Tip #1: There is no magic pill, piece of equipment, diet, pill, potion or powder that will transform you.
- Tip #2:
Persistence pays off. If you are starting a lifestyle change give
yourself room to fail. Yup, that's right, plan to fail. The most
important thing is that you keep trying. It takes time to establish a
lifestyle change. Be patient with yourself and most importantly keep
trying! People who ultimately achieve their resolutions after more than
- Tip #3: Always be working towards
improvement. Why wait for the 1st of the year to incorporate a new
change for yourself? You can make the same commitment to yourself on
April Fool's day just as you did (or tried to) on Jan. 1.
- Tip #4:
Be realistic. The more realistic you are, then your success is
inevitable. It probably did not take you 1 week or 1 month to gain 15 -
20 lbs, it's certainly not going to take you 1 week to 1 month to take
it all off. Gradual change is far better and is more permanent than a
quick fix. Quick fixes never last.
- Tip #5:Write down your
goals. Statistics show that when a goal is written down and referred to
consistently that the probability for success is higher.
- Tip #6:Limit
your resolutions. Gradual change is always best. It is easier to make 1
- 3 changes than it is to induct 10 or 15 new lifestyle changes. First
master a few changes, then make 2 - 3 more. Never stop trying to change
for the better.
- Tip #7:Keep your eye on the big picture to
help you stay the course. Focus changes by summer, not by next week
(this is, of course, unless summer *is* next week).
- Tip #8:Consider
trying a new exercise to keep things interesting. For example SPINNING
is the ultimate in exercise because there is no impact, excellent at
helping you lose weight and in keeping it off if you participate at
- Tip #9: Don't frame your resolutions in
absolutes. For example, don't say, " I will never eat sugar again." or
"No more McDonald's." Instead be more specific and less drastic as in:
"I will eat McDonald's one less time per week or drink soda less per
day." Give yourself a tangible goal.
- Tip #10: Not only
should you consider *what* you eat, but *how* you eat. Consider time of
day, even how much rest you get. This will determine your digestion or
lack thereof and how much of the nutrients will be absorbed.
- Tip #11:
Expect it to be difficult and lots of work. Anyone who is telling you
otherwise is not helping you. Losing weight is easy. Keeping it off
*and* staying motivated is the hard part. If is were easy, then we all
would look great! Am I right?
- Tip #12: Find a buddy. This
works the best especially if you find it difficult to stay motivated
over long periods of time. You are less likely to fall into the old
routine if you have a buddy system to keep you on track. Don't choose
someone who you'd be doing a favor, or is needy. You don't need a
bandwagon jumper. Do this for you. You and your health should come
first. Don't choose a partner who is neither committed or serious. It
would be a tremendous waste of your time and you can add another attempt
onto the failed list which will only in turn result in lack of trust of
yourself and devalue your next attempt. Don't let anyone waste your
The truth is that if you
keep trying, you will find that this actually works. It's not about your
ability, it's about your heart, your true desire. Give yourself the
gift of feeling better about yourself. Make the promise one last time to
yourself and keep it. You're worth it! Keep your eye on the big
picture to help you stay the course. Focus on the middle of the year,
not the middle of next week.
What I like to do to help me stay motivated
is I keep a pair of my favorite jeans (or one size too small if you're
trying to decrease size) and try them on every two weeks. The fit
of the jeans determines my immediate/future goals. This helps to
redirect the focus on your size and losing inches rather than pounds
lost on the scale which does not indicate a true measure because the
scale does not differentiate between muscle, bone, and fat. A body fat
measurement is a more accurate assessment of your progress.