How to Stick to New Year’s Weight Loss Goals
It is the beginning of the new year, 2017! With the new year comes New Year’s resolutions. Everybody sets goals for themselves, like wanting to lose 20 pounds or be more positive or get more active. These are all great goals to set for yourself, achieving them is the hard part. Most people do not achieve even a fraction of their goals.
The main goal that I hear is, “I want to lose 30 pounds”. Is this a realistic goal for you though? Many times, unrealistic weight loss or fitness goals are made, and this can lead to a person becoming depressed and less willing to try to get fit again. Planning is key and the only person accountable for following it is you! Do not fear though, there are steps that can be taken to avoid this spiral of doom!
Steps to Success!
Step 1: What do you Want to Change About Yourself?
The very first step to do is choosing what you want to change or improve about yourself. From a physical standpoint do you want to lose a certain amount of weight, gain more muscle. From a mental standpoint, do you want to improve your focus through yoga, improve your mental strength to do more reps of an exercise, etc.
Step 2: What is Your Long-Term, Realistic Fitness Goal?
Now that you have decided on what you want to change or improve, we have to come up with a specific, long-term and realistic goal. If you decided that you want to lose some weight, how much weight do you specifically want to lose? Now, keep in mind to set a realistic goal. Create a goal that you know you can reach. For example if your resolution is to lose weight, choose to lose 10 pounds in a month rather than 20 pounds. Losing 20 pounds on a month would not be a healthy or realistic goal.
Step 3: Make Small Fitness Goals for the Near Future.
After you have set your long-term goal, make small fitness goals for the near future. By this I mean create a goal to reach for the end of the day or week. For the weight loss example set a goal to cut down on desserts to only one treat per day for a week or stick to your nutrition plan 80% of the time. This may seem minimal but making small changes can add up to big results! For the next two weeks make another goal to lose 2 lbs. or make a goal to exercise 3 times per week.
Step 4: Progress not perfection.
Making the commitment to improve your health and fitness will come with setbacks. Too much to eat at the buffet, one glass of wine turning into an entire bottle or missing a day or week of workouts. Don’t let mistakes or setbacks keep you from working on your goal. No one is perfect even if they pretend to be on social media! When you have a slip up don’t use it as an excuse to give up. Instead pick yourself up and keep going.
Step 5: Motivate Yourself Through the Journey.
Lastly and the most important step, stick to your journey! After three months, you may start to get bored and slowly lose sight of where you want to be by the next year. To avoid this, find things that motivate you. For example, instead of doing typical cardio, try dance cardio. Another motivating step to take is to buy a new outfit every month. Simply, by purchasing new workout clothes you can excite yourself to achieve your workout for the day.
By taking these steps you can be sure to keep to your fitness journey. Sticking to New Year’s resolutions can be easily done this way. In the beginning, it may seem slow to start and feel like you’re not achieving anything, but you want the change to be permanent. If you start too intensely, it may demotivate you and cause you to give it all up. Basically think if you can keep it up for every day of your life. If you can’t then you’re probably pushing too hard in the beginning. Take it slow and by doing so you will see healthy, continuous, and permanent changes!