Each year, we make promises to ourselves to do better, go for that promotion, and more often than not, lose weight. It’s the customary time of the year to make a goal and try to stick with it for the entire year. However, we often fall off the race horse before we develop a good stride, and our health suffers because of it. Instead of making resolutions you won’t keep this New Year, use these tips fromShapeFit.com to find success in reaching your goals.
- Write down your goals: If you truly want to accomplish something like losing weight and adopting a healthier lifestyle, you have to visualize it. Journals, food diaries, to-do lists, and fitness apps are all available to help you reach your goals and remind you on a daily basis what you’re working towards.
- Set a definitive date to check in on your progress: Saying you’ll reach your goal sometime in the upcoming year won’t do — you need to work toward a definitive date. Setting yourself up to “check-in” every few weeks can help reaffirm your determination to reach your goals. But you also need that deadline to stay motivated. Challenge yourself to meet a goal after a certain number of days, weeks, or months and stick to it.
- Get rid of temptations: Do a pantry raid to remove all the bad-for-you foods in your kitchen and don’t buy them again. Not having these foods on-hand will help you resist temptations for late-night snacking and overindulging. Fill your kitchen with healthy, nutrient-dense foods that give you a well-balanced diet.
- Meet mini-goals: Start small to build up to the big task of meeting your ultimate weight-loss goal. Write your goals down where you can focus on them each day, and adopt these healthy habits slowly to create the best lifestyle for you. A few mini-goals may include:
- Drink 10 glasses of water each day.
- Take the steps to your office at work instead of the elevator.
- Stop drinking soda.
- Eliminate all fried foods from your diet.
- Use your friends for support: Telling a friend or family member about your weight-loss goal and how they can help you achieve it can give you more motivation to follow through on your resolution. In addition, you may find a buddy to help you workout and encourage you to eat healthy.
- Document everything: Write down everything you eat and drink, along with your moods. This will help you see what foods you like, how they affect your moods, and how you’re working to reach your goals.
- Photograph yourself: It may not be fun at first, but it will be helpful to document your journey with pictures. Take progress photos every so often to see the differences your diet and exercise regimen are making with your body. These will help show you that even if the scale doesn’t move, your body composition may be changing. You can even join social networks and share your photos with others on the same journey as you, to receive more encouragement and motivation to keep moving forward.
- Set realistic goals: You must understand that the extra weight you’ve gained happened over time and not over a two-week period. So you can’t expect two weeks to go by and to be suddenly transformed into your former self. It takes time, and you must set your goal far enough in the future to allow you to work toward it in a healthy manner.
Talk to your physician if you’re considering making a New Year’s weight-loss resolution. Your doctor will be able to help you set a goal and a definitive date to reach it. In addition, you may be given advice on nutrition and exercise routines to use to reach your goals, along with support groups to help motivate you to succeed.
It’s a new year pretty soon. Set yourself up for success and don’t look back!
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