New Year’s Eve is only six days away. Some folks are already planning that new diet, having indulged too much over Christmas. I’m glad that I’m not in that boat, but as a life coach, see many people considering that fateful resolution to lose weight.
That’s not necessarily a bad goal, but without an action plan, it stays a dream. If you aren’t having any luck with long-term weight control, here are some tips to finally see some success this year.
- Get support. I watched my friend Sean Anderson blog his way down from 505 lbs to less than half that weight. Getting some sort of support seems to help many to win the battle of the bulge. If you don’t like to write, try one of the 12 step support systems, like Overeaters Anonymous. But going it alone never seems to result in long-term success.
- Are there any foods that have ‘more’ written all over them? I found that when I eat foods with sugar or flour as an ingredient, I cannot stop. So, I am better off not eating a bite, then I don’t have to worry about eating the whole bag. If there are some foods that have the same effect on you, consider giving them up for a month to just try it out. If you add them back in, do it slowly to see if the cravings come back.
Move your body! Exercise is good for both the mind and the body! You would think that exercise would make you tired, but I find it has the exact opposite effect; I have energy! Start out slow and easy. If you join a gym, consider the investment of a personal trainer who can design a program just for you. There’s always bike riding and/or walking which give a great cardio work out, at no expense to you.
- Monitor your calories and exercise with an online program. I’ve discovered My Fitness Pal, which helps me to track my progress. It’s very easy to use, and can be updated on either my computer or my smart phone app.
If you would like a little kick start, contact me for a complimentary coaching session – I’d be happy to help you get started.