So many times we see new and old members start the year off with great intentions to lose weight and improve their health. But, so many times do we see those same members lose motivation after only 4-6 weeks.
Here are 4 simple, but effective tips on how to make those New Year’s weight loss resolutions a lifestyle change:
- Start with a specific and reasonable resolution. If you just say you want to lose weight without giving specifics on how you will accomplish this goal, you are likely to lose motivation quickly. Also, keep your resolution reasonable. About 1-2 pound weight loss per week is a realistic goal. Setting a goal to lose 10 pounds per week for a month is unlikely to actually happen. When you set too lofty of goals, you will get frustrated and quit when they don’t pan out.
- Declare your resolution. Post your resolution on the Exygon Facebook page by commenting on our “Tell us your goals for Twenty Fit-Teen” post. Tell your family your goals and ask them to help you stick with them. Finally, you can write your resolutions on sticky notes and place them in strategic locations around your home, such as your bathroom mirror and your refrigerator. This will be your daily reminder of your goals, so you don’t fall off the band wagon!
- Commit with a friend. Find a good friend who has similar goals. Commit to going to the gym together and sticking to the same diet. Having a friend who is going through the same struggles as you will significantly help both of you stay true to your resolution.
- Don’t aim for perfection. If you miss a day at the gym or eat junk food one time, don’t beat yourself up about it. Just get back into the gym the next day or eat healthy the rest of the day. No one’s perfect and if you only accept perfection with concern to your resolutions, you will quickly miss step and call it quits.