The New Year is almost here and one of the most common new year resolution ideas is losing weight and getting fit… which is not always an easy task. In fact, for many of us it’s down right challenging! However, it IS possible and more than that, YOU CAN keep your new years resolution if you set your mind to it. Here are few tips to help you stay motivated:
Break Your Big Goals Up Into Smaller Goals
Let’s say one of your big goals for the New Year is to lose 20 pounds. You need to set a realistic time frame and then create a plan of action by breaking up your goals into smaller goals and action tasks. A healthy weight loss is about 1-2 pounds per week, so a goal of 2 pounds per week is a good one. This means your deadline to accomplish your big goal could be 10 weeks to lose those 20 pounds. Now that you’ve got your deadline, you can set your first, smaller goal of losing 10 pounds in 5 weeks. Then you create your action plan, which will vary for everyone based on fitness level, eating habits, etc. Your action plan may be to simply walk every day for 30 minutes a day and to eat healthier. Or you may be a little crazier and decide to do the Insanity program. Whatever your plan, staying motivated to lose weight starts with setting a clear plan and being consistent.
Let Your Friends or Online Connections Help Keep You on Track
Most people know at least one other friend or family member who is also trying to lose weight and get in shape. The best thing you can do is team up with one of them and hold each other accountable. This helps you both stay motivated to meet your new years fitness and weight loss goals. The best part is, you can pick someone who lives nearby so you can meet at a Zumba class or take a daily walk… or you can team up with your online friends and track you progress through social media sites! Facebook groups and social sites like Spark People and WeightTraining.com are great alternatives to connect with people online with similar goals.
Keep a Journal or Start a Blog
Whether its a diet journal, a food journal, a fitness journal or simply a journal with your daily thoughts, keeping one is a great way to stay motivated and keep yourself on track. For most people, a weight loss journey is full of ups and downs, so having a journal to express yourself is a good way to express yourself and avoid keep things bottled up. A food or diet journal is also a very good way to keep track of what you eat every day. In the past, when I’ve kept a food journal I was surprised how often I snacked and eventually ate more than I thought I did. A fitness or exercise journal also helps keep you accountable to your workout regime. If you’d prefer to share your experiences online with others, a blog is also another good option. You can share your blog with your “real” and online friends, making your progress easier to follow for all.
Expect Setbacks. Forgive Yourself and Keep Going.
Keep going. That’s how to stay motivated to lose weight and keep your fitness goals. If you’re human, you will have setbacks. You might mess up on your diet and have a piece of cake. You may even miss a workout or two. It’s ok to enjoy your food and live your life. What’s not OK is to guilt or shame yourself, or to engage in negative self-talk. Your thoughts and your words shape your reality, so keep it positive. One way to do that is if you find yourself saying or thinking unkind or harsh things about yourself, ask yourself if this is what you’d say to your mom, sister, daughter, or friend. Most of the time, the answer will be no. You deserve the same kindness that you give to others! When you slip up on your eating or miss a day of working out, do not give up. You need to stay positive, “get back on the horse,” and start on the right path again. KEEP GOING!
Are your ready to start on your weight loss journey?