Here we are again facing the new year and all of its unlimited possibilities. This time of the year is always crazy at my gym, with everyone buzzing about working on their health goals, and Zac and I are just as excited to help make these changes happen!
Now that Christmas has come and gone and you are no longer distracted by shopping for the perfect gifts and indulging in your favorite holiday recipes, you can get back on track with your health and wellness.
It maybe a little tempting to think that you don’t need any specific plans or goals in place to achieve your goals and new year’s resolutions, that you can kind of just go with the flow and you’ll eventually end up totally crushing your goals. I mean, how hard can sticking with weight loss goals be? Short-term “dieting” and working hard in the gym for a few weeks should be enough, right? (wrong!)
The truth of the matter is you won’t be successful in completing a goal if you aren’t realistic with yourself, and you’ll most likely want to give up or quit on your resolutions.
According to a 2000 study from the New England Journal of Medicine, the average American gains 5 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Even more so, 66% of people will quit their resolutions one month or less into the new year.
So, how can YOU make a real change in your health and weight loss this new year and achieve some incredible results? Let’s run through a couple keys to success as well as things you should 100% avoid!
How to set yourself up for success.
1. Find your why.
Your why should be your lighthouse. It should be the thing that drives you to get healthy. At IdealShape, we’ve found that more people are able to follow through with their weight loss goals when they focused on exactly why they wanted to lose weight, rather than just “wanting to lose weight just to lose weight.”
So, here’s my question to you: Why do you want to lose weight?
Did your doctor tell you you should lose weight because you’re health isn’t in a good state, or do you want to lose weight so you can be around longer for your family and be able to live life to its fullest? Are you missing out on old hobbies or fun activities because of your health and weight?
Find your why and make it shine with vibrancy so your tower can be seen in those moments of haze and discouragement.
2. Set a specific and measurable goal, with a clear time frame.
You know you want to lose weight now, but that’s not specific enough. To set yourself up for success, you want to set up clear, measurable, and realistic weight loss goals. I’m not talking about this “lose 10 pounds in a day” or “reduce your waist size 4 sizes in a week with this one simple trick!” kind of stuff! I’m talking about the kind of weight loss that is both healthy and attainable. The kind of weight loss that keeps you motivated and driven to achieve your goals.
When we set unrealistic expectations on ourselves we set ourselves up for failure. An example of a healthy and realistic goal would be, “I want to lose 10 pounds in 5 weeks.” Remember you didn’t put the weight on in one week, it certainly won’t come off in one week.
“I will never eat a french fry again!” How often do we actually follow through with these kinds of ideas? Be realistic with yourself with a goal like, “I will only eat fast food once a month.” Allow yourself to be human and enjoy life while focusing on moderation.
3. Don’t “Diet”
“Diet” is a word that simply refers to the food we consume, but it has popularly become a word people have coined to mean short-term, nutritional weight-loss regimens. Generally these “diets” that people follow in an attempt to lose weight restrict a ton of certain foods and rely on meal plans that just aren’t realistic (like expensive foods or meals that are just plain disgusting).
Like I mentioned earlier, it’s all about moderation. It’s about finding a balance that you can stick to for life, not just for a week or a couple months! I eat healthy foods and meals during the week, but you bet that every Friday I have an awesome pizza party with my husband and boys at our house! (If you follow me on social media, than you already know that! 🙂 )
Be realistic with yourself, and have a balance in your life! Is it really a good idea to swear off all of your favorite foods for good? One way that I stay on track with my health and fitness is by using a delicious IdealShake meal replacement shake every day. It’s super easy to make, really convenient, and way tasty.
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4. Don’t Wait For The Last Minute.
It’s easy to procrastinate when you’re facing something challenging. “It’s not even New Year’s, yet. I’ll start making changes on January 1st.” This mindset has been tested time and time again, and rarely does it pan out when New Year’s Day comes.
Those who begin planning their resolutions two or more weeks before enacting them raise their chances of success by 50%. Find a fitness program that interests you and don’t be afraid to commit to it. Start researching which supplements will benefit you the most and place the order.
By doing the work now, you’ll find motivation and excitement for the new year, rather than feeling overwhelmed and discouraged.
And one more important thing: don’t get down on yourself if you slip up on your goals. Try your hardest to be consistent and put in the work, but if you fall off the wagon, dust yourself off, pick yourself back up, and start again!
The Final Countdown
Be realistic about your weight loss goals and don’t put unnecessary expectations on yourself. After all, this is the time of the year for compassion. Be patient in your journey and remember to keep an eye on your why when you begin to lose sight of why you started this process in the first place.
Don’t let your excitement this year fade away with the holidays. Let 2017 be your best year in fitness ever. Keep an open mind and try new things. We all need a little help, and sometimes that help comes in unsuspecting forms.
Don’t overwhelm yourself. Start simple! You can lose weight this year and achieve your goals. I know it! And guess what? I’m here to help!
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