4 Ways to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolution
If your New Year’s resolutions include losing weight, you probably know from prior experience the challenges you will face. While the goal may seem daunting, you can achieve it and live a healthier life. Whether your goal is to lose ten pounds or one hundred, here are some tips to help you succeed.
1. Put It In Writing – No one quite knows why, but there is something magical about writing out your goals, and your first step to weight loss success is to document your resolution to lose the weight. Be very specific with your goal by detailing exactly the amount of weight you want to lose and the date you want to achieve it by. Specific details define your destination so you know where you are going on your journey.
2. Know Why You Want to Lose Weight – While you are writing out your weight loss goal, make sure to clearly state the reason you are finally ready to succeed. Is your health in danger? Are you tired of watching your kids have fun and not being able to join in? Are you sick of shopping in the plus sizes? Whatever your reason, the more emotional and personal you make it and the stronger your desire will be to succeed.
3. Prepare For Setbacks – While you are defining your resolution and the reasons you are finally ready to conquer your weight, take the time to identify the challenges you will have to overcome to achieve your resolution. Plan in advance to fight the temptations that will come. For example, if you know it will be tough to say no to the large tub of buttered popcorn at the movies, prepare for the test by eating a healthy snack to curb your appetite before you go or bring only enough cash to purchase the small size popcorn. If you prepare for the threats to your success in advance and plan your countermove, you can be more confident that you will be able to meet any challenge that comes your way.
4. Assess Your Success – Record and track your weight loss progress. In addition to pounds lost, make sure to assess your energy level, how you feel, and how your clothing is fitting. Celebrate your achievements and recognize where you can improve. In addition, re-affirm why you wanted to lose weight in the first place. Use the results of your evaluation to adjust your goal if necessary and plan your next day, week, or month.
Finally, be patient with the process. The weight didn’t go on overnight and it will take the time to come off. Be persistent, and you will find that this time next year you will be a slimmer, healthier you.