Ah..A new year, an old resolution! “I want to lose a few/bunch of pounds or inches”. Sounds familiar doesn’t it! We ALL are either currently dealing with this or have so in the past. Sometimes your goal may seem impossible just look at it in my case. I had 300 pounds to lose! Others have been fighting the same 20 pounds for years. Well, here are a few tips that may help you as they have helped me. Pass them on to friends and we will make this a much healthier year for everyone!
1) One thing I do is keep food journal. This assists me in making sure I don’t over do it on calorie, carb, and sodium counts. As part of this, write down your goals. Brainstorm all of your goals and write them down whether it is to lose 10 pounds or 2 inches on your waist or to run a 10k.
2) Set a date to reach your goals. If there is a local 10k race in June, set your goal to be able to participate in it and set mini goals of doing a 5k in April. Or, if you want to lose 20 pounds, setup a spreadsheet where you lose a pound a week and presto, by May you should be close , if not, to your goal weight! This is the 3rd tip!
3) Set Mini-Goals! This could even be weekly! Adding a lap each week when your swimming or a half mile to a walk/jog session.
4) Remove the temptations. If you have cheat foods in your house, the urge to cheat is magnified ten fold. Fill your house with healthy snacks. Snacks like;
a) Lean Protein – Chicken, Turkey, Fish, egg whites, Almonds
b) Fresh Fruit – Berries and apples
c) Raw veggies – broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, spinach greens
d) Other snack foods – sugar free jello, fat free cottage cheese, low fat cheese sticks, low carb protein bars
e) bottled water – need to drink 100 – 120 ozs per day!
5) Find a friend or family member who would be willing to be a workout buddy or support buddy! Two heads are better than one when it comes to reaching your goal especially when it comes to motivation!
6) Document everything! Yes, #1 fits this but I take it a step further! I include taking a before picture and measurements! What better motivation then to see the inches fall off! Sometimes the scales don’t tell the whole story as you reposition your body composition between fat and muscle since muscle weighs more!
7) Make sure your goals are realistic! Losing 20 or 25 pounds in two weeks is not realistic! Running in a 10k next month after never running a step since you were 10 years old, not realistic!
GOOD LUCK! I hope these tips help you on your road to success!