Staying the Course!
It’s January and like many, there are resolutions of weight loss and fitness goals.
I myself, do not make New Year’s resolutions. Of course, the goal is to do and be better than the year before, but why wait till January 1st to do it? Let’s face it, staying on top of our weight loss and fitness goals can be challenging. You must be consistent, motivated and focused. With so many stressful obstacles ahead, we often, veer off course. Once your off course, you head down a path of self-destruction. Any progress made is lost (meaning weight gained) and our moral starts to decline. Then it’s back to square one.
The question I get from many of my clients is; how do I stay on course? While, I understand it’s not easy, I do believe that if properly educated and equipped, we have a better chance, at staying on our weight loss, fitness or healthier lifestyle goals.
Ask yourself these questions:
What is my goal? (Both short and long term) When do I want to achieve these goals by?
Am I ready?
What are my strengths and weaknesses?
Who or what, can I look to, to keep me accountable? (Family member, friend, trainer, nutritionist inspirational books, post, groups, social media or all.)
Once you have answered these questions, you can start to formulate a plan to keep yourself on track.
Think of it this way, eating better and making healthier choices, not only helps you lose weight but it’s better for your overall health. Diabetes, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, heart disease and certain cancers are directly linked to the unhealthy foods we eat. These should be a reasons, to stay on course!
Looking and feeling good, is a huge for our self esteem and moral. Which is another reason for staying the course.
New Year’s resolutions shouldn’t last 4-6 weeks. They should be worked on every day, every week, every month, twenty-four hours a day and 7 days a week. Stay the course by eating better, don’t over indulge but don’t begrudge yourself! Balance is key! Make smarter snacking choices. Instead of chips, grab a handful of almonds. Go for a walk if you’re feeling stressed or too tired for a heavy-duty workout. Get more sleep! When we’re tired, we tend to make more bad choices because it’s “easier”.
Get an accountability partner. Keep each other on track. My suggestion would be, to partner up with someone with more willpower and determination. If you both have trouble with staying consistent, it will prove to be detrimental rather than helpful.
Working a lot? Can’t make it to the gym? Stay focused on what you’re eating! Plan and prep your healthy meals and portion control. Stay focused on what you’re eating and take walking breaks at work.
It can be done, and you can do it. Once you’re on course for a period of time, you will start to reap the benefits of living a healthier lifestyle and will be rewarded with weight loss. Before you know it, you’ll be cruising the course instead of crashing on it!