If you are like me, you’ve made some resolutions or “intentions” as I like to call them for 2022, yes?
One of my intentions is to lose some weight that’s been lingering for far too long on my body. The thing about resolutions is that most don’t have a plan in place for actually accomplishing them. So, year after year, they have the same New Year’s resolution because their goal was never achieved.
Has this happened to you?
How can you change this relentless pattern?
The S.M.A.R.T. goal system is not new, but it is effective. This system can help you accomplish what you set out to do and reach your goals in a timely fashion.
Specific. Be explicit in what you want. Write down a specific number of pounds that you would like to lose.
Measurable. Weigh yourself every week and take note of your weight change, either up or down. Keep track of this in a journal.
Attainable. Small goals lead to larger goals and are often easier to reach. The success of reaching these small goals will keep you motivated.
Realistic. Understand what your body is capable of doing and set your goals accordingly. If you’ve never run before, heading out at 6:00 a.m. in the morning for 5 miles is not realistic.
Timely. Keep your goal in focus by setting a completion date. Having said this, ensure the date is realistic. Wanting to lose 50 lbs. by January 31st will only set you up for disappointment.
In addition, here are some more weight loss tips to help you succeed with your New Year’s resolution … intentions:
Have a plan of action. How much weight do you want to lose? Break your total down into a series of smaller attainable goals. For example, plan to lose ____ pounds by ____ (date). Make these goals realistic, and then follow a plan of diet and exercise to achieve them.
Reducing your daily calorie intake will require healthy eating choices. Consult your physician for recommended nutritional guides, and choose the one that works best for you.
Get off the Couch. Set a reasonable exercise schedule to help you with your weight loss goal.
Keep your exercise goals realistic. Start small if you need to, and then increase your regimen. For example, running 5 miles every day will burn off a lot of calories, but it may not be feasible for you. You may need to first try walking to build up some stamina, and then add in running little by little.
Setting goals, which are too far from your normal activities, will quickly wear you out and discourage you. Start small and build on each success. Increase your exercise time (or treadmill speed, or incline, etc.) by a small increment each week.
Exercising a little bit each day will increase your energy and help you become healthier. You don’t need a gym membership or expensive exercise equipment either. Walk or run around your neighborhood or go online to find exercise classes.
Get Support. The people who are usually the most successful in losing weight and keeping it off are the ones who have a great support system. Your support team will encourage you, work out with you, and bring you confidence when times are tough.
Losing weight is possible for anyone who approaches the challenge wisely. With some careful planning and determination, your weight loss goal can certainly become a reality in the New Year.
My best advice is to sit down and PLAN IT OUT. The road to good health requires a road map, right?
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Yours in health and wellness,
Francine Alleyne (RHNP™)
Holistic Nutritionist, Registered Holistic Nutrition Practitioner™
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DISCLAIMER: Please consult your healthcare practitioner if you are experiencing any symptoms. I am not a doctor. This post and anything else you find on my website is intended for informational, educational and self-empowerment purposes ONLY and is not intended to treat or diagnose any condition or disease.