It happens every year, the year end approaches and New Years is upon us. The most common New years Resolution? Weight Loss. Is it going to be yours this year? Are you already gearing up to stick to your New Years resolution?
Many people make resolutions and many people fail. The breaking of New Years resolutions doesn’t have to necessarily be an automatic thing, something that naturally occurs. Rather than making a resolution that’s hard to stick to, such as weight loss, why not make it more of a personal challenge? Why not make many little ones that will result in weight loss?
A few ideas:
Make up a jar of 52 healthy habits. Some to consider are “drinking X amount of water each day for one week”, or ” exercise 15 minutes each day this week” or ” eat no chocolate” These mini challenges can be anything that will point you int he right direction. If you can’t think of 52, one for each week, repeat them. Each week, draw out a challenge and tape it to your refrigerator, your monitor, anything.
Rather than simply ‘lose weight’ as a resolution, make it a side effect of something equally as great. Signing up for a 5k run will get your backside off that couch and on to the treadmill for training. Agreeing to hike Half Dome in Yosemite National Park the spring too, will motivate you to get in shape. Even fun activities, like walking across the Golden Gate Bridge, or biking a new trail on the American River Bike trail can get things going.
Rather than simply losing weight, try to be more specific. Learning the reasons why you want to overeat might be a good tool that will not only help you in the future, but will also likely lead to natural weight loss. Perhaps your resolution might not be to lose weight, but to tackle the reasons of overeating. Discovering triggers of eating, emotional eating as well can be a huge step in weight loss.
Whether it be exercise, motivation, eating habits, mental clarity or simply finding peace with your body, find a resolution that can only be uplifting and approachable. Preparing a bit ahead of time can give you some tools to think about what it is you want to accomplish.