10 Jan What’s your Plan?
The New Year brings on a resolve to do better in so many areas of our life. Improved Health and Fitness is usually at the top of our list of resolutions. Unfortunately for many of us, that’s as far as we go. We “resolve to do better”. So, for a couple of days we eat more veggies and drink more water and we go to the gym, then something happens that throws us off course, and we’re right back in the midst of our bad habits.
We’ve all heard the adage “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. That is such a true statement when it comes to improving our health and losing weight. I had to laugh the other day when I read a Facebook post by a friend. She mentioned that she needs to lose 40 pounds before June and asked for ideas on how to do it. Some of the comments were quite funny. One person said to cut out soda, another mentioned juicing – at least for breakfast. I’m just wondering where this friend will be at the turn of the next year if she doesn’t put some sort of detailed plan into action.
Here are some tips for weight loss that I’ve found to be very helpful.
– Write down your goal!! If you don’t write it down and have it visible, it’s just a wish. Be realistic and give yourself a specific time frame where you are going to be good as gold.
– Don’t give yourself permission to cheat. If you cheat once – it will be easier to cheat again
– Be specific about the foods you will or will not eat (I won’t eat sugar doesn’t really work because there are LOTS of foods that do the same thing inside your body that sugar does – even if they don’t taste sweet)
– Be accountable. Track your food and your weight and report it to someone who will hold you accountable.
– Nothing tastes as good as thin feels. When you let yourself have that food you’ve been dying for, just realize that it doesn’t taste near as good as you remember it being, and it takes a whole lot of work to get rid of it.
There is so much to be said for joining a program like Prolean Wellness that has specific guidelines in place – especially because we work to customize a program based on your specific needs – rather than a one-size-fits-all approach you might read about or hear about from a friend. But…whatever you do…make sure you have a plan in place so that next year, your resolution can be to run a triathlon, or hike the Grand Canyon, not another year of resolving to lose 40 pounds.