Did you make a resolution to get fit, lose weight or eat healthy in 2015? If you’re like us, you’ve already started bouncing back to old behaviors like sitting on the couch and eating potato chips while watching reruns of The Biggest Loser.
At the same time, you know that your goals are important but you just don’t know what to do to reach them. So you just keep on doing what you’re doing instead. Well, we have some suggestions that will change your resolutions into results:
Prepare Instead of Promise
The most critical part of weight loss is preparation. And if you start a weight loss program without proper preparation, you’ve made an empty promise that has no chance of succeeding—a resolution.
So, what does preparation look like? Creating a weight loss plan that works for you, strategizing how to eat real food instead of crap and drink lots of water, planning more activity into your day and tracking your diet and exercise in a fitness journal.
Permission Instead of Put-Downs
One of the biggest things you’ll need to be prepared to do is give yourself permission to be human rather than put yourself down when you don’t execute your weight loss plan perfectly. We all slip, but in order to succeed, you must learn from your mistakes and stick to your plan. Saying f–ck it is not an option. You’re not perfect and your efforts won’t be perfect, either. Letting yourself off the hook is one of the best things you can do to stay on track.
Progress Instead of Performance
This is a biggie. It’s really critical to your success that you focus on progress rather than an isolated performance. Huh? Here are some examples:
Performance: Getting down on yourself because you can’t run a 12-minute mile today.
Progress: Create a training plan that will help you reach that 12-minute mile over time.
Performance: Feeling frustrated because you only lost a pound this week.
Progress: Recognize that a pound a week becomes substantial over a few months.
Performance: Freaking out because your weight is higher today than yesterday.
Progress: Understanding that weight fluctuates daily for a variety of reasons and you must look at the numbers over time to truly measure how your program is working.
Power Instead of Pardon
Put power behind your words and do what you say you’re going to do instead of pardoning your unwanted behavior with lame excuses. You are worth the effort and your health is worth the commitment. There’s power in honoring those things and you deserve to feel it.
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