It's almost that time of you. New Years is around the corner, everyone's purchasing their gym memberships and getting ready to rock their new Christmas kicks. I love New Years for a few reasons. The first being, seeing how many people in the early weeks of the New Year, commit themselves to trying to better their bodies. Although a lot of them die out after a month or so, what an awesome sight to see so many people at least try. Trying is the hardest part. Getting up, putting on the workout clothes, and getting your ass to the gym when you'd much rather enjoy another hour of sleep. I commonly hear how packed the gym will be in January and how "annoying" it is, with all the phonies trying to get fit. But I find it to be quiet the opposite. You can't be a phony if you're doing the work, even if it is only for a few months.
When I am working with a new client, or a current one who wants to re-align some goals, I l love to hear their resolutions. It is easy to say I want to lose weight, but why? What is your reasonings. List 5 of them 1 being the most important. Many people say losing weight is their goal, but when you break it down it may truly be because they have a vacation in March that they don't want to feel selfconscious about, while wearing a bikini. We all have different reasonings, yet usually the same goal. To look and feel better about ourselves, overall.
So, you have your goal, how do you stay commited to it? Well, I find that there are a few things you can do to keep the momentum of the New Year going.
1. Hold yourself accountable. I'm a visual person, so I have to have it hanging up in front of me to see daily. Create a calendar that you have to mark off everyday. Hang a motivational picture that will help you haul your ass out of bed for that workout.
2. Consider your lifestyle change. You know you want to make a change, and you also know that you can't keep doing what you've been doing because then no results will come. Make some small changes like buying less junk food while grocery shopping, lay out your gym clothes the night before, switch over from sugary coffees to green tea, etc.
3. Get a buddy. Find someone you can workout with, or communicate with about your new journey you've set out on. Whether it is a personal trainer you hire for assistance, a friend to workout with together, or a co-worker you've decided to eat healthier lunches with, having a companion is always helpful!
4. Eating out. No one is saying deprive yourself of anything, that is something I am strongly against. Deprivation causes more binges. When eating out, think veggies, veggies, veggies. Vegetables make you full, and you're filling your body with the right amount of nutrients it needs. If you're like me, you enjoy an appetizer and entree. Look for something that is high in protiens (plant or animal based) and low with unhealthy fats and carbs. Example, mexican food I'd go for a guacamole with chips to share and my entree grilled chicken fajitas without the tortilla.
5. Water. Drink it. Many people don't realize that they struggle with weight loss because they don't drink enough water. When your body is dehydrated it will hold on to water weight. So, make sure to constantly replenish your body with water. Add fruits like lemon, strawberries and oranges to jazz up your water.