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Every year, people all over the country make New Year’s fitness and weight loss resolutions only to abandon them 2 or 3 weeks in. Why do such good intentions fade so quickly? Why can’t we lose weight, get fit, and stick with healthy goals? Here are 5 reasons you may have failed in the past and 5 ways to change it around and finally reach those goals.
Problem 1: You haven’t really set a well-defined goal, written it down, complete with sub-goals, action items, and dates to complete them. If a goal isn’t written and broken down into manageable pieces, it’s doomed from the start.
Solution: Follow the SMART goal formula, and write it down.
SMART is an acronym that stands for:
S – Specific: How much weight exactly do you want to lose? Or what dress size do you want to be? Or how many calories a day do you want to eat?
M – Measurable: What gets measured gets managed. You have to regularly weigh yourself, do circumference measurements, weigh and measure your food.
A – Attainable: Is your goal challenging but realistic? Have you given yourself enough resources to achieve the goal you want?
R – Relevant: Is this your goal, not your husband’s, wife’s, or parents’ goal for you? Do you have a specific reason for wanting this goal?
T – Timely: Have you assigned a date by which you will achieve your goal? Is it realistic?
Problem 2: You procrastinate. You’re waiting for the beginning of the week, month, year. You’re waiting till after that big event (Wedding, Bar Mitzvah, Christmas, Family Reunion, etc.).
Solution: Just do it. Get started. There will always be another big event/holiday on the horizon. While you’re waiting for the perfect time, time will be racing on without you. While I enjoy setting New Year’s Resolutions myself, I also set goals every day of the year, month, week that I feel like it. Waiting for the perfect time is an illusion that will derail your efforts every time.
Problem 3: You don’t know how to start, what to do, or how to do it. There is more information available online than you can take in and most of it contradicts each other.
Solution: Hire an expert, join a group, study what’s out there. I’ll admit right here, I’m biased. I am a former weight loss client, turned trainer, who successfully lost weight with the help of a personal trainer. Trainers know how to help you lose weight through nutrition, exercise, and healthy lifestyle choices. But if you don’t want to work with a trainer, there are other ways. Weight loss groups, fitness classes, even a walking or jogging buddy can help hold you accountable.
Problem 4: You started but had a bad day, week, or month and quit. You decided if you can’t be perfect, you may as well not bother. You got discouraged at your lack of progress and gave up.
Solution: No one is perfect…No One. If you have a bad day, try to keep it to the one day and just get re-started in the morning. If you realize your bad day turned into a week or month, remember why you wanted your goal in the first place and try again. You won’t succeed if you don’t keep trying. Call your fitness expert or your training buddy and ask for a pep talk.
Problem 5: You lost weight but now you’re regaining it.
Solution: Weight loss is temporary. Weight maintenance is for the rest of your life. Losing weight is an achievement to be proud of. However, the new habits you’ve established must become permanent, or you’ll find yourself falling back into old habits that caused the weight gain in the first place.