Keeping the Weight Off

Every year millions of Americans pledge to start the new year off right by making New Year’s resolutions. We get all motivated, buy a year-long gym membership, and work out hard for anywhere from 1 day to 6 weeks, then something happens, and we often go back to our old ways. Why does this happen year after year?

1)   Ask Why before What – before you decide what you need to do to lose weight, ask yourself why you need to do it. The why is the inspiration that will turn your goal from something you want to do into something you are committed to do. Some good Why’s are: I’m going to lose weight so I can be around for my daughters wedding. I’m going to be committed to exercising 3x a week so I can take my grandkids to the beach. I am going to stay fit so I can do the hobbies I love, like golfing, at 85 years old instead of being dependant on others. So write down your Why’s.  Then it’s time for the What.

2)   Have a Plan – this is what you’re going to do to achieve your goals. In order to lose 10lbs I am going to exercise 3x a week for 30 minutes, doing 20 minutes of weights and 10 minutes of high intensity activity. I am going to follow a certain eating plan and have two vacations meals a week so I don’t break down.

3)   Get a Partner or join a group – We are meant to go through life together, so joining a health community and having someone you respect hold you accountable is key.

4)   Write Down your Why’s, Goals, and Plan and then post them somewhere you can see daily. Putting it up on your bathroom mirror is a great place to start.

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