Lifestyle Quest Day #1: Commitment

In Kickstart, Nutrition by Eric Griffith

Like it or not, 2017 is hear and many of us are making resolutions and committing ourselves to really awesome goals for this challenge.

Set your goals words written on lined paper with a pen on it

But the truth is, New Year’s resolutions don’t work. Get this:
  • 25 percent of people abandon their New Year’s resolutions after one week.
  • 60 percent of people abandon them within six months. (The average person makes the same New Year’s resolution ten separate times without success.)
  • Only 5 percent of those who lose weight on a diet keep it off; 95% regain it. A significant percentage gain back more than they originally lost.
  • Even after a heart attack, only 14 percent of patients makes any lasting changes around eating or exercise.

But while New Year’s resolutions don’t work, goals do. Surprised?

The research is conclusive. Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at Dominican University in California, did a study on goal-setting with 267 participants. She found that you are 42 percent more likely to achieve your goals just by writing them down.

Of course, most people don’t bother to write down their goals. Instead, they drift through life aimlessly, wondering why their life lacks purpose and significance. I am not saying that committing your goals to writing is the end-game. It’s not. But it is the beginning.

The secret to accomplishing what matters most to you is committing your goals to writing. This is important because it will force you to clarify what you want.

Your quest today is to make a plan for the challenge and commit it to writing and post it somewhere you can review it every day.

Here is what I have created for myself to use for this challenge:

January 2017 Pledge:
My over all goal for this challenge is: To create and improve my exercise, sleeping, and nutrition habits over the next 30 days and to continue to use them throughout the year.
I, Eric Griffith, pledge to practice the following habits every day in January

Nutrition:  I will eat each meal in compliance with the guidelines set forth in my meal plan. If I hit my calorie goal of 2500 cal, within 100 calories I will award myself 6 points.  I will also award myself 2 points for each macronutrient category (Pro, Carb, Fat) I hit within 5 grams.

Exercise:  I will award myself 2 points for each day I exercise for 30min or more.  I also pleadge to participate in at least 3 CF Brigade classes as a member.

Mobility:  For every day I do mobility work, I will give myself 2 points. My plan is to complete the 14 day M-Wod Challenge and spend at least 10 min before and after my exercise on mobility work.

Supplementation:  I will award myself 2 points for supplementation if I take 1000mg of SFH fish oil each day. I will also begin a regimen of reishi mushroom extract to aid in controlling my Ulcerative Colitis more holistically.

Hydration:  I will award myself 2 point if I drink 75 oz water per day.  I plan on doing this my starting and finishing each day with 16 oz of water and then drinking at least 8 oz with each meal of snack.

Sleep:  I will award myself 2 points for each night I sleep at least 7 hours. I would like to set a consistent sleep schedule that will provide a minimum of 8 hour of sleep and allow me to get up at 6:30am daily. Additionally – I will cut out all screens 1 hour prior to bedtime.

Lifestyle:  I will complete each daily “Happiness Quest” in an effort to become more connected to my family, friends, gym members, and co-workers.

Furthermore, I would like to reduce my stress levels by practicing daily habits to improve my organization and by committing to daily prayer and devotionals.