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.
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!