What was your New Years resolution this year? I’m sure it comes as no surprise that losing weight still one of the top resolutions people make.
Truth be told, these resolutions don’t ever seem to stick. People try for a few weeks, or maybe even a few months, but then life gets in the way.
We hear it all the time, so many people would like to live a little healthier but it just doesn’t seem feasible in their life.
I challenge you this, WHY? or perhaps WHY NOT?, is the better question..
I feel as though a lot of people believe eating well, exercising regularly, and just living a healthy lifestyle in general is an ever-unreachable treasure on the horizon, we look to it, only to watch it fade further into the distance. They have seen others accomplish it, but no, they’ll never be able to do the same.
Part of the problem is that we come from a time of instant gratification. I want a nice meal, pop it in the microwave, I want to lose weight, take a pill, have surgery, or drink some weird juice for 2 weeks. The technological advances in today’s world mean we don’t have to work as hard, a lot has become instantaneous and the sweat and grit that it takes to accomplish something is fading.
It seems people have forgotten how to work and fail, and work some more, until they eventually succeed. It’s not about getting it perfect the first try. It’s about setting small goals, manageable goals that add up to you big goal.
1) Break your goals up into manageable pieces.
Let’s say you want to lose 50 lbs and well, that seems like a big number right?
Not if you break it down. Instead of looking at the big number, 50 lbs, make your goal to lose 6 lbs per month. Now that’s not so bad. 6 lbs?? I can do that! Then next month do it again, and the month after that. Now, 3 months later, you’ve lost almost 20 lbs! And I bet that your clothes are fitting looser, and your beginning to tone up and you can notice a difference in the mirror. Let’s assess your outlook on your journey to lose 50 lbs. I bet you’re a little more optimistic now and you’re only 3 months in. It all started with SMALL GOALS! I believe most people fail because they are intimidated by the “BIG number” or the BIG picture! Once you establish and acknowledge the end goal, TAKE YOUR FOCUS OFF OF IT for a little while and focus on the small ones. You can and should, check in with your big goal every once in a while, make sure it’s still there, let ‘em know you’ll be there soon! Don’t lose sight of your ultimate goal by any means, but don’t let the journey to your end goal scare you.
2) Take it slow.
Want to improve your diet? Don’t all of a sudden throw out your entire refrigerator and fill a brand new one with bean sprouts and celery sticks like it’s going to do you any good. That seriously doesn’t sound appealing :-/ and not to mention, you just threw out a perfectly good refrigerator…
If you eat a lot of candy during the day, maybe only eat 1 chocolate bar instead of 3. Replace those 2 with something else that you like. Pick your favorite fruit and eat that instead. If you eat a lot of take out, start by replacing 1 meal with something you bring from home, or something that you buy that is “whole” and by that I mean something unprocessed, not found in a vacuum sealed or airtight plastic bag. With that being said, don’t eat something you hate just because you think it’s the right thing to do, that will never work and you probably wont stick to it for very long.
So what was my approach? Well I sort of went about it by food group. I started by cutting out dairy. I actually did this in part to see if it would clear up my skin during my acne days, but that’s another story. Next, I significantly minimized refined starches and sugars, essentially anything that was not whole wheat/grain. From then on, I made little tweaks along the way, adding this, subtracting that. I won’t blab on.. (too late :-)) but you get the idea; baby steps and every little bit counts!
3) It’s okay to fail, as long as you keep pushing.
I love the saying:
“No matter how slow you run, you’re lapping the guy on the couch.”
It is so true and motivational.
Remember: NO ONE SAID FAILING WAS AGAINST THE RULES!! Fail as many times as you need to until you SUCCEED, don’t be so hard on yourself, but still PUSH yourself. I always tell people who are trying to stick to a workout plan, you know when you are just being lazy and when you truly need a day off, pay attention to the difference. Talk to yourself, there are days when I really don’t feel like working out, but I just give myself a mini pep talk and get it done. One workout at a time.
3) Tailor your journey to…you!
My last piece of advice is to do what works for you! What works for someone else may not work for you. Find what you enjoy and stick to it, but the only way to learn this is through trial and error, don’t quit because you were dissatisfied with something, keep searching and striving until you are satisfied and have found what works!
I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter. Is your new years resolution to lose weight or get fit? COMMENT BELOW! 🙂