by Ronny Marie Tucker
Losing weight is most likely the number one New Year’s resolution made by millions of people, every year. Gym memberships, exercise gear and fitness equipment sales sky rocket around the 1st of the year to motivate people to lose weight. However, what happens when January is over? Most “resolutionists” do not make it past two weeks of working out before they throw in the towel and say, “Next year.” Bring in 2011 with a new attitude…you will not only lose the weight but you will keep it off!
1. Make your goal realistic!
Starting off the New Year trying to lose 100 pounds is not realistic. Instead, set a small goal, such as 1 to 2 pounds per week, and work your way up to 10 pounds. Once you’ve lost 10 pounds, start all over and work your way up to 10 pounds again. Losing 10 pounds is easier to digest and to strive for compared to a large number like 100.
2. Find physical activities you enjoy.
The gym is not the only place you can burn calories. Activities such as skiing, dancing, skating, racquetball and full-court basketball, can burn more than 800 calories per hour, depending on your weight. If you love to clean, make your chores more difficult. Hand-wash floors, clothes and your car. Scrubbing floors can burn more than 400 calories per hour.
3. Write down everything you eat and drink!
Keep a food diary in a purse, cell phone, laptop, briefcase or anything you have access to at all times. If it goes in your mouth write it down. Many people who lose weight and keep it off attribute their success to a food journal. Write down the amount, calories, time you ate and how you felt while eating. Once you’re comfortable with your diet, use the journal as a tool to come back to if you slip up or fall off track.
4. Get plenty of rest.
If you tend to snack late at night, try an earlier bed time. Not only will you avoid consuming excess calories, but you will be well rested and more energetic the following day. You can’t eat if you are sleep!
5. Find a workout buddy, join a weight loss group or get a personal trainer.
When you don’t feel like working out, there is always somebody who does. Working with another person to achieve your goal will help with motivation as well as keep you accountable.
6. Plan your week ahead of time.
Plan all of your meals and set aside specific times for physical activity. Go grocery shopping over the weekend and only buy what is needed for your meals. Always have a gym bag with you, filled with everything you need. “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail,” by Benjamin Franklin. Take away any excuses by planning and preparing a “no fail” environment.