the following evening, I had the ambitious idea to set my alarm for 4:30 AM to get up and ride my stationary bike for an hour before work. This will be great, I thought. I’ll get my exercise out of the way first thing in the morning and won’t have to worry about it all day! By the time 4:30 rolled around, the only thought I had was to throw my alarm clock across the room. My ambitious idea had two big flaws: 1) I am not a morning person and 2) I find riding a stationary bike boring (no offense to anyone who enjoys this form of exercise. It’s just not for me.)
My idea was flawed because it didn’t fit with my lifestyle, what I enjoy, or who I am. It didn’t go with the flow of my life.
In my last blog I talked about setting SMART goals. Before setting a goal, it’s always a good idea to take time for a little personal reflection. Make sure the goal you are setting is a good fit for who you are and what you like. With a little practice, your goals will feel more like habits and less like one more thing you have to add to your endless to-do list.
Some of us are morning people, others are night owls. Some of us love working out with a group, others prefer a solitary stroll or jog through the neighborhood with only the company of our thoughts. We’re all different and there’s no “one-size-fits-all” approach to weight loss and wellness. We just have to find what works best for us and what fits with the flow of our lives.