How many of us actually keep our resolutions? Research shows, only 8% of people follow through on their New Year’s resolutions! The majority often break their resolutions by January 15, says Tony Robbins, life coach to the most powerful and successful people in the world.
When it comes to “New Year, New You” fitness resolutions, I always follow through. When I decide to level-up at the beginning of the year, I not only achieve my fitness goals for the year, I also manage to sustain the changes and make them part of my way of life. At 50, I can rock a bikini perhaps even better than when I was 25! I am free of all kinds of medication and I hardly ever get sick. I am twice as strong and twice as healthy at twice the age! Through the years, I distilled many transformation tools and discovered the best ways to appeal to my mind so that I can create lasting changes in myself. Try the following steps that I go through to successfully coax my psyche into action:
1. Create a compelling vision.
When I set body goals for myself, I create images in my mind that I can emotionally connect with–like a kick-ass dancer or a badass mountaineer. Number goals such as pounds or inches are mere tools that help me achieve a compelling vision of myself–a means to an end, instead of an end in itself. Number goals stay in my head but a vision of my new self–my new identity–is propelled by emotions that permeate my entire being. Numbers do not inspire me to wake up two hours earlier to train or to avoid the sweet-smelling gluten bread down the street, but a vision of myself being as light as a bird and strong as a Cirque du Soleil artist will pull me to attend that dance class or feed my body with only the cleanest of alive foods. “I want to lose 10 lbs.” is nowhere near as powerful as “I am a sexy badass dancer-mountaineer who can wear a showgirl costume and climb Mt. Kilimanjaro at age 50.”
In my latest book, “Sexy at Any Age” I discuss further how I use vanity and other strategies to inspire myself so that I can periodically raise my standards and create lasting changes amidst all the challenges I experience in my life.
2. List down the top three reasons for wanting the transformation.
After 17 years of being a two-pack-a-day smoker, I quit in January 2001 and have never touched a cigarette since. I knew it would be a roller-coaster ride and I prepared myself for it. I asked myself the questions that really mattered:
Why do you really want to achieve this goal?
Why is it so important?
Strong reasons will pull you through the tough times. I made sure that mine were not borne out of fear–for example, I did not include “fear of cancer, disease, or death.” I wanted reasons that matched the new identity–the higher vision I desired for myself. I chose those that excited me so much that I longed to achieve them and I was willing to do anything and everything to achieve my goal. I also made sure that I would be constantly reminded of these reasons, especially when “life happens,” or temptation comes. I printed them in large, bold font and taped them on the walls in areas of my house where I usually smoke. Having and seeing your compelling reasons will help you follow through when the going gets rough.
3. Form rituals to help you achieve your goals.
New goals require new sets of habits and routines. You need specific actions and activities that you will engage in on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Small daily actions over an extended period will help you develop habits that will become “automatic”–a way of life. Break down your goals into bite-sized steps so you don’t get overwhelmed. Many people take so much action early in the race they quickly get tired and demotivated especially when they don’t see results immediately. Seeing no results does not mean you are not making progress. As they say, “slow and steady wins the race.” The journey towards your goal is often a marathon, not a sprint. It’s better to have methodical and progressive actions that will garner momentum, which in time, will turn into long-lasting habits.
So, what will it be for you this 2017? Will you see yourself as a kickass athlete with a certain amount of strength, energy, and muscle tone available to your body on a regular basis? Or will you go on identifying yourself as an overweight, lethargic, and overly-stressed out person without enough energy to last you through the day? Let 2017 be THE year for your best body ever!
Described as the "fairy godmother of flat bellies," if there's anyone who can help you get back into shape, it's this US-trained nutritionist. Our guest editor for January, Nadine Tengco, who still slays in a bikini (check out her Instagram for proof), takes care of heavenly bodies like Anne Curtis, Jessy Mendiola, and Agot Isidro and is the author of Sexy at Any Age.