Every new year you may set what seems like a simple goal for yourself: LOSE WEIGHT or GET IN SHAPE.
Seems simple enough. So why is it that by mid January you are paying $10/$20/$30 per month to sit on your couch with your old friends Ben and Jerry?
It can be incredibly overwhelming to enter a gym with the goal to lose weight. You may have no clue where to begin or what exactly you should be doing. You may know what to do but don’t like doing it and therefore, don’t stick with it. You may be expecting immediate results. You may have begun a fad diet or restricted yourself of the joy of eating. Let me tell you that you are simply setting yourself up for failure.
You will not walk into a gym, workout for an hour and suddenly be able to fit into your favorite pair of jeans. I am sorry to be the one to give you such a rude awakening.
Your goal can be achieved if you take baby steps to get there. Instead of giving yourself a large goal: I want to lose 20 lbs, try setting smaller more immediate goals. For example:
This week I will workout 3 times for 30 minutes. Next week you may decide to workout 4 times for 30 minutes or 3 times for 40 minutes, etc. These are more attainable goals and will keep you on track.
If your goal is weight loss, you will also need to focus on nutrition. Erase the word diet from your vocabulary. Start small. Start by tracking your food on www.livestrong.com/myplate or spark people. See where you can begin to cut out 50 – 100 calories per day.
START SMALL. You are more likely to stay on track and reach your goals. I will be the first to tell you that it won’t happen overnight but it will happen.