Happy New Year, friends!
It’s a time for a fresh slate and new beginnings. It’s a time for setting new goals and accomplishing new things. It’s time for all of those weight loss resolutions. You know… The ones you only stick to until maybe the end of January.
At the beginning of the year we have our minds set to do things different this year. But as the weeks roll around, we lose all motivation.
Let’s make this year different!
Here are some tips to keep your motivation throughout the whole year.
- Do not “Diet.”
The word diet usually leads to failure. If we “diet” we know it is only for a limited time, and then we never stick to it. Tell yourself (and others) you are just making better choices. Stay away from fad diets. Just stick to eating healthier foods in smaller portions.
- Make a goal list.
Physically write down a goal list, and put that list somewhere that you will see it daily. There is something about putting a goal on paper that makes it stick a little better.
- Stick to smaller goals.
Do not give yourself big goals, such as “I will lose 50 pounds this year.” When we do this, we focus on how big the task is and eventually give up. Instead, give yourself daily or weekly goals, such as “I will make better food choices each day” or “I will exercise 4-5 times every week.”
- Don’t weigh every day.
The scale is one of our biggest enemies. Weight can change so much in a day depending on what we eat and drink, our bodily functions, etc. Stick to weighing only once a week. Focus more on your measurements, how your clothes fit, and how you feel.
- Compete with yourself.
Competing with others is a sure way to fail. Competing with yourself, on the other hand, is a great way to stay motivated. When each day you try to do better than the day before, it gives you a great sense of accomplishment.
- Enjoy exercise.
Find an exercise that you enjoy, that way you are more likely to stick to it. And choose to exercise for all of its benefits: stress relief, endorphins, etc. Make it fun.
- Find a workout buddy
When we have a workout buddy (or a few) we are more likely not to make up excuses. It also makes it far more enjoyable.
- Eat for nourishment.
Ask yourself two questions. 1. Why do I eat? 2. Why do I choose the foods that I do? Then begin to turn your mind around. Start to choose foods that nourish your body, instead of what is quick and easy, or what fills a momentary void.
- Keep a food journal.
Many times we have no idea what all we have eaten in a day. Keep a log of everything you eat (either on paper or with an app). This will help you to make better choices.
And of course, feel free to contact me for more personalized help.
With just a few small changes we can increase our chances of sticking to those New Years Resolutions. Let’s make this year our healthiest year yet!