Failure Isn’t An Option: Sticking to Resolutions

You may have heard only 8% of of the population actually sticks to their New Years Resolutions. We all see it, the treadmills are on constant rotation in the gym on January 1st. But by January 31st, the same regulars can reclaim their favorite spot.

The DirtyBird Lifestyle means failure isn’t an option. No matter how dark, how cold it is in the morning; you don’t miss leg day. No matter how many times you fall from an inversion pose in yoga class; you keep trying until you nail it. There is no room for failure. This means staying accountable and sticking to your New Years Resolutions.

We hit up our favorite DirtyBirds to see what intentions they’ve set for the year and how they plan to stick with it.


Rachel: The Running DirtyBird

“I’m a runner through and through, but I’ve been injured more often than not for the past two years. Being benched is a wakeup call. It’s tough to realize that I’ve been making some conscious decisions that have ultimately hurt my running game. My goal this year is to treat my body better so I can stay healthy and run the Chicago Marathon. This means doing things that only serve my body in a positive way. More strength training, eating more protein, utilizing rest days as actual rest days and accepting that I’m not superwoman. I’m a type A personality, so I’ve made a bullet journal that will keep me in check with how I’m treating my body and how I’m feeling. I have running coach to keep me accountable. And I’m being more vocal about this intention. Saying it out loud makes it harder to slip up and makes the goal more real. The more that I talk about it, the more I realize I really want to achieve it.”


Calla: The Comeback DirtyBird

“For as long as I can remember, being active has been an essential part of my life. I ran, biked, rode horses, rock climbed, did yoga, lifted…you get the picture. My mom was a health teacher, a coach and a fitness instructor; she raced bikes and she ran marathons. It was part of me. And then there was 2017. I could share reasons (ahem, excuses), but suffice it to say fitness took a backseat. At the time I thought it was perfectly acceptable, but I quickly noticed how it affected other areas of my life. My energy level and motivation dipped. I was cranky. Something was missing.

2018 is a fresh slate. And while I’ve never been a huge fan of life-changing decisions at the beginning of the year, I have always been interested in setting and accomplishing goals. This year, though, I’m also learning how challenging it is to re-form those positive habits that I once had. So I’ve boiled it down to this: 2018 is the year of discipline and balance.
I’m holding myself accountable in a few ways. Accountability partners, a mapped out schedule, and a “don’t break the chain” calendar are just a few. I’m setting intermediate, achievable goals to help stay motivated. Since I’ve never been one to focus solely on one thing, I’m allowing time for balance. And finding time where I didn’t think there was any. For instance, I’m putting final touches on these paragraphs during a recovery interval on my trainer.
Being active has always been essential. But for the first time in forever, I view it as something special and personal, and that’s refreshing. “

Anne: The Balanced DirtyBird

“Every year I declare the same, simple resolution: find balance. And every year, for twelve months I stew over my lack thereof and look for ways to regroup. This year, I made a list!

1. Put down the device: the key word there is actually just a part of a word. VICE. Seeing the world without looking up can be both exciting and soothing, but through it I find that I do not actually see the world.
2. Try out a hobby: I’ve decided to learn how to make rugs. Braided rugs, woven rugs, knotted rugs, I want to do it all! Why, you ask? Why not! I also find the repetitive and somewhat monotonous nature of it really meditative.. something that I otherwise can clear my busy brain enough to do.
3. Swear less: do I really need an explanation here? Ok, well, I have a three-year-old and I also find it diminishes what I am really feeling or trying to communicate, in addition to making any bystanders (intended or unintended) feel on-edge or uncomfortable.
4. Eat less sugar and gluten: sparing you the soap box, I started this early, replacing my carby morning mistress (muffins, scones, croissants, etc) with more greens and proteins and I can honestly say I feel GOOD.
So, will I find balance? Let’s check back in a year, but I think I am going to enjoy the journey of getting there.”

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