Another year, and another resolution to get fit? Believe it or not, I don’t really like resolutions. I mean, why wait until January to start on a new goal? The minute you decide on a new goal, you should immediately begin taking steps to achieve that goal. But the start of a new year is as good of a time as any to start fresh, so let’s focus on what actually works for weight loss, health and fitness resolutions and how we can get that resolution to stick for a lifetime.
|What doesn’t work (Not realistic)||Works! (Realistic)|
|I am going to lose weight this year||I will keep an exercise and diet journal for at least one month|
|I am going to exercise 6 days per week starting Jan. 1st!||I am going to schedule workouts and treat them like very important appointments I must work around|
|I will eat healthier||I will spend time each weekend preparing a meal plan and grocery list for the week.|
|I am going to do a “cleanse” or “detox” to lose weight||I will eat healthy balanced meals and focus on “clean” foods and avoid processed foods|
|will banish all my favorite sweets and high calories foods from my life||I will allow myself to eat my favorite foods once per week.. and enjoy it!|
I always recommend small goals, and if you must, smaller resolutions. Decide on resolutions that promote a specific action! Instead of resolving to “lose weight,” “get fit” or “get healthier” start with the basics and resolve to be more committed to yourself and your goals and consistent with your actions. Then work out a plan to do so and focus on the actions and new habits necessary to achieving your personal fitness goals!
Remember, creating that New Year’s Resolution to lose weight or get fit is only the first step of your commitment to improving your fitness level! Words are easy, daily actions are challenging. Buddy up with a friend or join a program to stay accountable for those actions.
Your commitment to yourself will be tested almost daily….like bad days at work, your kids’ schedule, traveling, days that are too hot, too cold, etc… But by staying committed and consistent with your actions like the ones above, you will create lifelong habits and you may actually not need to make a personal fitness resolution ever again!
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