New Year’s Resolutions: Weight Loss
by Shelley Langenhorst
One of the top New Year’s Resolutions is weight-loss. And it is often one that we carry over from year-to-year as it is the most difficult to stick to. This year, follow these simple tips that can help make your weight-loss goals a reality.
Choose an attainable goal
Instead of choosing just to “lose weight” this New Year, make sure you specify how much and by when. Remember, a healthy amount of weight to lose is about 2 pounds per week so resist the urge to have a goal of 20 pounds by February.
Weight-loss and healthy living are lifestyle choices and that it can and will take longer than expected to lose weight (especially if you want to keep it off). Once you’ve narrowed down your overall goal, break it down by months and weeks. It’s much easier to focus on losing 1 pound per week for 6 months than it is to think about losing 25 pounds.
There are many different forms of accountability that you can use to help stay on track. Enlist a weight-loss buddy in your family or circle of friends. Find someone at work that you can lean on when the weekly meeting is filled with donuts and cookies.
There are also many forums online that you can use to find a support group of people with the same goal. Check out SparkPeople.com, MyFitnessPal.com, or FitDay.com. On these sites you can log in your food and exercise information and connect with others who know what you’re going through.
But not with food! It’s easy to think “I’ve been so good this week, I’m going to have pizza and ice cream” but instead of using your favorite foods as a reward, do something to pamper yourself. Write it all down in your journal at the beginning of your weight-loss journey so you know what to look forward to.
Promise yourself a pedicure after five pounds, facial after ten, and a massage after twenty. Or consider buying yourself new workout clothes or even a trip when you hit your big goal. Whatever it is, make sure you really enjoy it so you will be motivated to stick to your plan.
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