Ask The Trainer – Jan/Feb 2015

Happy New Year!! Making resolutions a daily part of the journey of life

Welcome to 2015. Life is a journey they say and it is filled with ups and downs. The beginning of the year is a great time to reflect on this journey of life and to see where we have been and where we want to go. At this time of year, the idea of making “New Year’s Resolutions” is hopeful. According to the University of Scranton, Journal of Clinical Psychology the top 10 New Year’s resolutions for 2014 were as follows:

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Get organized
  3. Spend less, save more
  4. Enjoy life to the fullest
  5. Stay fit and healthy
  6. Learn something exciting
  7. Quit smoking
  8. Help others in their dreams
  9. Fall in love
  10. Spend more time with family

However, the data shows that only 8% of people achieve their goals. Sounds dismal right? This got me thinking about how we can change those statistics and I thought why wait for the new year to set goals, why not now? If life is truly a journey then every single day we have is an opportunity to change our reality. Our goals need to be built into this wonderful and sometimes crazy journey we call life. If we always wait for the New Year, we miss out on the many possibilities that exist in every moment.


After almost 25 years of Coaching, training and racing I’ve learned a lot about myself and about what drives us as humans. There is far too much to really write here, but truly I can say that the journey of life is like running a race. I love to train and race. Each event is a little microcosm of the journey of life. While I’m out on the course there are moments that I may think “holy crap monkey” and can feel the ache in my muscles and my heart rate racing and wonder if I can really do it. But there is a voice deep down inside that screams out YES. The finish line is coming and I can get there. And I continue focusing on one step at a time, knowing that I’ve trained, that I am made up of much more than this and that I have the courage to work through the discomfort and get to that finish line. And when I see the end goal, it is like no other feeling. I am doing it, I have overcome the fear, the pain, the self-doubt and made it happen. The journey – the hard work of training, eating well, getting up early and staying up late, was all worth it. The feeling of joy lasts a few days and then I am ready to set the next goal and continue to celebrate life one race, one day at a time.

Working out and staying fit and healthy is a daily part of life’s journey. There is nobility in physical pursuits. When we take on a physical challenge like a race or a workout program, it is us as humans at our most raw and vulnerable. It allows us a look into our souls to see who we really are, what our character really is and if we have the sticktuitiveness to make it happen. I’m always humbled at people’s goals. The fact that they want to achieve more for themselves in light of their busy lives and schedules is always amazing to me. If we can look at our daily lives like a race, and feel the confidence to move through the discomfort, to accept the good and the bad, then it will transform our experience and allow us to live fully.


What I have learned so far in my life’s journey:


  1. Life is a gift. The chances of us even being born are one in 400 trillion (4×1014). That is completely unfathomable as far as I’m concerned.
  2. Good health must be valued. If you really, really want to feel better, you have to work at it. Physically speaking, we were born with what we were born with and it is up to us to take care of that physical body. We take the raw material and either abuse it – take if for grated by eating too much and exercising too little or appreciate it and take care of it. We all have to eat healthy and move our bodies in order to maintain good health and quality of life – it is not an option.
  3. We are all worthy. We are all worthy of love and respect, period. I would love to inject the world with doses of confidence and good self-esteem.
  4. Positivity works. Positivity is defined as –“the state or character of being positive: a positivity that accepts the world as it is.” Easier said than done. Having a positive outlook takes diligence and practicing gratitude daily is a way to start. When we are grateful for all that we have, it creates a flow of energy that brings good feelings and can help change mood and consequently behavior.
  5. Life is a journey. We must have the dark in order to appreciate the light, we must feel the sorrow in order to appreciate the happy times. Life is full of ups and downs, it is how we handle those things that make up life. Each moment brings something different so be open to the possibilities and know these experiences are what enrich us.
  6. Control is an illusion. We can only control what we eat, how we move our bodies and how we respond to the world – everything else is out of our control.
  7. It is good for the soul.


New Year’s Resolutions are a good thing yet are often hard to stick to for longer than a few months. By incorporating your resolutions into your daily living, you have a greater chance of being successful. Having the courage and dedication to stick to your goals in spite of life is truly the triumph. Accepting each day and each moment as they are, will give you the confidence and grace to handle any challenge and lead you to a healthier and happier life. Happy New Year!


Whether you want to lose weight, run faster or climb Mount Everest, a personalized program is your best bet in achieving those goals. The hard work is always worth the effort in being successful. Let me know how I can help you with your journey and email any questions you may have to “Ask the Trainer” at And remember “PERSISTENT CONSISTENCY” is the key to success.


Until next time, train hard, laugh often, love passionately and have fun.

KC Carlberg, MPH and owner of Try Fitness Hawaii,