Planning to Lose
Planning to lose…lose fat that is!
The New Year is here, a time for reflection and renewed motivation. While we often go into the new year with the best intentions of achieving our goals, we can often times find ourselves overwhelmed when it comes finishing what we began. There is truth to the saying, “you can’t change years of habits overnight.” But you can, without a doubt, change those habits.
- Set your goal. If you want to lose weight, choose an “ultimate goal weight” and make smaller weight goals as stepping stones. Every pound lost is an accomplishment. You can’t lose 50 pounds without first losing 5 pounds, 10 pounds, and so forth. A personal goal of mine this year is to reach 300 pounds on my deadlift… by summer. Remember a goal is dream with a deadline.
- Make a plan. How are you going to lose weight? It’s definitely not by doing what you have been doing. Evaluate your goals and the steps necessary. Involve the help of a buddy with a similar goal for accountability. And write it down…Everything! Write your goal, your motivation, & your plan!
- Baby Steps. If you’re someone who eats out 5 out of 7 days of the week, you’re not going to be a health-savvy chef in a week. Be realistic. If you’re eating out daily, cut down to two days for a week or so, then cut down to maybe once or twice a month. You won’t believe the cash you will save in your wallet and the outrageous calories you’ll be sparing your body by staying out of the drive-thru. Not a daily exerciser? Plan to workout 3 to 4 days a week. It doesn’t have to be anything extreme, you’re not going to be Rich Froning overnight. Gradually increase the frequency and intensity of your workouts.
- Know your weaknesses. Can’t keep your hands out of the chips at your favorite Mexican restaurant? Best advice, don’t go or ask the waiter not to bring any to your table. Can’t keep your hands out of the cookie jar at home, don’t buy cookies at the store. Recognize your weaknesses and prepare yourself to overcome them. If you hate running and dread it, don’t do it. There are several other forms of cardiovascular exercise. Find something you like doing and look forward to whether it be crossfit, zumba, or step class. The important thing is that you get active.
- Reward yourself. Remember above I told you to set small goals along the way of accomplishing your bigger goals? Celebrate those stepping stones with things that motivate you. New shoes, jeans, or a trip! You’re doing this for you. So find what sparks you and fuel it.
“You’ve got to think about the ‘big things’ while you’re doing the small things so that the small things lead you in the right direction.”
Keep pushing FitFam and Happy New Years!
XoXo Absolute Diva