I’ve been putting this off for a while, but it’s time to face the truth. I didn’t finish my last 12 week fitness challenge. I could write a long list of excuses as to why I didn’t finish, but the bottom line is it didn’t happen.

Now that I’ve let 2+ months go by I’m finally ready to get back on the horse, and stop beating myself up. This time around I am going to make a few tweaks from my previous lessons learned:

Drop the All or Nothing Attitude

I’m not sure about anyone else, but when I take something on I go 110% from the start. The problem is that over time there will be setbacks and it’s impossible to go 110% forever. Can’t make it to the gym? Go for a walk or do some push-ups. The point is not to give up and accept there will be peaks and valleys. I’m no professional athlete so why do I hold myself to those types of standards? When we do that we set ourselves up for dissapoinent, a sure fire path to quitting.

Keep it Simple

No fancy workouts, or crazy unsustainable meal plans. I have 3 kids, sometimes we will eat white pasta- it’s just life. The important thing is to be more conscious and try to make smarter decisions. The important thing is that I will take the lessons learned from my past attempt and I will no longer beat myself up if I’m not perfect.

Get Social

In my 20’s I was in great shape. Sure it’s easier when you’re younger, but I don’t think age is the main reason. When I was young I had work out partners and friends who also worked out. It’s a heck of a lot easier when you have someone else to help keep you on track. This time around I will try to incorporate more workouts with my wife. I’m also going to try out some social fitness apps like Fitbit. I think a little fun competition might be an added motivator.

There's no place I'de rather be this Canada Day holiday then hanging by the 'pool' with the kids.

There’s no place I’de rather be this Canada Day holiday then hanging by the ‘pool’ with the kids.

So there you have it, my plan to start. Since it’s the Canada Day weekend I’ll let myself slack by the pool, but it’s game on come Wednesday!