- Plan of action
Most of us get gung-ho about New Years and say things like “I am going to lose 25 pounds in January” or something crazy like that. Is that possible? It might be but not for most people. But the bigger question is why do you keep making the same resolution every year?
5 Steps to Making, Getting and Keeping your Weight Loss Resolution
- Set 1 goal in January– not 3. Be realistic and be honest. If you haven’t been working out at all, don’t commit yourself to 5 days at the gym. You set yourself up to fail when you commit to something drastically different than your current habits. Don’t try to tackle it all at one time (there is a reason you aren’t doing it now), just choose ONE! Let’s use taking your vitamins regularly as an example for this.
- Plan of action– what would make it easier for you to take your supplements every day? Create a strategy that makes sense for you and your schedule. Take them to work? Take them with breakfast? Take them at night before bed? Whatever the plan is write it down. Also, make sure to position this goal (the vitamins) in the place where you know you will remember. If you want to take them at work, take them to work and stick them on your desk. If you want to take them at night, stick them in the place you are right before bed. For me, that would be my night stand OR my computer.
- Tools– With our example goals of taking vitamins every day, I would classify tools for this as a pill box, baggies, chart or daily log to write down every day what I am taking, etc. I did a heavy metal detox a few years ago and needed to take supplements to prepare my tissues for 5-7 days before the cleanse. I made separate baggies for each day with the vitamins I needed to take. There are tools available to help you with any goal. Figure out what yours are and use them.
- Support– If you want to commit to those vitamins but you have a hard time with discipline, ask a friend or partner to ask you every day. Find someone else who has the same goal and decide to email once a day to check in. I have been playing an “affirmation game” with a friend on the phone for over three years! This ensures that I will do it because we both want the benefits and it makes it more fun!
- Accountability– In the case of the vitamins, I would announce to someone that this is my goal and this is how I am going to commit to it. I would create a calendar and stick it somewhere other people who live with you can see it. Being accountable to someone else is how we can see our habits and patterns if we are looking. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Is this you? I can help!
Bottom line- change one habit at a time- use the 5 steps to create a NEW habit and then move on to the next one. And most importantly- ask for help if you are serious about change.