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Weight Loss Resolutions: Redefining Your Goals

This probably isn’t a huge shocker, but two of the top 3 New Year’s resolutions for 2019 were to eat healthier and get more exercise (in an effort to lose weight). While many people made this resolution – probably with lots of good intentions – research shows that only 8 percent will actually be successful and that around 80 percent of those resolutions will fail as soon as the second week of February! Those aren’t numbers you want to write home about and we want to prevent you from becoming one of them.

If you’re at the point in the New Year where you’re starting to fall off the New Year’s resolution wagon, we want to help pick you back up. Our success depends widely on YOUR success and, more than anything, we really want you to be successful. That’s why we’re giving you some tips to help you re-evaluate your resolutions so you can reach those goals.

Get Specific

“Eat healthier” and “get exercise” may among the most popular resolutions of the year, but they’re just not specific enough. Telling yourself that you’re going to eat healthy or exercise more without providing any real plan sets you up for failure because it’s too broad. Instead of saying “I’m going to eat healthier” say something like “I’m not going to eat potato chips or dessert for the next 6 months”. Giving yourself a tangible, small goals that will lead to your large goal is more effective than just making a general statement. If you said you were going to eat healthier or exercise more, think about HOW you will do that and map out that plan.

Re-assess Your Resolutions

While we love ambition, getting a little too ambitious with your resolutions can set you up for failure. Telling yourself that you’re going to lose 20 pounds every month for the next 6 months just isn’t realistic – and that can take a toll on you. Sit down and re-assess your resolution. Is it realistic? If not, change it to make it more do-able for you. Remember, that an average person loses 1-2 pounds per week, which translates to 4-8 pounds per month. Base your goals on those numbers. That way, anything more will just be a bonus.

Give Yourself a Visual

The scale is a good way to keep yourself accountable, but it’s easy to stop weighing yourself when you feel like you’re getting off track. Instead of relying on yourself to step on that scale every day, make a visual. We like the idea of two jars and some marbles or decorative glass stones. Mark one jar “pounds I have to lose” and another jar “pounds I’ve lost”. As you lose weight, physically move one marble or stone from the pounds I have to lose jar and put it in the pounds I’ve lost jar. If you gain weight back, you have to move the marble/stone back. Having a visual that you can see every day is a great way to keep you on track and accountable.

Believe You Can Do It

Unfortunately, negative self-talk is the way of the world, but try to avoid falling into that pattern. If you don’t believe in yourself, who will? There’s a quote by Henry Ford that says “whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right”. Your attitude has a LOT of impact on your success, so always believe in yourself, even if you gain a couple pounds back. You CAN lose weight and you CAN keep it off.

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New Year’s Resolution: Tips to Make It Last

Ahh, the New Year is quickly approaching and you know what that means – it’s time for a New Year resolution! A lot of people poke fun at the New Year’s Resolution because many tend to throw in the towel on their resolutions before January even ends.

Well, if that sounds like you, we’re here to help you make your resolution last. In addition to following the tips listed below, keep in mind that it generally takes at least 3 weeks – 21 days – to change or make a habit. Of course, change is going to be uncomfortable at first, but stick with it! Whether your goal is to slim down, save money, or spend less time watching TV, you can do it!

How to Make Your New Year’s Resolution Last:

Choose something that YOU want.

Make your resolution truly about you. Think of something that you want to accomplish for yourself, rather than for your friends, family, or a significant other and stick to that.

Be realistic.

Resolving to do something completely unattainable is a recipe for disaster. If you say that you’re not going to eat chocolate for the whole year or that you’re going to work out for 2 hours each day every day, you’re essentially setting yourself up for failure. Instead, make realistic resolutions. If you eat chocolate 3 times a week now, resolve to cut that down to one. If you don’t work out at all, make it a point to work out 3 times a week and work your way up from there.

Focus on one New Year’s resolution; and be specific.

Some people get so excited and caught up in the “New Year, New You” mentality that they go overboard on the resolutions. Instead of vowing to change everything that you’re doing “wrong”, stick to one resolution and make it specific. Don’t say “I’m going to lose weight” or “I’m going to eat better”. Instead, say “I’m going to lose 12 pounds” or “I’m going to cover at least half of my plate in vegetables at every meal”. Committing to more than one thing can be overwhelming and make it more likely that you’ll quit before the year’s end.

Tell people.

Letting your friends and family in on your resolution has two benefits. First, when you feel like you have something to “prove” to others, you generally try harder to make it work. Second, when the supportive people in your life know you have a goal, they help keep you on track. For example, if your best friend knows you’re trying to avoid chocolate, she’s not going to bring over a chocolate bar on girls’ night.

Write it down.

In addition to telling people your resolution, write it down. If you can, keep it somewhere visible so it serves as a positive reminder every day.

Make a plan.

Instead of going into your resolution blindly, make a plan to accomplish your goals. If your goal is to lose 12 pounds, write down exactly how you’re going to accomplish that. If your goal is to save money, choose a specific amount and decide how much you can afford to put aside each day to reach that goal.

Celebrate small victories.

Sure, the ultimate goal is to accomplish what you set out to do, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate small victories along the way. Celebrate every half pound you lose or every dollar you save. Celebrate every time you choose broccoli over a potato or you skip the chocolate. Rewarding yourself with positive self-talk along the way will help you stick to your goals.

Have fun.

Life is meant to be enjoyed. There are times during the year when you’re bound to veer away from your New Year’s resolution, but you know what? That’s okay. Laugh about it instead of beating yourself up and get right back on track. Nobody’s perfect. As long as you accept that you’re going to slip up once in a while, you’re doing just fine.