I have one thing I want to ask of you as you set your weight loss goal for the New Year and for January specifically:
Please don’t set your goal on a number. Yes, I know this may sound crazy. But here’s the thing…
The scale is a BEAST! Yes, a crazy little beast that lives in your house that messes with your head and your motivation. And it moves up and down for various reasons that have nothing to do with your progress or lack of progress. Ever notice that? You do everything right and it goes up, everything wrong and it goes down. It’s a crazy little beast!
So this is what I would ask for you to do:
Set a goal of how many times you will exercise each week during January. See, there’s nothing to blame if you skip that. You can’t say you didn’t exercise because of extra water weight, or muscle soreness or any other of the million reasons the scale can go up. Now you could blame yourself if you set up something ridiculous and you can’t make it happen. For example, you say you are going to exercise 6 days a week for 3 hours a day. Oh, and you are a mom, wife, have a job, go to school, need to eat, sleep, and other rather important things. I would bet that your goal of 6 days a week for 3 hours a day is quickly going to go out the window. But…
What about a goal of 3 days a week for 30 minutes? Can you start there for January? If you do I bet that you will see the scale start to go down (though you aren’t checking 😉 ). And you will be implementing habits that will last all year long. Who knows, after you figure out how to make 3 days a week work maybe in February you will be able to exercise 4 days a week. Or keep with 3 days but make it 45 minutes each time?
Food issues need a whole post, but one simple tip is DON’T say you are going to never eat ______ again. If you really want to cut something out completely maybe say you won’t eat it for 6 days and then on the 7th day you can. (In moderation.) After a while you may not need that cheat day for it and will be able to fully cut it out of your diet. It’s better to cut soda (or your bad habit of choice, mine would be pizza) out and actually do it then say you are going to never eat sugar again and end up going crazy 5 days into your plan! And maybe you realize that you are okay with having whatever ‘it’ is in your diet. You need to make this work for you, learn and be inspired by others but it’s YOUR life. The other trick is to find yummy food replacements. I love ice cream so I have Shakeology everyday. It’s win/win, I get ice cream like food without the calories I don’t need.
Thank you for a wonderful year. You keep me on track, motivated, and I am excited to see you succeed!