This is the first in a 3 part series on “Starting the New Year off right!”. Over the next 3 weeks I will be posting this series. I wanted to start off motivating you to start something. The next post will be giving you the right tools to take on the job with a head start!. The last post will be my own personal food and exercise idea’s I use everyday that keep me on track. Also, provide you with my own list of goals I plan to reach in the New Year!. I’m working on that list now. —
I want to refer you back to my previous posts for additional suggestions and motivational tips on starting an exercise and or diet plan that will along with this series, hopefully help you find the motivation and support you need to get started!.
“A new year, for a new you”. I have always hated that saying… Because it’s not that easy, Is it?.
No, It isn’t. Of course not.
When I was doing some research for this post I noticed one thing. What the #1 resolution on most everyone’s list was. Would you like to take a guess at what that resolution is? .
Yes!. Losing weight and or getting into shape.
It was The #1 one resolution on almost every list I saw. Not a big surprize though.
Did you know that 40 to 45 % of American adults make one or more resolutions each year and the top resolutions made are about money, managing it better, reducing your debt or trying to quit smoking. But just about every list had for the #1 ….. weight loss and exercise.
Maybe you’re afraid to make that resolution again to lose weight or get into shape this year because you have in the past and you failed. Closer to the point, you feel …..you failed……So why keep putting yourself through that disappointment over and over right? …..
I can tell you why….
Because I tried all my life over and over to lose weight and get into shape. I could never really see myself doing it. Oh I pictured it and as I said tried over and over but really seeing myself losing this weight, living this healthy lifestyle, living as Organic as I can, being a girl, who would if you gave her a sleeping bag,
live at the gym and be happy?!. Yea right…
I wanted this… I dreamed about it…. I wished for it….I hoped for it…. I prayed for it.
But if you asked me 3 years ago if I truly thought I would lose 120 pounds and look the way I do now, I would have to say in all honesty……….No.. Not 120 pounds. 25, 30, 40…. yea, okay…..50? …….maybe.
120…No……..It’s just too big for me to tackle.
Listen up…..“Failure hurts but is not fatal”.
Even if you have tried a million times ……That million and one try, could be….. your time. Even if you THINK you never will…YOU never know what is going to come into your life…….And change everything you know to be true. Everything you would bet you life is never going to change……Can…… It can all change ………In a moment. It did for me….. In a moment.
“Never doubt something you don’t know is an absolute”.
3 questions – 3 truths – and 5 tips
Ask yourself…..these questions
1. Will my problem go away if I give up trying?
2. Can I live the rest of my life happy and content, OK with the way I feel about myself, or do I know I could be happier about how I feel about myself in my heart and how I feel I look physically if I do something about it. If I try. If I try again..
3. Do I know it will make my life better….. and I could possibly help others in return?.
Got the answers?
(Make them YOUR truths)
These are 3 truths I know because I learned them and live them….. So you can trust them. I do. Everyday.
1. You can accomplish what you put your mind too.
2. There is no goal unattainable. (I lost 120 pounds……….Go ahead, tell me “I can’t.” )
3. Never let anyone tell you …..”You can’t”….. They are wrong. Always. What they are really saying is….. I can’t”….So neither can you. Just walk away from them. That attitude …IS toxic . Just get away.
#1. Set an EASY goal to reach at first.
A number of pounds you want to lose but a low easy number to attain at first. Try 5 lbs. If you lose more great! But pick a goal you KNOW you will reach.
Starting off with a small easily attainable goal will build your confidence and we all need that when starting a new diet. Then when you reach that goal make another simple goal you feel confident about reaching. When you feel that confidence that only comes from reaching a goal you will feel better about yourself and having a healthy confidence level in your plan is important!. Because believing that you can and will get to your goal, is half the battle. When you have some success under your belt you will feel more confident.
#2. Keep track of your meals, calories and exercises.
Charting from day-to-day what you’re eating along with the calories you are taking in, also exercises , what ones and how much you are doing can be invaluable to you. There is a great website that I use from time to time and my brother Mike uses as well. (he has lost 145 pounds) It’s called www.fitday.com
this website is very helpful. I am suggesting this website because Michael uses it EVERYDAY
and has great success
I like to make my own charts and keep my own logs. Whatever works for you..Just do it. It really makes a difference to look and SEE and keep track of what you have done that day, that week, that month. If you lose weight, you can see why. If you gain, you can see it as well and if it was your calories or lack of activities that week, you can see where, how and why and make appropriate changes to have a more positive outcome in the upcoming weeks.
