How is it going so far?
The new year is in full swing and most people have made resolutions to lose weight or get in shape. Are you one of them? If so, how it that going so far? Have you laid out a plan of how you're going to fulfill that resolution? I have a challenge for you: instead of making a general resolution to "lose weight" or "get in shape," why not actually define what it is that you really want? Make a goal instead of a resolution. Your goal should be specific and have a timeline. Let me explain. Instead of saying that you want to lose weight this year, you need to make a goal that you will lose 10 pounds my March 1. Then you need to figure out how you are going to accomplish that goal. Merely getting a gym membership is not going to make you lose weight. You need to make it a goal to get into the gym at least three times a week. Then you need to schedule that gym time into your calendar and life. Thinking about the gym and dreaming about being 10 pounds thinner doesn't acutally accomplish anything. Reading all the health and fitness magazines in the world won't make you lose weight either. You have to actually get up and do something!
If you have no actual plan of how you are going to accomplish your goals, you are simply planning to never accomplish them. It may seem difficult at first, but if it were easy, everyone would be doing it and everyone would be healthy. Take steps each week to move you closer to your goal. Don't try to do everything all at once. Yes, you need to eat cleaner foods. Yes, I encourage you to keep a food journal. Yes, I encourage you to keep a workout log. Yes, you need to clean out your kitchen. Yes, you need to actually workout 5 days a week. But don't try to do all of these things all at once when changing your life. You need to take one step at a time. If you can make it to the gym 3 times a week for two weeks, start going 5 times a week. Then change another habit. Get some cleaner foods. Once you're used to eating cleaner, throw out the junk in your kitchen that you no longer eat. Do you see the progression here? You can accomplish anything! But you are going to need to be realistic with yourself.
Take time to check out different kinds of workouts that you can do. Have fun with it. Don't just want into a gym and start throwing weights around. You are going to hurt yourself and then find an excuse to quit. Look at classes or boot camps that have a social aspect to them so that you have people who will participate with you. Boot camps and classes are filled with people of every fitness level. Personal trainers can also help keep you accountable and on track in the first phases of your new lifestyle. When you want to come up with an excuse to not go to the gym, you have a trainer to meet, so you have to go! Plus, you've already paid for that training session, so you really need to get your money's worth. Don't worry about fatburners or magic pills. Focus on the simple things and move forward from there. This can be your year to get healthy! You just need to take the right steps. Get steppin'!