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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - New Year's Resolutions can be easy to make--but sticking to a long term goal is the hard part. One man reveals his secret to meeting your mark.
When setting a goal, the enthusiasm to meet that goal may only last about a week--when the urge to give up kicks in.
"I kind of look at it like this is my way to earn my own personal pride and bragging rights." Scott Foster has a lot to brag about. He made a New Year's resolution two years ago that changed his life. "2 years ago I weighed in at about 290 pounds, I was in a size 44 pant," said Foster.
He has lost nearly 100 pounds, and has kept it off, spending 7-12 hours a week at the Second Street YMCA. Working with a personal trainer was a key to his success. "If it wasn't for that direction I probably would've floundered and gotten frustrated and maybe given up," Foster admitted.
He also says to look at the smaller picture. "If I had looked at this 2 years ago and said, 'Oh my god I have 2 years of work to do,' that would've seen insurmountable," Foster explained.
Annabelle Pike, the Wellness Director agrees. She suggests breaking a huge goal down into daily choices. "So if that means today you come in and do a cycling class or today come and walk on a treadmill for 10 minutes. It's whatever you can do today," Pike explained.
Many join the gym in January for different reasons, and the Y is already seeing memberships rise. "People making new year's resolution as well as people coming in to train for the many events that we have going on in the spring in Louisville, the triple crown running series," said Pike.
Whatever the reason, a goal can be reached if you stick to it. "It's not out of anyone's reach, you just have to show up and do it and commit to it," said Foster.
Many gyms have specials right now. There is no joining fee at the Y through mid-January.