Sticking to That Weight Loss Resolution
It’s that time of year again…New Year’s Resolution time. If you are like many people in the world, your resolution every year includes some sort of weight loss. And, if you are like the majority of those people, you have lost that motivation and resolve very early in your attempt.
There are ways in which you can stick to your resolution and see real results throughout the year.
#1 Get your physician involved.
Make an appointment with your doctor and discuss your goals with him/her. Your physician may have some valuable advice and tips that will help to guide you through your quest. It’s always good to have a complete physical before beginning any weight loss and fitness program, so get your doctor’s blessing as well as advice.
#2 Make a plan.
Take some time to write down your goals. Add a fitness plan to your goals of dieting, as that will help you to reach your desired weight. Set dates for yourself, write down guidelines. Plan on deadlines and benchmarks and how long it should take you to meet them. Be sure that your expectations are realistic and reasonable. Also, it is a good idea to only have one major resolution at a time. Too many changes will weaken your resolve and exhaust you. Being discouraged will only lead you to give up more easily.
#3 Set Mini-goals.
Break your goal into small, manageable parts. Rather than making a lofty and broad resolution such as, “I resolve to lose 100 pounds this year,” divide the year up into parts and plan on reaching smaller goals within those shorter time periods.
#4 Prepare yourself psychologically.
Gear up for your resolution. Make grocery lists and schedules. Remove any temptations from the kitchen. Decide exactly what day you will begin your plan and stick to that date. If you are mentally prepared, your motivation will be much higher.
#5 Have your goals visible.
Make signs or posters with your goals written in bright letters. Motivational sayings posted around in strategic places will strengthen your resolve.
#6 Get support.
Involve your family and friends. Let them know what your plans are and why you have made these resolutions. Make sure that they understand not only how they can help support you, but also the things they might do that will create obstacles for you. Often they wouldn’t otherwise realize that they are creating roadblocks. You can also join a support group. Often sticking to a plan is easier when you aren’t the only one trying to reach a goal.
#7 Photograph yourself weekly or biweekly.
Having visual proof of your progress can be immensely satisfying and motivating for you.
#8 Don’t give up.
If you find yourself getting overwhelmed, rethink your strategy. It may be that the goals you have set are unrealistic or too lofty. You may need to break it down into even smaller increments. If you slip up, don’t punish yourself too much. Pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and start again.
# 9 Reward yourself.
Once you reach a mini-goal or benchmark, treat yourself with something special. Go buy yourself a new outfit, treat yourself to a movie, or have a spa day. Just don’t make your reward food oriented! Celebrate your achievements.
Making New Year’s Resolutions is easy. Sticking to them is not so much. Following these simple tips and being kind to yourself will make your journey a much more enjoyable experience, and you will be much more likely to succeed. Remember if you need help keeping your resolution to lose weight try our Phentermine replacement Phentramin-D