by Rebecca Douglas
This is the time of year when we embark on the annual freak-out tradition. In the waning months of the past year, we’ve abandoned our self care regimen, let clean eating habits get overrun by grandma’s cookies and of course the inevitable shaming and blaming that compound the bad food choices and behaviors.
And then the ridiculous promises we make to ourselves…. “I’m going to lose 100 pounds by Spring.” “I’ll starve myself until I fit into my skinny jeans.” “I’m going to do fasted cardio 8 days a weeks, hot yoga 5 days a week, lift heavy at least 4 days plus I’ll throw in some HIIT training on my rest days.”
I think we can all identify with some of this ritual we lovingly call New Year’s Resolutions. But it’s not very effective for long lasting results. The Fitness Industry banks on the crazy promises we make to ourselves, because we know that 90% of you will fail or quit by March. It’s disempowering (for you!) to say the least! It’s job security for anyone in the fitness industry.
What I want to share with you could put me out of business. In fact, that’s one of my missions; to put myself out of the vicious-circle-of-dieting-gaining-resolutions business. There is nothing more empowering than knowing that the steps you are taking will lead to lasting results. So I invite you to remember that you can take your power back by following a few easy, yet different steps to reach your New Year’s Resolutions.
Be REALISTIC: Logic will tell you if you can realistically eat only 500 calories and still function day to day. (I’ll tell you right now, you can’t) There are no quick-fixes, despite what the latest fad diet or fitness trend may promise. Understand that you will have to put in a little sweat-equity and adjust your eating habits to reach a fat loss goal.
Identify Your WHY: Why do you want to reach your goal? Losing weight isn’t just about appearance. It will help you to fully participate in life. Dig deep for an emotional connection to your goal and success will follow.
Make an INVESTMENT. Join an established gym, hire a coach, or buy a proven program. It’s human nature to follow through with a program or listen to your coach when you make a significant financial commitment. Cheap or free hardly ever equate to long term success.
Adopt a new ATTITUDE: If you’re constantly “giving it a shot” or “trying it out” you won’t last. You need a focused, all-or-nothing, do-or-die attitude.
WRITE OUT your goals: Include a measurable outcome, deadline, an action plan and how you will feel when you reach your goal. Research shows people who write out their goals are 90 percent more likely to reach them.
VISUALIZE: This is one of the most important tools in reaching your goals. Things will get hard, but if you allow yourself to visualize the future after you reach your goal, you will stay engaged with the process of doing the work to get there.
SAY NO: To foods, activities, people, and thoughts that don’t serve you on your path to a lean, vibrant and healthy body. It’s that simple.