Welcome to the New Year

Welcome back to 2018!

It's so nice to be back writing for the CGM blog. Now that Christmas and New Year are quickly becoming a distant memory, the CGM team have settled back into the groove of things again and have just held our first event of the year on the Gold Coast. 2017 was such a huge year for us and we are so excited for what is to come – in particular we are itching to start sharing with you all the incredible success stories that we have had in the last 12 months. Make sure you keep a close eye on our Instagram and Facebook accounts to keep up to date.


Some of our beautiful 2017 National Finalists

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With the new year always seems to come new goals. New year resolutions are a point of great discussion around this time of year. In a way, the new year presents us with the ultimate clean slate from which we can measure our successes, so it makes sense to set ourselves a direction to move forward for the year ahead. To start off this year, I would like to explore this idea of resolutions a little further – what are we all dreaming of? What fuels this motivation? How can we make our resolutions actually become a reality?

The resolutions we set ourselves in the new year are usually big and bold – with a number of us setting our sights on health and fitness related endeavors. A survey in late 2015 (finder.com.au) found that a whopping 54% of the 1059 Australians surveyed had health and fitness goals moving into the new year. Statistics like this mean that the first week of the year is notorious for a rise in gym memberships and detox diets as we all scramble to achieve our #bodygoals. Unfortunately though, the same study found that 64% of us women fail to achieve the goals we set out for ourselves in the new year.

So, where are we going wrong?

Well, I don't personally think that achieving our goals is something that should be limited to only 38% of us. I think that we are just missing some key factors to goal setting somewhere in the romance of the 'new year, new me' phenomenon. We are getting so excited by the idea of our future 'successful self' that we are forgetting to set ourselves up properly. Remember those cringe-worthy goal setting sessions we did in junior school? As we wrote down our goals, we structured them and outlined all of the steps we needed to take to achieve them. As we did this, the goals became more fathomable. As we get older, breaking down our goals is still the first step we need to take when we are moving forward. To help you to do this, I've written down some questions you should ask yourself and answer honestly about your resolutions.

So, firstly, why do you want to achieve your goal?

Although the answer to this question might seem obvious, I want you to challenge yourself to think about it a bit more deeply. Honestly, WHY do you want to achieve your goal? For example, if your goal is body-related – WHY do you want to 'improve' your body? Is it for better health? Is it related to an event that is coming up? Is it, perhaps, because you're a little insecure in your own skin? Whatever the answer is, you need to be able to be honest with yourself and consider whether the goal you have set yourself is really the best way to achieve the underlying motivation behind it. Too often I hear young women tell me that if they were thinner, then they'd be happier when the reality is that they are already of a beautiful and healthy body weight. In situations such as these I can't help but feel that no amount of weight loss will make any difference to their happiness and the real change they need to make is from within their own self identity.
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Secondly, is your goal realistic?

This can be a tough question to answer; however, it is not impossible. For example, If your goal is fitness related, you really have to take into consideration your starting point. If you have never run 100m in your life then it may be a little unrealistic to expect to be running in a marathon in a month. Be realistic with yourself and set yourself goals that you know will challenge you but not kill you!

Thirdly, how are you planning on measuring your success?

The biggest mistake I think we tend to make when putting new year resolutions into place is that we don't have a way to measure whether we have been successful. Fortunately though, this is quite an easy problem to solve as it is all in the way we word it.

For example:
Instead of – 'I’m going to get fit this year' - try - 'This year I am going to participate in the half marathon'
Instead of - 'I'm going to lose weight this year' - try - 'By June, I will get a personal trainer and reach a healthy BMI'
Instead of - 'I'm going to get strong this year' - try - 'I will achieve 5 chin ups by December this year'

By simply adding a due date to your resolutions you are making yourself accountable for the goals you are going to achieve. I think that we tend to fail at our goal most often because we feel that we can always do it later. Once you set your timeframe, set smaller (and measurable) checkpoints along the way to track your progress. With a timeline set in place, the excuses you grant yourself become fewer and fewer.

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Remember, sometimes the goals we set ourselves moving into the new year are not always going to work out. The good news though, is that resolutions are not just for the new year. If you want to achieve a goal the time is NOW to get started. No day in the future is a guarantee, so putting your goals off for the perfect moment to start can mean you never actually get on your way. Make this year the year of embracing all of your goals and actually achieving them.

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