5 Ways to Achieve Your New Years Weight Loss Resolution
It’s always at the top of everyone’s New Years Resolution list: get fit, get healthy, lose weight.
As with most resolutions, however, not many people succeed. In fact, only 8% of people who make a New Years Resolution are actually successful in achieving it. That’s a pretty depressing statistic isn’t it? The good news is that doesn’t have to be you.
I’ve had my fair share of resolutions, some successful and some unsuccessful. I’ve also had many weight-loss related resolutions throughout my fitness journey, and these are the top five ways in which I enabled myself to achieve my resolution:
1. Define Your Goal Clearly. Whatever your resolution might be, whether it’s to lose 10 pounds or 50 pounds, if you don’t have a specific and vivid end goal you won’t ever achieve your resolution. It’s pretty simple: if you don’t know where you’re headed, you can’t possibly come up with a realistic plan of action for how to get there. Write it down on a piece of actual paper and put it somewhere you can see every day (next to the fridge probably wouldn’t be a bad idea!)
2. Do Your Research. Once you’ve defined your fitness resolution, you need to understand what exactly it will take to achieve it. If it’s to shed some pounds, there is so much information out there on the internet that you can take advantage of! It’s important to define your goal, but it’s equally important to understand what you will need to do to get there.
3. Set a Completion Date. Based off of the research you’ve done and your personal schedule, set a realistic and again, specific date that you would like to achieve your resolution. By giving yourself a deadline, you’re more likely to accomplish your goal in comparison to “Oh, I’ll lose weight sometime in 2016….” Yeah, that’s probably not gonna happen.
4. Stay Motivated. This is probably the hardest step of all. I’ve seen plenty of friends start out with the best of intentions, only to give up a few weeks later. I’ve been there too. The best thing to remember is that you will lose motivation. This is inevitable. So preparing for that moment is pretty essential. Here’s what you can do:
· Take progress pictures each week on the same day and time. This was SO useful to me in my first few months starting out, because it was really difficult to see noticeable changes in the mirror. The pictures allowed me to see that I had actually made progress, and that motivated me to continue and be patient with the process.
· Save a “goal body” picture. We all have that one fitness celebrity or model we admire… you know, the one you stalk shamelessly on Instagram? Although this may sound creepy, save a picture of them that really motivates you and print it out and hang it up or set it to your phone background. When you can visually see your goal each day, you’re going to be motivated to throw that extra cookie away.
· Find a fitness friend. With all the New Years Fitness resolutioners out there, I’m more than positive you can find at least one of your friends who will commit to losing weight with you. Committing to a goal together keeps you accountable. If you want to take it one step farther, commit to checking in with each other once a week to compare progress photos and see how well each of you stuck to your nutrition and workout plans for the week.
5. Ask for Help. We all tend to think we can accomplish things solo. Let me tell you, it’s SO much easier when you ask people for help. You are most likely not an expert at working out or dieting, and unless you are doing hours of research every day, you probably won’t be. It can definitely be intimidating to walk up to someone at the gym, so try reaching out to someone you admire on social media or someone you know personally who has some experience. All fit people were unfit once – they know where you’re coming from and are usually very willing to give advice!
So there you have it. These are the top five methods that I continue to use to reach my fitness and weight loss goals. The only caveat would be that while it is important to set a completion date for your weight loss goal, especially if you’re first getting started, you have to remember that a healthy lifestyle (which includes but is not limited to weight loss) is a journey. The body of your dreams and your health is built by little steps you take each day, that add up to something great over time.
Is there anything else you all would add to this list? What are your fitness resolutions? Let me know in the comments below!