Kiss your unhealthy habits goodbye BEFORE New Years this year!
Let’s make a deal eh? This year we will save our New Years resolution for something that has nothing to do with weight loss. Every year I write about the “weight loss resolution”...but not this year! I strongly believe that we have bigger fish to nfry so think outside the box about a resolution that will impact another important aspect of your life.
What I will do is guide you through the holiday season so that we end up on New Years’ doorstep lean and clean, ready to conquer 2013! WOW!
Short Term Goals
It’s much more realistic to set a goal that you can focus on staying faithful to for a short amount of time rather than an entire year. With six weeks until New Years, we have the perfect amount of time to set realistic short term goals. In 6 weeks we can create lasting improvements to our lifestyle rather than the quick 6 day slim down type of goals that we get ourselves into throughout the year. This year we will start 2013 stronger, smarter, better than we did last year. Here are some ideas for short term goals to adapt to your own personal New Years Prep Plan:
#riseNgrind - Consistency is the key. The more you make decisions that will move you toward your goal, the more likely you will get there sooner. The fit-est people that I know make it a priority to wake up and get in there exercise before anything else in the day. Weather it is the gym or at home, get up and get moving! Try new things and don’t be discouraged by time, even 20 minutes of light cardio is a great start and better than nothing. This will help you make better decisions throughout the day as well. Find your fix; is it a sweat drenching spin class? or a fresh start with a yoga class? Is it a date with your ipod and the treadmill? How about an at home plan from Beachbody’s amazing line of DVDs? http://www.beachbody.com/
For a sample plan that I made for a friend check out http://www.westhollywoodcentral.com/blogs/friends-dont-let-friends-get-fat-2.html
#motivation - Anyone who has made lasting changes to their lifestyle has had this. What motivates you? Why do you want to be the best that you can be? What other areas of your life would be positively influenced if you felt better about yourself physically? Figure it out and constantly remind yourself. Most of this is related to the ability to stay strong mentally, so once you figure out why, figure out how you will avoid your personal temptations and create a healthy, encouraging environment for you to thrive.
#EatForFuel (not for fun) - You generally know the difference between foods and beverages that are “right” or “wrong” for your personal goal. Take personal inventory of your eating habits and work on making small changes. The three most beneficial changes that I have seen work for people are cutting out breads and pastas span>, cutting out sugars and sweets and measuring meals to correctly size portions. Breads and sweets will be tough to go without the first few days if your body is accustomed to having them but soon the incredible benefits of cutting them out will encourage you to keep it up. To correctly size portions, use measuring tools such as cups or a food scale. If you aren’t keen on being the chef, use the image below to help you decide how much of your meal to have now and how much to save for later.
For healthy meal ideas, check out some of my previous posts:
Like any other great accomplishment, a healthy lifestyle takes dedication and commitment. Each and every person will pave their own, unique path to success. What can you do for yourself by January 1st, 2013? How will you start your best year yet?
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