The New Years resolutions have been made! Those are easy! Really! We all make them! The hard part is following through with them! If you are a regular at the gym, you see it every year! The place is packed! But then, around February 1st, the crowd begins to lessen! By March 15th, you are back to the normal crowd plus one or two new faces! I call it…commitment! There are 5 steps that I have found that will help you to remain committed to your healthy goals!
Tip # 1: Write down your commitment.
One of the most commonly used strategies among my clients who have been successful at weight loss is putting their commitment in writing. I suggest using this technique to help you increase your chances of success. Think of your commitment as a very important promise you are making to yourself. Write it down and refer back to it at any point along the way if you feel you are losing focus. This will help to inspire you to continue moving forward.
Tip # 2: Learn from your mistakes.
Rather than staying stuck in past failures, take time reflect on what went wrong and use this information to make better choices in the days ahead. To paraphrase a famous quote, failure is your best teacher. Rather than being critical of yourself, reframe any past weight loss attempt as a learning experience that brings you one step closer to your goal. It truly doesn’t matter how many times you’ve failed at weight loss before. You need only be successful once in order to achieve permanent weight loss.
Tip #3: Stay focused on the positive.
Focus on what you’re gaining from losing rather than what you are giving up. No doubt, weight loss is difficult. But, not losing is even more difficult. Make a list of all the benefits you will experience from losing weight: improved health, nicer shape, more self-confidence, increased energy, better social life, more attractive clothes, or whatever applies to you. Whenever you find yourself getting negative about your weight loss plan, pull out your list and read it as if you were reading it for the first time. Remind yourself every day, 100 times a day if necessary, of the benefits of weight loss.
Tip #4: Plan for success.
Set yourself up for success everyday by creating small achievable goals. Staying committed to even one small goal everyday will lead to big success in the days ahead. And remember, success is contagious. The better you do today, the better you feel tomorrow. And the better you feel tomorrow, the better you will do the next day – and so on. Remarkably, this cycle of doing good and feeling good will lead you to your personal best weight quicker than any fad diet.
Tip #5: Seek out support.
Don’t go it alone. Seek out the support of a trusted friend or qualified health professional who is sensitive to your weight issues and health goals. Having a good support system can help you stay true to your commitment and increase your chances of long-term success. The staff at your Medi-Weightloss Clinic are wonderful at supporting you through your plan and TOPS (Taking Pounds Off Sensibly) is a very inexpensive weekly support group that helps lots of people reach their healthy goals! I had my TOPS meeting on Tuesdays and my Medi Weightloss Clinics appointment on Fridays so I got support every few days!
With a strong commitment and armed with accurate information, guidance, and support – anyone can achieve permanent weight loss. If you are committed, you can too.