It’s that time again – a new year. A fresh start and the opportunity to refocus on what you want for your life. To lose weight is one of the most popular resolutions, in fact, 45% of us set losing weight as a New Year’s resolution. But, setting the goal and making it happen are two very different things. Only a quarter of us who make resolutions keep them for the full year. But don’t be discouraged. The new you awaits, and with some planning and discipline, together, we can turn your resolution into a reality. Here are some tips on making 2020 the year you reach your weight loss goal! Come with me on the journey…
1. THE DESTINATION – your weight loss goal
Grab a piece of paper (resolutions written down are more likely to be kept). Write your 2020 weight loss goal in big letters at the top of the page. For example “Lose 20 kgs”. Write it down, make it real. Fantastic – this is where you’re heading, the end goal – your DESTINATION. By the end of 2020 this is where you want to have reached. But resolutions that start and stop here are seldom kept, so let’s keep planning…
2. THE VEHICLE – the steps to achieving your goal
Now that you know where you want to head to, you need a way to get there. Exactly how you’re going to achieve your resolution is the key to keeping it. Your resolutions are only pipe dreams until you break them down into specific, achievable, measurable steps. So, write down 3 specific ways you are going to achieve your goal.
For example, if you are doing the FastFx programme, one step might be “I commit to replacing 2 meals a day for 30 days”. Or it might be “I will walk 3 times a week in January”, or “I will weigh in with a friend each Monday for one month”. Write down 3 steps. Be clear and quantifiable. It’s good to make them time specific because smaller steps are more achievable. At the end of each goal reached – reevaluate. You achieved your goal in January, could you extend that goal for February? Setting small steps makes them manageable and achieving them will empower you to keep going.
3. FUEL UP – your motivation to keep going forward
Your motivation for losing weight is the fuel to help keep you moving forward. Understanding why you want to lose weight is what will keep you progressing. Just deciding to lose 20 kg isn’t enough – you need to dig deeper into WHY you want to lose the weight. It might be so you can play with your kids, or to lower your blood pressure or to feel great in your wedding dress. If you haven’t discovered your WHY check out our blog https://www.fastfx.co.nz/losing-weight-find-your-why/.
4. ROAD BLOCKS – what gets in your way
Now, next to each step, write down the things that you know get in your way. The things that cause your car to slow down, detour, or even crash. For example, you might find it difficult to control your calories at Work drinks, or you stop exercising when the weather gets cold. Identifying and addressing your road blocks will help you stay the course and help you to keep going with your journey. To help with this step check out https://www.fastfx.co.nz/losing-weight-identify-your-stumbling-blocks/
5. TRACK YOUR PROGRESS – weigh yourself regularly
Weighing yourself regularly is essential to keeping your resolutions. When you weigh themselves daily you see early on if you’re getting off track and you can make diet or exercise changes accordingly. Seeing the scales going down will encourage you and make it easier to keep at it. Research has shown that people who weigh themselves daily lose more weight than those who don’t.
6. DON’T LET BUMPS STOP YOUR JOURNEY – keep going
All journeys have stops and starts. Sometimes we take the wrong path and have to U-turn. Sometimes we slow down, sometimes we stall and sometimes we crash. But, no matter what happens, if you continue to make some progress, no matter how small, then you will eventually get to your destination. The same is true for weight loss. Don’t let set backs and slip ups totally derail you. So you had a pie for lunch? It’s OK – don’t give up! Don’t criticise yourself. Just start again!
Pull yourself out of the ditch and get back on the road. Self-correct at slips before they turn into landslides.
7. NOW START DRIVING – to do list
Now take a seperate piece of paper and write a specific to do list – that is all the things you need to do in order to start making your resolutions happen. For example, call the friend who you want to keep you accountable, or order the FastFx, or join the gym, or buy a new pair of trainers. Write down each specific thing you need to do to start achieving your resolution.
Now you should have a map to help you complete your New Year’s resolution. You’ll have your end goal, your short term goals, the things that might stop you from achieving them and specific steps to get you started.
Now get going, start ticking things off your list.
2020 is going to be different! This is your year!!!