Start your year off right by following my 7 easy ways to stick to your weight loss resolution!
New Years Resolutions are a great way to start your year. You’re filled with hope, determination and the goal of making this THE year to make your weight loss happen. But by February, the treadmills aren’t occupied, the gym is empty and many people have fallen off the wagon. Been there, done that.
But not anymore and that won’t be you this year either.
Here are 7 easy ways to stick to your weight loss resolution, stick to your goals and achieve success.
1.Declare your weight loss resolution!
Share your goals with your friends and family. It’s one awesome way to hold yourself accountable knowing other people have heard your goals. If you’re not into sharing publicly, start a personal Instagram page and hold yourself accountable with photos and short journal like entries. Find other people who have similar goals and follow them too.
2. Set manageable goals.
I fail every single time I give myself a goal that’s just too big to achieve. Make your goals small and manageable. Start off with eliminating soda for one week. Then make it two weeks and so on. Go to the gym or workout at home 3 days a week. You don’t have to go hard and heavy when you first jump in to a new routine, you just have to do it.
If you have a goal that just seems so far away, break it down into achievable monthly goals for you to work on. I prefer non food based rewards if you’re planning on rewarding yourself for each goal you achieve.
3. Set yourself up for success.
I’m big on planning my day especially on writing things down. Chances are if you write it down, you’re going to want to check that off your list. Write down your resolutions and make it a point to visit them if you get off track.
If you know when your diet is going to begin, make a plan to go food shopping after you’ve gotten rid of the junk food holding you back. If fitness is hard for you, set your workout clothes out to give you a gentle reminder to hit the treadmill. Whatever it is, make a plan.
If you’re big on your schedule and sticking to it, block out time for exercise. Use your calendar for more than just work related stuff. Don’t stress yourself out with scheduling too much. Make it manageable! We’re moms! We’ve got so much going on already. Add 30 minutes to start for exercise or meal planning and increase as you continue on your journey.
4. Set reminders.
I love to set reminders on my phone to go off at random times in the future. It’s a great way to remind me why I started my whole journey and to give me a kick in the butt when I need it. Find some motivational quotes and set a reminder once a month at random. Future you will appreciate the motivation and you now will be happy you’re starting.
5. Start a food journal/exercise journal.
Going along with how much I love to plan, keeping a food and exercise journal is important to me. I like to see my stats in progress and work to make each day better. Use technology to your advantage here too. Download a free app called MyFitnessPal and keep track of your food, exercise and weight. You can also sync your FitBit and other fitness trackers up with it too.
6. Make it a habit.
It can take 21-30 days to make something a habit and it’s definitely easier to break a habit than it is to make one. Start off making a plan every single day to achieve your goals. Use the energy you feel on January 1st to carry you through the month of January. By February, your life will have changed and you’ll be settling into your new healthy routine.
The choices you make every day have the power to make a huge impact on your life. Take control of your habits and they will change your life for the better.
7. Don’t dwell on setbacks.
Setbacks will probably happen. Life happens, no one is perfect and sometimes you just need to eat a donut and skip the gym for a week. I’m not asking why but I get it. Don’t let that one day dictate the end goal.
And if you’re starting a new workout program, injuries can happen. Don’t let it get you down! I’ve had a few myself in 2018 and whenever I felt better, I started Day 1 all over again and put that time behind me. If I couldn’t hit the gym, I focused on mostly on my diet and getting better. Once I was able to get back to the gym, I started slow again before increasing as I continued to go.
What are your weight loss resolutions? Follow me on Instagram as I conquer mine!
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