New Year, New Me

By Jonathan Massey – 


We are 3 weeks into the new year, and hopefully by now you have figured out what your New Year’s resolutions are going to be. More importantly, hopefully you’ve been able to maintain the momentum of working towards them. Here are a couple of my New Year’s resolutions:


1. Get into the best shape of my life.


Controlling my weight is something that I have struggled with my entire life. In the last 5 years, my weight has been anywhere from 183 to 220lbs. In the last 6 months, it has been anywhere from 205 to 220lbs. My goal is to finish this year somewhere between 190 to 195lbs and, more importantly, be under 15% body fat. 


What’s the process that it will take for me to accomplish that? First, I need to hit 90% of my nutrition plan each week.  This will be my biggest obstacle to overcome, it’s where I’ve always struggled. Second, I want to average 3.5 workouts per week. I don’t mean just strength workouts either. If I am going to lose the body fat, I need to have some cardio-based workouts thrown in as well. I’ve recently taken up yoga as my cardio workout since I am, simply put, just not a runner. I have tried and failed many times to become one.


2. Become better organized and a better planner


This is an area where I’ve always struggled as well, my mom can attest to that. There was never a need to buy me a planner growing up, it would have been a waste of $10.00. I simply didn’t use them. Did it come back to bite me in the butt? Occasionally yes, but I managed to get by. 


As I move into the next stage of my life (getting married in 16 days), I’ve come to the conclusion that I can no longer just continue to fly by the seat of my pants. It hasn’t worked very well for me during this whole wedding planning process, and I don’t think it’s going to work very well for me as we begin our life together either (i.e., buying a house, having children, etc.).  


What’s the process going to be? First, I am going to take 10 minutes every morning to review my previous day’s to-do list and make a new to-do list for that day. I’ve known for years that when I make to-do lists, my days are far more productive. Second, I am going to spend 20 minutes each Sunday night planning my week out. The past few years, I’ve had goals that I wanted to achieve during our downtime for the year, yet year after year June rolls around and I feel like I get none of it accomplished. If I start to plan the major things I want to get done each week, I know I’ll make the most of my off season. 


Now, why am I telling you? Because I am a firm believer in that you need to tell someone your goals. You need someone to hold you accountable. So by telling you, you can hold me accountable to this. You don’t have to be like me and tell the world, but I would highly recommend that you do tell someone. 


Dream big, work hard, and let’s have a great 2021!


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