On new year’s eve 2016, I made a resolution to shed off some pounds and start living a clean lifestyle. I went off into 2017 and lived my life the EXACT OPPOSITE. By end of the year 2017, I found myself in a nostalgic moment, making the very same resolution I made the previous year and a few pounds heavier. There was a huge difference this time though; I had a plan and a steel will to see it through. For past few weeks into the new year, it has been working like a charm for me. If you are like me, you lose interest in things that you consider a bother to you pretty fast. That is why in this article, I share with you some tips on how to stick to your new year’s weight loss resolution and find that elusive happiness your body craves.
Understand why you set the new year’s weight loss resolution and your journey to this decision
Ask yourself this question: Why do you want to lose weight? Is there a specific purpose for the decision?
I know that people who want to lose weight so that they can be healthy and regain their vitality are many. I fall into this docket as well. There could be other people who seek to lose weight for a myriad of reasons.
For instance, to fit into that sexy bikini and show off some curves, a model looking to score a contract, doctor advising you to lose weight or risk dropping dead in the middle of Interstate 90, wanting to look more attractive to your spouse et cetera. The reasons are many…you get my point.
Each reason offers a different motivation to lose weight.
Whatever the reason, losing weight could be one of the best decisions you will make this year.
Ask yourself why you were not able to maintain the resolution in the past. Is it because of bad company? Poor discipline? Lack of motivation? No one to push you?
Set smart and attainable goals
I hear some of my friends say, ‘dude, I will drop 50 pounds in the next two weeks if I hit the gym hard.’ Well, that could happen- In Mars where there is no gravity [wp-svg-icons icon=”cool-2″ wrap=”i”]. Or through a surgical procedure.
The goals you set have to be REALISTIC and achievable. If you set unattainable goals, you are already setting yourself up to fail and within no time you will be heading back to eating all sorts of junk food and claiming that all those weight loss programs do not work and are not worth your time and money.
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Remember when you were in school and your teacher kept telling you to set SMART goals in life? deja vu! I tell you the same here.
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An example would be ; I will have dropped 30 pounds within 3 months of clean eating.
That is a realistic goal, not too ambitious but not too lazy either.
Find a supportive forum or community online
Seek out other people who have also set the same goal as you have and engage. Its better to walk this journey with others. Learning about other people’s struggles and triumphs will motivate you to stick to your resolution.
You can discuss, exchange ideas, photos and even strategies on how you will crawl through all this madness and make it to the end of the year.
You may join Quora and ask any kind of question you wish there. You will be surprised at how supportive people can be.
Create a cheat day but eat in moderation
Losing weigh might mean you need to sacrifice or tone down on gobbling some of your favorite foods. Most of these foods are delicious junk (God, why do they make junk food so delicious?!).
The good news is, you do not have to COMPLETELY give up on the foods you love even if they are not friendly to your waist line. By creating a cheat day, you will be able to eat some of these foods to keep the body (more like your soul) happy.
Just be careful and ensure you eat in moderation to prevent loading back all the pounds you may have lost that week. It will be like taking two steps forward and two steps back (You know, like the tango?).
If you would like more information on how to create the optimal cheat day, click here.
Drink lots of water
Drink some water, and then some more. Water delivers a truckload of benefits to your body. You know that already. Endeavor to drink up to 8 glasses of water a day to keep your system hydrated.
You may infuse the water with fruits such as oranges or peach if it helps. Your new year’s weight loss resolution will not be a success if you keep water at bay.
Be active or hit the gym if you may
Being and staying active is a great motivator for weight loss. This year, ensure that you are somewhat active. Hit the gym if you like but if not, then find some activities to keep yourself moving.
Ditch the elevator and discover why stairs were built, take a walk in the morning before breakfast, or in the afternoon before lunch, buy a skipping rope and do some cardio, wear those sneakers and run a few blocks in the neighborhood.
Whatever you decide to do, the choice is yours. Just stay active!
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Understand that it might not be as easy as you think
Losing weight is not an easy task. It can be frustrating. Believe me, I have tried. However, it is not an impossible task either. When embarking on this journey, you will need to understand that it will be stressful at times. You will lose the motivation at some point and start questioning the validity or importance of sticking to your new year’s weight loss resolution.
It is important that you keep pushing on because good things do not come easy.
If you do not give up on your new year’s weight loss resolution, you will be able to see positive results after sometime.
Making a resolution to lose weight is an easy task but ACTUALLY losing the weight is not easy. It requires some strategies to keep your eyes on the prize.
I will be talking about the journey here and I implore you to share your stories and tell us about the programs or meal plans that you thought worked fine for you.
Let’s get together and lose some weight this year, shall we?