Thanksgiving came and went. At the time I’m sitting down to write this, Christmas is just around the corner. The reality of holiday weight gain has already started to set in. Now’s the time of year when everyone is thinking about their New Year’s Resolutions. Two of the most popular that come to mind are:
1. Lose weight.
2. Exercise more.
But, just like most people who start P90X quit after 2 weeks, most people who make a New Year’s Resolution will join a gym and go at it pretty strong for a few weeks, or maybe even a few months.
But then life gets in the way. People get busy. Jobs get more stressful. Summer vacations start happening even before we can say “Beachbody.” You cancel your gym membership and decide to go on a … dare I say the dreaded word?
Ugh. It sounds so depressing, doesn’t it? Who wants to go on a diet? First of all, diets. don’t. work. If you’ve ever dieted, lost some weight and then gained it all right back (and then some) when you stopped, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. As a matter of fact, if that’s you, then let me know by liking this post and leaving a comment. 😉
If you’re finding yourself making and breaking the same New Years Resolutions every year, then here are 5 tips to help you break that cycle and keep your New Years Resolutions in 2013.
1. Set a specific goal to beat holiday weight gain.
“Lose weight” is not specific. Neither is “exercise more.” How much weight do you want to lose? How often would you like to exercise? How many days a week and what time of day do you plan to go to the gym? When you make your resolution, be as specific as possible. Instead of “losing weight,” you’re going to “lose 30 pounds in less than 3 months by being active at your local YMCA at least 4 nights a week.”
2. Choose a partner who will hold you accountable.
A goal is much easier to achieve when you’re not doing it alone.
“A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” – Ecc. 4:12
Think about it. When you’re you’re trying to eat healthier, and all of your friends are constantly inviting you out to eat fast food with them, or go to some party where lots of unhealthy treats will be served, what are you most likely to do? Stay inside and be a hermit with your healthy foods? No! No one wants to do this alone, and if you don’t have a partner to help you through it and hold you accountable, you’re more likely to cheat or give up.
3. Track your progress toward your weight loss goal.
When my clients first begin a weight loss program, I tell them to measure their weight and their inches and take before-and-after pictures. I know they’re going to get results and I want to be able to celebrate with them when they do. Plus, they can show off those before and after pictures and use them as a testimony to inspired others, so it’s really a win-win for everyone. Tracking your progress keeps you motivated, so that you’re less likely to quit.
4. Reward yourself for losing weight.
When you start seeing results, make sure you reward yourself with something tangible. Whether it’s a pat on the back, an ice cream cone, or tickets to a concert, do it. Try to keep it on the healthy side though. You don’t want to gain all that weight back just as fast as you lost it, so avoid processed foods.
5. Create reminders.
Write down your goal and put it somewhere where you can see it every day. When things get tough, look at that before picture and remind yourself why you made this decision. Isagenix makes it really easy to lose weight fast — you get to eat chocolate and normal food when you’re on our program — but if you’re on a diet plan that requires you to starve yourself for weeks or eat food you hate, then you might find things a bit more difficult. Don’t let the challenge sway you from meeting your goal.
Bonus tip: Once you meet your goal, don’t stop! So many people lose weight and go right back into their old habits. If you found a program that works for you, then stick to it. That’s how you not only lose weight, but keep it off, too.
Don’t let holiday weight gain get the best of you. Contact me, and I’ll help you find a solution that works for you!