Here we are again facing the new year and all of its unlimited possibilities. It’s a time for fresh starts and turning over a new leaf.
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!
According to a 2000 study from the New England Journal of Medicine, the average American gains 5 lbs between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
Many people might think that they’ll just lose that weight as soon as the holidays are over. But 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” is your inspiration. It should be your lighthouse. It should be the thing that drives you to get healthy.
It’s what you’re going to turn to for the motivation to keep going when things get tough!
At IdealShape, we’ve found that people are so much more likely to follow through with their weight loss goals when they identify and focus on a strong why.
So, here’s my question to you:
Why do you want to lose weight?
Did your doctor tell you that you should lose weight because your 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? Or maybe you’re missing out on old hobbies or fun activities because of your health and weight?
These are all powerful reasons that can fuel you toward reaching your weight loss goals.
Whatever your reason may be, make sure that it’s something that motivates, inspires, and empowers you!
Find your why and make it shine with vibrancy so your lighthouse 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 be an effective goal.
To set yourself up for success, you want to establish clear, measurable, and realistic weight loss goals.
I’m not talking about this “lose 10 pounds in a day” or “reduce your waist by 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 create unrealistic expectations for ourselves we set ourselves up for failure.
“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.
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.
3. Don’t “Diet”
“Diet” is a word that simply refers to the food we consume. In our society, however, it has morphed into a word that usually means short-term, nutritional weight-loss regimens.
Generally, these “diets” tell you to restrict a ton of certain foods and rely on meal plans that just aren’t realistic longterm (like expensive foods or meals that are just plain disgusting).
A healthy nutritional plan is all about moderation. It’s about finding a balance that you can stick to for life, not just for a week or a couple of months!
For example, I eat healthy foods and meals during the week, but you can bet that every Friday I have an awesome pizza party with my boys at our house! (If you follow me on social media, then you already know that! 😀 )
Be realistic with yourself, and practice 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!