We have 35 days left in 2017. The new year is upon us!

 

How many are thinking about their New Year's Resolutions? 

 

How many plan to lose weight in 2018?

 

Nearly a fourth of the population declares weight loss as one of their New Year's Resolutions and nearly 80% fail to stay on

track as early as February of the new year!

 

So, how can you start preparing now to make this year's resolution to lose weight stick? Here are 10 things you can do NOW:

 

  1. Clean Up: clear all the "bad foods" from your pantry and refrigerator...if you start eliminating those temptations now, it will be easier to live without them in 35 days!
  2. De-clutter your home: an organized environment = an organized brain. Think about it...how can you tackle a big change like what you eat and how you live if you have physical and mental clutter? I am currently reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and she has actually addressed the positive effects of "tidying up" and one of those is weight loss. 
  3. Know your goals: is it your desire to lose 25 lbs, be a size 10, wear the dress you wore 5 years ago, run a 5K, or decrease the number of pills you swallow each day? Everyone has their "WHY" and it will help you to stay on track if you can identify yours.
  4. Create a Vision Board: find pictures and words that sum up what you wish to see when you have reached your goal weight. It may be a picture of you when you weighed the desired weight you want to be? Or, it may be that cruise ship you will be on next summer? You can display an emotion or a feeling you wish to achieve or simply place words or numbers on a bulletin board where you can see it every day. This keeps the goal REAL. 
  5. Start keeping a food journal now: you ask why? You know you will be eating more through the holidays so why count? My answer? How can you determine what to change if you don't know what you are doing now? You must have a starting point or a point of reference. For example: if I started a food journal now in anticipation of a New Year's Resolution to lose weight I may discover I eat about 1800 calories a day. So, by learning this, I can decide how many fewer calories I wish to eat come new year.
  6. Develop a Plan: not just develop a plan...create a plan that is doable! Beware of lofty goals in a short time frame. They will set you up for failure...
  7. Spell out your Plan: step by step...and in Small Changes  (read this blog post for more on changes)
  8. Let your Plan be known: tell those around you what you plan to do and what your goals will be. Why? It creates accountability because you know they will be watching for the change to occur. It creates support from those around you when they know your intentions. It also prevents a situation that can make change hard. Hopefully, those closest to you will support you! 
  9. Do some self-inventory: think about past attempts to lose weight...what caused you to fail? Why did you stop or give up? What was the cause and how can you prevent it this time? Be prepared!
  10. Avoid the "Last Supper" mentality: instead of "pigging-out" through Christmas, start working now on reducing your portion sizes, eating less junk food, and drinking more water! If you start making the small changes now, they will make the new year easier to tackle. Besides, who said you had to start the "change" on January 1st??

Most importantly, enjoy the holiday season without guilt! And, think of your resolution with a positive mind-frame. Do not

view it as an upcoming punishment. View it as a positive change that will make you not only look better but feel better too!

 

Happy Holidays!

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