It’s that time of year again. The time of year when New Years resolutions slip to the back of our minds and we slowly creep back into our bad habits. Losing weight and getting fit is the number 1 New Years resolution on most people’s lists. But for the vast majority of people, they never actually achieve their goals of getting into shape. There’s a number of reasons why this happens.
Firstly, most people don’t actually have a goal! They just want to “lose weight” or “get fit”. But how much weight do you want to lose? How fit do you want to be? See, without a specific goal, it’s so easy to lose sight of what we want to achieve and we can fall back into our comfort zone and right back to where we started. Setting yourself a goal is so important when starting a new health and fitness regime. So spend some time thinking about your goal and write it down to keep you focused.
Right, so you’ve set your goal and you’re ready to go. But 2 weeks in and you’ve lost all motivation. What happened? I’ve got my goal, why isn’t this easy? Just because you’ve set yourself a goal, doesn’t mean you’re automatically on the road to success! Your goal has to mean something to you. Why do you want to achieve your specific goal? How is your life going to benefit from achieving it? How are you going to feel once you’ve achieved it? Having an emotional attachment to your goal is really important.
Let’s say you want to lose 2 stone. Why do you want to lose 2 stone? How are you going to feel once you’ve lost that 2 stone? Something I ask my clients to do is spend some time alone and write down why they have chosen their particular goal. I ask them to imagine they are in the future, and that they have achieved the goal that they set out to achieve. How does it feel? How good does it feel? If their goal is to lose weight, how does it feel to be wearing clothes 1 or 2 sizes smaller? How does it feel when you look in the mirror and see the new you? Focusing on those positive feelings can be a real boost for your motivation when you are struggling.
Another really important part of making sure you stick to your new regime and keeping you on the road to glory is regular monitoring of your progression. You need to check that what you are doing is working. There are many ways of monitoring your progression. If your trying to lose weight or tone up, you can take measurements to check you are losing inches. You can weigh yourself, but be careful! If you are doing some form of resistance training, you may be building muscle and burning fat at the same time, so the scales can be misleading as muscle weighs more than fat, so measuring or taking regular pictures is the best way. Seeing positive changes will motivate you to you keep going. `So if you’re not already doing so, find a way to monitor your progress. That way, if you’re not moving in the right direction, you can make changes to ensure you get back on track.
So, lets get setting or re-evaluating those goals instead of waiting until next New Year…..again!