Stick With Your New Year’s Resolution To Lose Weight and Feel Great
And 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… “Happy New Year!” It’s right around the corner. Most of us want to start off a new year on a positive note and for a lot of us, that means we want to look and feel our best. This is why I believe that one of the biggest New Year’s resolutions around the world is to lose weight, get fit and/or get healthy.
Every year, we swear to ourselves that this will be the year that we will accomplish those goals. January is usually the month where the gyms are packed to the brim. People are filled with lots of motivation. But for some reason, come February, things change. People lose their enthusiasm to reach their goals. They tell themselves that they should go to the gym, but they can’t get themselves to make it there. They grab unhealthy food, feeling guilty and announce to others that they are “being bad” by eating it.
Does any of this sound familiar? Believe me, I understand because I have been there. You are reading this post for a reason. You desperately want this year to be different! You want to be successful! And all the power you need to succeed is within you. My suggestions are short and simple and I hope they can serve as a guide to carry you into the New Year with confidence.
First and foremost, you have to change your mindset. Rome wasn’t built in a day and your weight loss goals likely won’t be achieved in a month. It will take time to lose weight, get fit and/or acquire a healthy eating lifestyle. Change takes hard work and habits take time so don’t get discouraged if you have been to the gym for 4 days straight and haven’t lost a pound. Remember, your body is adjusting to your new activities. Remind yourself that it will take time and that you and your body are making these adjustments together. You’re worth it!
Second, write down your goals and post them somewhere you will see them every day. I like using visual aids to help remind me of my goals. One of my “go to” visuals is using a diagram of a pyramid. First, I draw large pyramid to fill a whole piece of paper with lines to make sections. I start off by writing down my ultimate goal at the top of the pyramid. Then, I begin to fill in the sections from the bottom up. Those sections list the daily changes/activities I need to make in order to reach my goal. I make sure to tape this paper in a place where I’m going to see it every day. Find some positive quotes that support your goal to help you stay on track. I like to save posts I find on Facebook to my phone and then post them on my Instagram account to look at when I need that little bit of motivation.
Third, follow through with the goals you set. I know that’s easier said than done, but it doesn’t have to be. Find a way to stick to your goals as closely as possible. If you can’t get to the gym, close the door to your office and run in place or park farther than usual when you go to a store. Instead of meeting a friend for dinner, meet at the mall and power-walk the mall together while chatting. On the days you don’t want to hit the gym, remind yourself you will never regret going – but will almost always regret not going! Change your mindset, change your life. A thinner, healthier lifestyle should not be thought of as a diet or punishment. You are changing the way you live because you want to and because you deserve to have it all. Remember, you are choosing these goals for yourself and your family because you want to be healthy, feel stronger, and have more energy to enjoy life! These are YOUR goals. And you are worth the time and effort it takes to achieve them.
Doris Dahdouh has a Master’s Degree in social work and has helped counsel children and help families since 2001. In 2012, she became very ill due to a hormonal imbalance and autoimmune disorder. Doris was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) many years ago and was treated with mainstream medicine which did not help her. She hit rock bottom before finding refuge in holistic living, by juicing, going gluten free and eating clean, organic, whole foods. Over the past couple of years, Doris has educated herself on a healthy lifestyle by reading information by Dr. Joel Furhman, Drew Canole, Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Josh Axe, Vani Hari (a.k.a. Food Babe) and more.
Doris is enrolled to become a certified health coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is very excited to help others achieve their best by combining her psychoanalytic skills and what she hopes to learn in the health coaching certification program. With a heart for others, she is eager to continue assisting as many people as possible towards optimal health.
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