Do your New Year's weight reduction Resolutions seem like something from another life by now? Those diet promises you made to yourself – now part of history … again ? And ‘beach ready' season approaches. Or that Special Event woos you but you are not ‘ready' for it?
Do not despair. Here are 6 tips to help you reclaim the fat loss promises you made to yourself – and succeed!
1 . Your Smart Plan of Action for Weight Loss
To get yourself back in the game – and keep yourself there you need a written Blueprint of Success. Without a blueprint, you will not be able to measure your progress. You will flounder willy-nilly, making it easy to ‘cheat' with sinful alternatives in the heat of weakness and sabotage your desired results for a toned, fit, healthy body!
In the throes of New Year ‘euphoria', if you made a resolution that was too big to handle, cut it down now to smaller, doable parts. To accomplish your weekly goal, determine your plan to get there.
- Use resources at the library or a bookstore to find a weight loss diet plan you can ‘own', healthy food you can tolerate, relevant recipes you can easily and a calorie chart to determine what number of calories you should target for your size and make-up. Select different things from your research that truly resonate with you – that you know inside you can follow.
- Collect some battle tactics to help you fight those cravings. Know what to do when those inevitable Weak Moments grab you.
- Determine what physical activities you can do to help whittle away the pounds Including them into your Action Plan Strategy. Know what days / what times you will devote to this exercise part of your Make-Over.
2. Write Down Your Goals and Tactics on Paper – Keep them in Sight
Now – Write the tactics you've devised into your Smart Strategic Plan of Action!
Establishing your battle action ahead of time is tantamount to success. It frees your energy to simply focus on those steps of success – instead of trying to figure out how / what you will do while in the throes of battle. If it's not written down in front of you, it's too easy to succumb to the stress of change and the overwhelm of temptation. ‘Cheating' becomes too easy when you're too tired to ‘think' during a busy day or after you get home. Consult with your doctor to insure your goals are healthy for you.
Be detailed – write down exactly what you plan to lose each month. Shoot for one-fourth that amount every week. Include in your plan exactly what you will eat, recipes, phrases and tactics you can consult to fight temptation, what exercises you will use and when, ie. all the tools you have decided upon to wage your new Smart Battle!
Before each new week begins, create the week's plan, with menus, tips and tactics – ie smaller, bite size – to excuse the pun – samples of your overall plan, that make it easier to focus on, to consult and follow directly and accomplish . Remember – shoot for 1/4 your monthly weight loss goal for the week. You only have to get through one week at a time, day by day! The major temptation demons are cut more down to size for you now.
Update your daily schedule calendar and post your goals and list of tools needed where you can see them read through the day. Put a note on your bathroom mirror, on the pantry and frig door, by the computer or TV set, in your car and where you might be tempted to snack or go off the trail. And keep a copy with you!
3. Understand the Enemy
Know in advance that there will likely be ‘enemy' obstacles or set-backs. Know which ones entice you most and be ready with tactics to beat them to the punch! It helps you to maintain a positive attitude – an important element of success. Your confidence will grow with each small victory … and the rewards will begin to multiply.
If you slip up … do not give up! Know that that ‘wanting' to cheat is normal for many if not most. Instead of beating yourself up – just pick yourself up – and resume your daily plan.
Know that you have to get through only three weeks to get your body and inner psyche on board the program to get that old habit under control! Three mere weeks to Freedom! And you only have to focus on that a week at a time if that evil habit rears it's head! Consult your ‘Fight Temptation' tactics you wrote down, and do what you need to do to get past the temptation at hand. stock-piled ‘sin'!
4. Let People Propel You – A support network helps you stay focused and accountable.
Engage someone who has similar goals or who you can trust to help you stay on target. Work out with a buddy, compare notes of progress, strategies, or just ‘report' your progress to that someone at agreed upon schedules. Your journey can be more pleasant with someone cheering you on. But avoid those who seek to tempt you or sabotage your efforts! They are toxic to your success and well-being!
5. Be Committed to Change
Much of human nature looks ‘programmed' to avoid change, but successful self-improvement comes from a firm desire within . A tepid commitment is destined to spell ‘failur-e'.
6. Let Fashion Assist – While You Resist!
If the beach beckons, shop from a growing selection of fashionable suits that help ‘firm' up, whittle down or camouflage those ‘problem' areas! Get in the swim – enjoy yourself – and you'll get needed exercise that will help you melt away those pounds even faster while having healthy fun! Other sports and daily attire offer an array of ‘slimming' apparel that can help you feel confident, while enjoying the benefits of exercise and fun.
A ‘new you' IS doable! Remember to congratulate yourself along the way with small non-food rewards that will keep your attitude positive. Reclaim your life – and achieve success yet this year! Focus on what you want. Know why you want it. Put your Smart Plan of Action on paper. Then – commit yourself to set forth in the smaller, easier steps to your weight loss resolve-come-true!
You'll be singing a new tune before you know it, as those ‘weight loss blues' fade into a rosy sunset.