I have mentioned this in one of my previous blogs but the most made New Year’s Resolution is losing weight. Come January, you will notice that your gym will become overly crowded. You will also notice that by February those same crowds begin to dwindle away. The reason is, most people give up on their resolutions within the first month.
If you have made the resolution to lose weight this year, I do not want you to be a part of the ladder crowd. If you want to reach your weight loss goals, this is how I recommend you set those resolutions so you keep them.
1. Make your fitness resolution specific. “In the year 2013 I want to lose weight” is an example of a general resolution. You need to make your goals more specific so you have a clear picture of what you are trying to achieve. Instead of the resolution above, use something along the lines of “In the year 2013 I want to lose 30lbs by May.”
2. Create a plan, make it detailed. How are you are going to achieve your resolution? Its not enough to say what you want. You need to map out how you are going to get what you want. If you plan on increasing the amount of exercise you do, decide by how many minutes. What type of exercises are you going to do? Cardio? Weight training? Fitness classes? How much weight do you plan on losing a week? Tip: A healthy amount is 2lbs per week.
You need to make it easy for yourself to follow through. With a clearly mapped out plan, you are less likely to procrastinate or make excuses.
3. Decide how you are going to track your progress. You will need to evaluate your fitness progress somehow. Not only will it let you know if you need to change something you’re doing if you are not seeing results, but it will also provide you with a way to keep yourself accountable. You can track your progress in many ways. My favorite is to pick a piece of clothing that fits snug, and try it on every 2 weeks. If it starts to fit loser, you know you are on the right track. You can also measure your progress by body fat percentage or by weighing yourself at the start of each week. Whatever you chose, make it consistent.
If you do not see the progress you wanted that week, take a step back and evaluate why. Did you really eat as clean as you thought you did? Did you miss a few days at the gym? Be honest with yourself because it is the only way you are going to improve.
If you have made any weight loss or fitness related resolutions for 2013, share them in the comment section. I will be sharing mine next week.