Losing weight and staying fit and healthy are consistently among the top 10 New Year’s resolutions, but 80 percent of people fail to keep their resolutions longer than six weeks. March is about the time that most resolutions will be abandoned - mainly because they haven’t produced any immediate results. Dianna Forsberg (http://diannaforsberg.com), international fitness model and health and wellness coach, outlines the best ways to stay on track to reach your fitness goals in the New Year.
1. Reality check. Recognize the stressors in your life. Don’t ignore them. When we ignore them, we continue to use those “coping mechanisms”, which is usually consuming junk food, unhealthy beverages and we hardly make time to workout because we are lacking energy.
2. Write out your desired goals. It can be as small as incorporating more fruits and vegetables. Working out 30 min a day, 3 times a week. Lose 5-10 lbs with 4-6 weeks. Whatever YOUR goal is, write it down.
3. Find a support system. Everyone wants to feel better and do better. The average person is happy to lose 5-10 lbs and maintain it. Talk to your close friends about your goals. Make a Facebook post and see who wants to join you. We are more likely to commit when we have an accountability partner.
4. Invest in a trainer, consultant or health and wellness coach to help you succeed. Seeking professional help from a third party usually works best. In most cases, we tend to take advice and guidance better from a professional.
5. Meal prep once or twice a week to save time. Plan your workouts. Figure out if you will workout before or after work. Stick to the plan. Once you remove the junk from your regime, just say NO! Reach for healthy snacks like unsalted almonds, banana, a green apple, cucumber slices, hard boiled eggs, fresh berries, etc.
6. Now that you have recognized what wasn’t working just a few short weeks ago. Now it’s time to truly commit, be consistent and get it done!