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Lately I haven’t been ‘walking my talk’ when it comes to sticking with my fitness routine. And for me, that is a big deal. As a result I think I’ve been feeling some guilt around not keeping promises to myself.

My last post was about having another look at your new year’s resolutions. I wrote this is because I was feeling some shame at not having done it myself!

Why is this important to you?

Like me, I’ll bet there are a few of you reading this who have also slipped back into your usual routine, and the enthusiastic mindset that you started the year with has lost some of it’s glow?

Don’t worry; this is normal. I hope my experience will also help you.

So where did I go wrong and how can I get back on track?

targetIn January I set myself a target of jogging 1000 miles this year. See post Keystones for Success in Life and Business. The beauty of this goal is that it is an activity that is measurable on a weekly and monthly basis. Of course I don’t actually want to jog 1000 miles; that is just the activity. My real goal is to maintain a satisfactory level of fitness.

Now, that may look either easy or difficult to you depending on your mindset and experience, but to me it is quite a long way.

Like most people, I started the year enthusiastically sticking to my new health and fitness routine. In fact, I started out too enthusiastically ‘? I was clocking up quite a few more kilometres than I needed to do in order to reach target.

One week I did 50km when I only deeded to do 32km.

I started to get some injuries such as a sore foot that stopped me jogging for quite a few weeks, and then the cold weather kicked in.

What can you do to get back on target?

We are now four months into the year and I’ve only jogged 404 km (251 miles), so I’m basically five weeks behind my target.

It is very easy to get demoralised and simply give up. But that isn’t what I’m going to do and it isn’t what you should do either. This is one of the reasons you need to regularly do a goal setting exercise.

The way I look at is that all I’ve done is make things a little harder for myself. So, I’ve now set a new mini goal. Instead of doing 32km a week (which I needed to do to reach 1000 miles by new year 2010) I’ll have to do 37km per week.

The important thing is not whether or not I actually do 1000 miles in ’09, but rather that by refocusing on your goals and your reasons for setting them, like me, you will have a much better chance of achieving something better than you would if you did nothing.