Its that time again…
The New Year is here and that means millions of people will make a resolution to lose weight.
Most people however will fall off the bandwagon within the first month of the New Year.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
The key to crushing your health and fitness goals is proper preparation. Not only should you have a solid exercise and nutrition plan to follow, but you should also have a driving force that will serve as motivation for when you hit the rough patches.
One thing you always need to remember is that transforming your body is a process. And depending on how much weight you need to lose, that process can take several months.
The problem is most people start losing their motivation within the first week or two.
Fortunately for you there are a few simple things you can do to combat this sudden loss of motivation.
Here are 4 things you can do that will keep you motivated and ensure you crush your fitness goals this year.
Set Micro Goals
While its important to have bigger, long term goals, it is just as important to have smaller micro goals. Sometimes your long term goals can seem too overwhelming.
By breaking it down into smaller micro goals things start to seem a bit more manageable and not so daunting.
The great thing about micro goals is they can be anything you want them to be. For example, you can set a micro goal to do 20 minutes of cardio every morning. Or to drink a gallon of water everyday.
These small micro goals will serve as milestones as you work your way towards your long term goal.
One of the best micro goals you can set is to prepare a weeks worth of meals in advance. All it takes is one day a week and about 2 hours of your time.
Preparing your meals in advance makes it a lot easier to stick with your eating plan during the week. Being that you already have everything prepared you will be less likely to slip up and eat something that will set you back.
Take Progress Photos
Before you start your fitness journey grab a camera and take a before picture.
Most people hate the idea of putting on a swimsuit to take before pictures but trust us, your before pictures will be the most important pictures you will take throughout your journey.
Your before pictures will serve as a source of motivation that you can go back and look at anytime you feel like quitting.
We recommend you take pictures once a week. This way you will be able to see undeniable proof that your hard work is paying off.
Throughout your journey you will have days when the scale doesn’t move like you hoped it would. Those days can be very difficult to bounce back from.
Being able to go back and look at your photos from day one will give you the energy you need to keep going.
Keep a Journal
Its not enough to just take before and after photos, you also need to journal your progress from day to day.
Having a journal makes it easy to track your daily workouts, the food you are eating, how much weight you are lifting, and so much more.
As the saying goes, what gets measured gets improved. You can’t continue to make progress if you aren’t tracking and measuring everything.
Tracking your progress also serves as a form of motivation and accountability.
If you prefer not to use a traditional journal, you can also use fitness apps such as MyFitnessPal and BodySpace to keep track of your nutrition and workouts.
Ditch The All or Nothing Approach
When it comes to losing weight everything is not black and white. There is no such thing as perfection.
When you take the all or nothing approach you set yourself up for failure.
The best approach to losing weight is one that is well balanced and easily sustainable.
Your diet should not be so strict that it only consists of the same two or three foods over and over again.
Instead it should consist of a variety of different foods.
Keep in mind you are working towards making all new lifestyle changes. The key is to learn how to eat.
Truth is, you really can eat whatever you want as long as you stay within your calorie range.
However, that’s not to say you should eat any and everything.
You don’t just want to lose weight, you also want to be healthy. So while we do encourage you to eat the foods you love, we encourage you to do so in moderation.
For example, you can enjoy your favorite piece of pie, just don’t enjoy the whole pie. Its all about moderation and learning how to make healthy substitutions to ensure you always make progress.