#3. Focusing on the entire picture.
You have to pay attention to your entire health plan. Not just diet, or exercise or the scale. ALL of it.
Like your weight. That scale. (Grrrr) Those numbers you see on the scale can be so mesmerizing to us all. they are to me at times. The scale can be a scary thing. I have been known to weigh myself everyday. At times I have done this I have wanted to track something very closely, usually any water weight gain from day-to-day to get a handle on how it is affecting me and my weight at the moment. But in my opinion, it can be a detriment to your confidence level and progress if you see no change from day-to-day and forget, it can take time. Or if you DO see changes from water weight gain and worry it is fat. If you lose weight from one day to the next it will most likely be water. I would suggest weighing in once a week instead..
#4. Have fun with it.
You have to have fun or at least enjoy exercising to an extent anyway. If you are going to lose weight and do it the best most efficient, way that will produce results that will last, you will have to move, Exercise. I know a lot of us hate that word but it is a fact of life that doing something to get and keep your heart rate up is a necessary part of the plan that can and will bring long-lasting results. So pick something fun . Whatever it is.
Having fun with it is something I never saw happening either. But I did, I do , and it makes all the difference in the world each day. A bad week, weight gain or not reaching a physical goal you might have had, can look different when you are having a good time doing what you are doing. Choosing activities that you have fun doing and foods you can enjoy, are key to long-range success. One thing I love about the diet part is shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables. I know..
But I love picking out fruits and vegetables. I am so picky when it comes to the food I buy. I get into the nutritional information on packages and research what it all means and I have learned quite a bit. Have fun with it.
#5 is one of the Biggest and best pieces of advice you will ever get to help you get in shape and or lose weight…..
It will take time!. Please do yourself a favor. Give that to yourself!!.
#5. Give yourself time.
If you listen to anything I am saying…… please listen to this ……
This is the biggest point I have to make. This to me is one of biggest mistakes when starting a diet or exercise program. EVERYONE seems to make it. As I said in one of my previous posts “What does your workout face look like” ..
The biggest favor you could do for yourself is give yourself time to see results. You have to give yourself time. This is one the biggest mistakes we make in dieting and exercising…It’s one of the major keys to your success. You need to have patience. I know it’s difficult. I have been there and have quit diets because I didn’t see results fast enough. Don’t do that.
It takes Time…… Time……. Time.
This will be the year you make AND Keep that resolution!
The wind up
A Postive attitude, Positive thoughts, positive affirmation, positive people, positive feedback, and positive role models = positive results.
If you decide to make that New Year’s resolution this year…. Make it with confidence that you WILL succeed this time!!. Sometimes you have to be the best cheerleader you have!. Decide this is your year and go forward with conviction. Losing weight is a resolution that can be reached……Ask yourself those 3 questions and really feel what’s in your heart when you answer them…Those 3 truths I gave you are true. I use them everyday and don’t allow anyone to tell me different….. Don’t you .
The 5 tips or points I gave you to help you with losing those pounds I have used and work for me and I am confident they can work for you as well!.
I wanted in part 1 of this series to get you motivated and thinking about your possibilities for the New Year.
I am taking time this year and really thinking about my next move. I have plans, idea’s and possibilities.
So do you!.
So….. what are you going do about it?…
Make sure you see the next post in this series of starting off the New Year right. Giving you a running start when you decide to begin…It will be my some of my favorite food products that I use everyday to stay on track and continue to eat healthy everyday.
Thank you for coming to the blog. I would love to know what resolutions you have decided to make this year! Please leave a comment below and let me know!
As always please check out www.iwouldcoach.com It’s my favorite blog and blogger, because he is down to earth, smart and always willing to help others. The blog is helpful in motivation and Inspiration!. Sneek peek into the 3rd post in this series!!… Dan has given me fitness a new goal!! Check back in 2 weeks to see what it is !. 🙂 I’m pumped !
Thanks Dan. 🙂