1. Identify the Reason for Change
Understanding why you have made a new year's resolution, why you have committed to change is as important as actually making a change. Is the reason for change for personal satisfaction? Is it medical related? Is it pressure from loved ones around you? Once you have answered WHY,
you will be able to move forward.
2. Prepare Your Game Plan
As the saying goes "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail." I like to take it a step further and say that "You plan your work, then you work your plan!" If your goals are weight loss and dietary changes, then research your options. When choosing a gym —
visit local gyms and speak to the trainers. Ask them about their programs, class schedules, you may even go as far as asking about their member's success rate. When searching for a food source —
visit the websites of the gourmet health food companies
, pay attention to their menu, the ingredients that they use and whether their products contain additives and preservatives. And of course allocate time for yourself
! A proper game plan will lead to routine. Routine leads to consistency. CONSISTENCY equals RESULTS!
3. Believe in Yourself
Although listed here at number three, this is the real key to your success! When building inner strength, you must remember that no matter how many times you have failed, there is always an opportunity to try again. At the end of every day, take five minutes to reflect on the day's events. Place more emphasis on the positive aspects of the day and less on the negative. Building self-confidence may perhaps be the biggest challenge you may face. However, once overcome, it will change your life forever.
4. Do Not Dwell on Setbacks
Setbacks will happen. How you deal with them however will determine your level of success. You will always encounter a setback or two. It is important to understand that you may miss a workout and may be forced to eat something not on your "program." Make certain to view these incidents as temporary and not permanent. Consistency is the key, therefore dwell not on a step backward but on all of the steps you have made forward!
5. Set Realistic Expectations
Finally....make certain that your goals and expectations are realistic. You should set a series of short-term goals rather than one long-term goal. Therefore, the goal should be: losing five pounds of body fat in 6-8 weeks. Not five pounds of body fat in one day! If you have not worked out at all, then the goal should be: get to the gym 2-3 times per week, then gradually increase to four days, then five days over the course of two to three months. To expect to exercise daily after not exercising at all is a recipe for disaster. To expect a complete turn-around, in a very short time, is an ever bigger one! Set your goals, understand your limitations. Embark on your journey — use the calendar as a guide, however do not judge your results in 30, 60 or 90 days, but rather at the end of the 365 days we are fortunate to have in 2015.
Good luck everyone!