New Year’s Resolution: Weight Loss
If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution in the past — and then broken it, join the club. This year, stop the pattern of resolving to make change and then not following through. If your resolution is to get fit and healthy in 2015, determine to make your goal a reality. Here are ten tips to help get you started.
1. Be reasonable
The easiest way to miss your intended goal, is to make your goals unachievable. Set goals that are realistic, such as losing five pounds per month. To help achieve this goal incorporate some simple daily exercises. Keep your goals achievable. We all know what we will and will not do on a regular basis.
2. Plan for the Long Term
Plan for the short term so you keep focused on your goals daily. Don’t project too far into the future, as that can be overwhelming. If you are able to keep to your daily plan, your long term goals will be realized.
3. Plan for healthy living not just weight loss
Healthy living is not just exercising or having healthy eating habits for six weeks then returning to bad habits. It is laying out a specific plan with a realistic method of achieving your goals.
4. Make a Life Plan List
Create a list with specific goals that are incremental. It’s important to pace ourselves so we do not become discouraged and overwhelmed. Keep your list with you and refer to it when you need help keeping your resolve.
5. Communicate with peers and a trusted friend
Don’t keep your resolution a secret. Tell those friends and family members who you know will be supportive and encouraging. The best-case scenario is to find a buddy who shares your New Year’s resolution and motivate each other.
6. Reward Yourself
This doesn’t mean that you can eat an entire box of chocolates if your resolution is to eat a healthier diet. Moderation is always the key. Your reward does not have to be in the form of food. For example, reward yourself with new fitness attire or by going to a movie with a friend.
7. Track Your Progress
Keep track of each small success. Instead of focusing on losing thirty pounds, focus on losing the first five. Keep a food journal to help you stay on track, and reward yourself for each five pounds lost.
8. One day at a time
Beating yourself up over the occasional slip up won’t help you achieve your goal. Do the best you can each day, and take one day at a time. Remember we all mess up from time to time!
Experts say it takes about twenty-one days for a new activity to become a habit and six months for it to become part of your personality. It won’t happen overnight, so be persistent and patient!
10. Never Quit
If you have missed your mark when it comes to keeping your resolution by mid-February, don’t throw in the towel. Recommit yourself for twenty-four hours. You can do anything for twenty-four hours. The twenty-four hour increments will soon build on each other, putting you right back on your fitness program.
What are your 2015 goals? Share them in the comments section below, and start getting support now!