It just so happens, year after year, that New Year’s resolutions come at a pretty inconvenient time of the year. Several weeks prior to the countdown most of us indulge in Thanksgiving feasts, participate in a pre-holiday shopping frenzy, devour Christmas cookies and do not say “no” to New Year’s Eve drinking!
What an unfortunate chain of events to start a whole new (better) life on the morning of the 1st of January!
There is, however, hope for all of us who decide to make New Year’s resolutions, because committing to them means that we realize the need to change and we appreciate that there is room for improvement in our lives. And those realizations alone are powerful! We are not oblivious to the fact that we need improvements in our lives and that awareness makes us work towards our goals!
And yet the resolutions fail…
We are experts at weight loss in Brooksville and we know all about weight loss-related New Year’s resolutions. No matter how motivated and optimistic our clients are when trying to lose weight on their own, things often do not go as planned.
For that reason, we conducted a “trouble-shooting” survey and prepared a list of the 5 most common reasons why you may not be sticking to your goals.
- You want too much too soon. Rome wasn’t built in a day, be more patient! What you are trying to achieve is a long-lasting, healthy and sustainable weight loss. In fact, weight loss is just a bonus, a consequence of choosing to eat healthier, avoiding empty calories from processed food and exercising more! Stick to your plan and you will see the difference sooner than you expect. If you want to expedite the process, schedule a free consultation with our dietitian in Brooksville.
- Your goal is not specific enough. “I want to lose weight”, “I want to be happy”, “I want to be successful”. Well, who doesn’t? The reason why these resolutions can’t be materialized is because they are too general, too vague. Try to be more specific: how many pounds do you want to shed? What exactly makes you happy? What must happen for you to feel happy? What is your definition of success? Being armed with the definitions will help you set specific goals, e.g. “I want to lose 50 pounds in 6 months” or “I want to get a B2 certificate in French in 2020”. The more specific you are, the easier it is to plan. Remember, those who fail to plan, plan to fail!
- Your goal is unrealistic. It is great to aim high but only if it’s achievable at the stage where you’re at. Perhaps swearing that you will go to the gym 5 times a week in 2020, if you averaged twice a month in 2019, is a bit far fetched? Setting unrealistic, overly ambitious goals is a quick way to guilt and failure. Instead, try to take baby steps: add 10 minutes of exercise to your daily schedule in the first month, increase to 20 next month, etc. Why don’t you replace your morning pasty or granola with a fruit or vegetable? Drastic changes may lead to frustration, but subtle changes will have a powerful cumulative effect if you give it enough time.
In Part 2 of this blog post we will list the other two reasons and motivate you by showing you how to achieve your goals.
Go to: “5 most common reasons why New Year’s resolutions fail and 5 tips for making them work! Part 2.”
At Batista Weight loss and Wellness we believe that successful weight loss depends on two factors – the knowledge about how to lose weight and following through on your weight loss plan. Our dietitian will provide you with a customized weight loss plan, and regular face-to-face interaction and motivation.
To create your own customized weight loss plan with us and achieve sustainable weight loss in Brooksville don’t hesitate to contact us directly at (352) 600-3476 or drop us a visit at our clinic: 443 Mariner Blvd, Spring Hill, FL 34609, USA.
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