If this is not a topic you are not interested in, please feel free to skip the post :)
I can assure you, a majority of people in the latter half of that sentence never reach the goal. Some do, but many have greater reasons. Health problems, Dr's orders, nagging wife, etc. to those, I applaud, but for everyone else, it's ok. You are in the majority.
Whether your goals are losing weight or getting overall fit. Realism needs to be factored in.
Many people come up with an incredible fantasy number in their head of their "ideal" weight loss amount. It seems the general consensus is, "if I was X lbs lighter, life would be better"
I too have fallen into this mindset numerous times and often still do. Especially in the dressing room. Thank you inventor of the skinny jean
Some people go so far as to get brand new gym equipment, buy machinery, rent tapes, order DVD's and enter into a costly gym membership.
Fast forward two months, and find yourself not much lighter, and you have given up. The gym equipment is becoming a clothes rack, and the only thing about the gym you see is the monthly fee on your credit card statement. "Oh yeah…"
Suddenly losing "X" lbs flies out the window followed with Easter marshmallows, Birthday Cakes, 4th of July BBQ's, and then the holidays begin. You may attempt some kind of of gym relapse before summer starts but the gym is packed with a swarm of people who have come to the same realization. You just cant deal with the crowds so down is attempt two. Before you know it, the year it over, and the resolution becomes a repeat the following year.
To be successful you can't do it for someone else, it has to be YOU who wants change. Once you are actually ready to commit, change will come.
People who are successful in gaining health, create healthy habits, continually attempt to try, and just keep going. ( Google habits of healthy people, you will find similar traits)
The scale may move, it may not. The weights may not get heavier for months, and after 2 months you may still huff and puff at the 1 mile mark but guess what?
You ARE getting better. If you did not keep trying you wouldn't know your starting point, and wouldn't strive to to be a bit better next time.
People who are successful at gaining fitness every year, always just keep trying. You are not competing with the person next to you, or that family member who competes in marathons weekly. This is your pace. Stop looking around at people who are better in races, or skinnier in clothes. There is always going to be another person like that. It's a big world! That's their life,not yours.
By striving to just be better, to be healthier, to be a little more conscious of food. All that adds up in 1 year. Just because you do or do not reach your fantasy weight does not mean you failed.
There is a difference between going to the gym and sitting on a Bicycle for 2 hours on the 2nd lowest reading "Glamour" and actually going on a machine and trying for 20 minutes until your legs burn.
Person 1 says I went to the gym for 2 hours, how come I'm not losing weight? -- this person needs to try harder and get real. ( Please note this comment is for people are of able bodied and not suffering from past injury or health issues)
Person 2 did not stay as long, but tried harder. They may not expect change after just 20 minutes, but at least they tried and are realistic about it.
Once it is absorbed in your mind and actually decomposed to the simple fact, it just seems crystal clear.
This year I'm going to TRY and be REALISTIC about the changes that will come forth.
People who have this mantra in their head and actually follow it, will notice changes do come. Not always in #'s on scales, but in reaching past your previous running pace, in lifting all your families grociers without help, in being able to run up the stairs when the elevators break without huffing and puffing, to be able to open jam jars!
Look for these things, realize these things, and notice small improvements. Now you will also realize " I'm healthier, and life is better for it!"