It's that time of the year -- New Year's resolutions are upon us. According to the University of Scranton, Journal of Clinical Psychology, only 8 percent of people actually successfully achieve their New Year's resolutions goals.
According to the study the No. 1 resolution on the list is, you guessed it, weight loss. The goal of staying fit and healthy isn't that far behind and comes in at number five.
These numbers are kind of shocking, right? Only 8 percent?
Have you previously set a New Year's resolution goal and never followed through? Do you want to make your New Year's goal a reality in 2015 and need a place to start?
If you answered "yes" to any of the questions, congratulations, you are in the right place. Here are three must-have strategies to help you take your health and fitness to the next level in 2015.
- Do Not Go On a Diet
Don't go on any specific diet, don't buy into any shakes, pills, powders, crazy detoxes or start a 30 -day juice cleanse. Instead, realistically assess the situation. What kind of habitual changes can you made that wouldn't feel like a big, time consuming, "ughhhhhh" kind of chore? Don't add more unrealistic things to your busy to do list. Here is where you can start:
- If you skip breakfast -- make a protein power smoothie in a blender. It takes 30 seconds and you are properly fueled for that day.
- If you are having lunch, go for a salad and not your usual sandwich.
- You like cookies and Diet Coke for a snack? Substitute with tea and bananas instead.
Trust me, habitual changes are more likely to stick long term than another fancy diet that flips your world upside down. Small changes lead to big results.
- Build Your Team
Here is a secret fit people will never tell you -- we aren't always stoked to run 7 miles or smash a work out at 5 a.m. We do it because we have the right support system in place.
Most likely we once have or had a trainer who taught us what, how, when and how much to at the gym. I highly suggest getting help from a coach or a trainer who will keep your accountable and motivated to achieve your goals. At least for the first 3-6 months of the year. If you could do it alone, you would have done it a long time ago.
We also have fit friends who will throw us a lifeline like a text message, voicemail, and call us out on skipping out on the regular gym routine. Our families know not to waive cookies in our face, cook a healthy meal when we are coming over and never make a negative comment about our gym commitment.
Build a support system around you to match your goals, wants and needs because that's what will ultimately make you successful long term.
- Know Your "Why"
Just wanting to fit into a certain size pants isn't enough. What happens when you fit into those pants? You stop working out and eating healthy because you achieved your goal. Woo-hoo, but what happens next? You gain it all back plus some. While it's great to fit in your clothes, that kind of motivation doesn't last a lifetime. Not to mention, thats when you start going to non-sustainable, dangerous measures to lose weight.
Think about what motivates you to live a long, lasting, healthy lifestyle? Playing with your kids? Having energy to achieve your goals? Confidence to take advantage of opportunities when they come your way?
A vanity goal is great, but health is wealth and knowing your real "why" will serve as a foundation for a lasting lifestyle change. Beer, cookies, cakes, wine, cheese become secondary wants because you have greater a need for long-term health.
In conclusion, please note, I didn't tell you to cut out all sugar, start a 30-day juice cleanse or spend two hours a day at CrossFit. That is not what it takes to live a healthy, happy and sexy lifestyle. The key to success with any resolution is to find something you can stick with long term and enjoy life. Consistency is key.
I firmly believe that you can achieve anything you set your mind to. I see it over and over again with men and women in my coaching practice who lose 30, 50, 100 pounds in record timing. Just remember you health and your life are in your own hands. The only reason you can achieve something is the story you keep telling yourself over and over. Trust yourself to walk into 2015 with a positive mind, "yes, I can" attitude and make small changes that lead to big results.
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