Are you a New Year’s “Resolutionist?”
If so, this isn’t a post to discourage you! Eleven years ago, right before the holidays, I made a promise to myself that I would lose weight and become a healthy role model for my children. And, a few short weeks before New Year’s, I started to log my food intake and attend regular fitness classes. Why did I do this during the craziest time of the year? I did this because I knew that if I could survive those days with portion control, I could survive anything!
Those first few weeks were arduous. I wanted to break the pact I had made with myself often, especially in the evenings. And, just when I began to think that I couldn’t do it anymore, I saw the scale finally start to move. Eventually, after six months of careful monitoring and regular exercise, I was down 45 pounds and well within my healthy weight range. I felt amazing and so very proud of myself. In fact, this was when I decided to become a Certified Personal Trainer and help other people get healthy.
If you, like me, want to be successful on your New Year’s resolution, here are some tips:
1. Set a true goal, not just a wish! Set your intentions with a date and a specific target, with attainable/reasonable steps. For example, you will be much more likely to lose weight if you set a goal to “lose X pounds by this date.” Wanting weight loss without a specific ‘end date’ or plan of action is only a wish.
2. Find a supportive friend/family member to encourage your changing lifestyle. Sometimes, those we love are not always supportive when we want to change. In fact, sometimes they can be a source of sabotage. If you find this is the case, ensure that you have a friend or a support group (that you can contact often) to keep encouraging you on those tough days.
3. A bad day is not the end!!! If you overindulge during one meal, start fresh with the next. Don’t give up a goal because you have one bad day. (Yes, I had bad days, too…)
4. Commit to fitness! A moving body is a healthy body. If you commit to eating well and staying active, you are much more likely to meet and/or exceed your goals.
5. Find healthy convenience foods. Convenience foods have a bad reputation, but they don’t have to be unhealthy. Buy healthy prepared foods at grocery stores and restaurants. Save time and stay on track!
Happy New Year!