Chances are that when January 1st rolled around you made a few lofty health and wellness goals that you wanted to achieve during 2017. Remember those? Now that we are rolling into March it may be clever to take a step back and see how your progress is coming along in that regard? Are you on track for what you resolved to make happen for yourself this year? Or is perhaps time to take a step back, refocus, and reset? If the former rings true, well done you! But if the latter is resonating with something inside you, you aren’t alone. Even the seemingly most organized, energetic and fitness-enthused amongst us fall out of their routine from time to time and lose sight of their goals. It doesn’t mean that all hope is lost for the year, it just means it’s time to take a step back, remind yourself why you set that goal in the first place and start pushing forward towards it again.

To help you with this hussle, we checked in with all our awesome surf-shack instructors to find out how they keep their eye on the prize when focus is waning. Hopefully some of their strategies will help you get yourself refocused and crushing your goals all spring and summer long.

“Before I even set a resolution I like to ask myself, “Do I even want this? How badly and what I am willing to do to get it?” Once I have established my passion for the goal I can set mini goals to achieve daily, weekly and monthly to then collectively work towards the bigger picture!” ~Rachel


“When I feel like quitting, I remember why I started. I keep connecting to the bigger picture and intention of why I wanted this goal in the first place. If you truly connect with the why behind your goal, you’re going to be way more successful versus just setting a goal that might be superficial like I just want to lose 10 lbs.” ~Mallory

“It’s not easy! Being a full time teacher and having several family responsibilities like driving my kids to activities or keeping them feed and happy—it doesn’t leave a lot of ‘me time’.

For this reason, I try to make myself accountable to the people around me when it comes to motivating my fitness goals. I invite friends,  coworkers or family to workout, or I’ve create ’10 minutes a day challenges’ (yoga, abs, etc.) that I share with others, again to be accountable to someone! I know that I feel the happiest, most energized and healthiest when I’m exercising regularly and I try to remind myself of that when times are busy or stressful.” ~Diana


“For me it’s all about variety. If I don’t switch my routine up every couple of weeks, I’m bored!” ~Ashley 

“I make my resolutions as specific and realistic as I can—so setting a timeline and a target so that Iknow what to push for!” ~Liezanne 

“Set up mini goals to reach the bigger goal. It’s all about incremental successes leading to the end goal.” ~Kerby

“I try to surround myself with people who have similar resolutions which helps keep me accountable and motivated. I’m lucky that it’s usually my close girlfriends and because of that, it’s easy to share and remind each other of our intentions regularly. Whether it’s a new idea for our next sweat date (fitness resolution), trying a new activity around YYC (‘when was the last time you tried something for the first time?’ resolution) or reminding each other to be more open and show gratitude (spiritual resolution), I always have someone to keep me in check.” ~Steph

“I don’t make resolutions, however, I do set character goals and make a list of new activities/classes I would like to try the upcoming year. That being said, this year I would like to be more intentional about getting to bed earlier.” ~Krista

“This year I focussed my energy and attention on an ‘intention’ instead of setting a resolution. Resolutions seem so finite, whereas intentions seem more fluid and flexible to change… because, life. My intention for 2017 is to create a healthy, sustainable lifestyle by incorporating different styles of movement and exercise into my weekly regime.” ~Trish

“I find the word New Year’s Resolutions tricky because they are often hard to keep. Often we make resolutions that are too large and that are framed in a negative context. Set smaller goals that help you work towards the bigger resolution and as those are achieved reward yourself for the successes. We should be constantly setting goals for ourselves throughout the year. Resolutions should be SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. Sticking to this model is how I stay more focused on what I want to achieve and I take it one day at a time not one year at a time. If I have a bad day, tomorrow is always a fresh start.” ~Adrianna

“I try to reset and remember why I made those resolutions in the first place.” ~Julia

For me, it’s less about resolutions and more about intentions. When I feel like I’m jumping off the bandwagon, I come back to the intention behind why I set a goal or want to make certain lifestyle choices. I also don’t beat myself up for skipping a workout or eating a treat — it’s part of the journey and something to learn from. As long as it doesn’t become a cycle!” ~Karleen

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