It is no secret that gym memberships escalate to epic proportions come the month of January, with many individuals rushing to make their New Year’s resolutions to finally lose weight more concrete by signing up at a gym. But it does not take long for those resolutions to be forgotten, the gym card gets lost or dusty, and the need to lose weight while still there, gets overwhelmed with other priorities in life. This year, don’t let your resolution collect dust, and instead, resolve to approach your weight loss and diet needs smarter, instead of just sticking to the standard ‘lose ten pounds this year’ New Year’s resolution. Make concrete goals that are realistic, easy, and attainable, and this alone will ensure that your resolutions stick this year, much more than your extra holiday weight.
It is true that winter is the toughest season to lose weight, and if you live in colder or northern temperatures, it is even tougher. Blizzards, bad weather, bad roads, and no opportunities to get active outside are all very handy excuses to stay inside and immobile. Unfortunately, when these choices are made to remain inactive due to weather or other excuses, your metabolism automatically slows down, and those extra holiday pounds are even harder to move. Fine tuning your diet and exercise program in easy to use and follow steps will ensure your success at making your New Year’s resolution is a sure thing.
Start by putting it all in writing. Make a contract with yourself by writing down why you want to lose weight, how much you want to lose, and where specifically you want to lose it. By putting it in black and white you will have something to look at and a concrete plan of objectives to follow. The next thing you will write down are your concrete goals. Go easy on yourself and revisit your contract when you have met your goals. ‘I want to lose five pounds by March’ is a good start. This is an easy to accomplish goal that if you take your steps properly, you will be able to accomplish. The success at meeting your first goal will motivate you enough to move towards your second and third goals.
You are also going to write down a diet plan that you can work with. Cut out fats and carbohydrates, they are fat’s best friends. Decide what you are cutting out and when, but don’t restrict yourself completely. Write down one cheat you can use, for example, one chocolate bar per week. State how and when you will use your cheat. If you like to watch movies on Friday nights, let that be your cheat night. This will give you something to look forward to, and motivate you enough to meet the rest of your diet plan because you won’t feel like you are starving or depriving yourself.
After you have made your plan and put it in writing, it’s time to get to the gym. If you really think this is where you will fail the most, invest in a personal trainer. Even if you only do so for the first few weeks of your program, this is an individual trained to motivate and inspire you to achieve your very best. Show your trainer your plan at your first session, and they will develop a program that will help you meet those goals and be successful at achieving your resolutions for the first time in years.
The important thing when you are setting New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, eat better, and look and feel great, is that you set attainable goals. Put it in writing to ensure you keep those goals. When you set attainable goals that are realistic, they are much easier to meet, and as such, you will be much more successful in the long run.
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