Tis the season…
…to make New Year’s resolutions!
What’s your New Year’s resolution?
If you don’t have one, stop and ask yourself:
What would be my BIG resolution this year?
What’s ONE thing you want to accomplish, do or change?
(If you’re like many others, you may be considering weight loss and/or healthy eating as a goal.)
You can start with an example.
Your goal/resolution could be any time of year…but it just so happens that we tend to reflect on the past and look forward to the year ahead at the new year.
And your goal could be just about anything but, because it’s so popular, you can use weight loss as an example.
Here are 7 reasons you may struggle to meet your goals and New Year’s resolutions.
1_ You don’t know why.
Start by asking…
Why do you want to lose weight?
Or, put another way…
What does losing weight get you?
Knowing the reason behind your goal is powerful.
If you want to lose weight, is it because you want to look good at the beach?
Then ask again…
Why do you want to look good at the beach?
Once you have an answer, keep asking yourself WHY… until you simply cannot come up with an answer.
Because weight is far from the best metric for body composition (and achieving your goal of looking good at the beach) you’re going to switch it up and instead make a goal to:
Lose 3 inches around your waist.
2_ You’re not specific.
If you simply want to lose weight, what does that mean?
How can you quantify it?
Do you want to lose 15 pounds?
Be SMART about your goals and make them:
For example, instead of simply “trying” to lose weight, you can say that
you want to lose 3 inches around your waist by June so that you look good and you feel confident in your swim suit at the beach.
Now your goals is specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-based AND you have good reason to do it (with your WHY of looking good at the beach!).
3_ You have no plan.
Now you have a SMART goal and a meaningful reason why you want to achieve that goal. You’re done, right? Mission accomplished!
Not so fast.
You need a plan to get you to your goal. That is…
You have to take ACTION toward your goal.
If your goal is to lose 3 inches around your waist by June, then you have to put a plan in place during that time that will move you toward that goal.
You can choose a diet that suits you – like Bulletproof, Whole 30 and Paleo. Better yet, create your own!
You can also exercise on a regular basis, perhaps trying these 7 simple fat-burning workouts for energy, strength and longevity.
Then make sure you follow it! For example, write it in your calendar if that helps.
4_ You make excuses.
I don’t know about you but…
…if your brain works anything like mine, then it is an excuse-making machine!
I can instantly come up with multiple excuses to eat food – even though I know that it may not be in my best interest.
I can talk myself into eating something by telling myself that I’ll make up for it by not eating or eating healthy later. But then I don’t. So not only am I making excuses, I’m lying to myself!
Similarly, I can instantly come up with excuses not to exercise. The most common are that I’m too busy and too tired, so I’ll just do it tomorrow.
What are your excuses?
5_ You don’t fully understand how it works.
That is, you don’t fully understand how you’re going to meet your goal.
For weight loss, you don’t fully understand why you overeat, nor do you understand how you can most effectively lose weight.
For many people, it helps to understand what’s going on below the surface. It’s not always as simple as “move more; eat less”.
You can dive deeper by understanding both the psychology and biology of weight loss by asking:
What keeps you from moving more and eating less?
What happens to your brain and body when you eat and exercise?
6_ You don’t track your progress.
How do you know if you’re getting closer to your goal if you don’t track your progress?
For weight loss, you can keep a journal of the food you eat and the activities you do.
You can also track your weight, waist circumference and body mass.
7_ You’re flying solo…
…which might be okay, but you really don’t know how to fly!
You’re much better off with the support of others, whether that’s a coach or friends.
For weight, you can join something like Weight Watchers.
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What about you?
How do you achieve your goals?
And what obstacles get in your way?
Leave a comment below and let us know!