All right, all right, we are smack dab in the middle of resolution season.
As always weight loss, health and fitness are all at the top of many of our lists. A Twitter poll released last week said that for another year weight loss is the most Tweeted New Year’s resolution.
This is all fine and dandy, but as we all know many of us had this same resolution last year and the year before that and the year before that. So what is the elusive key to sticking to your weight loss resolutions and becoming successful? In my many years of working with people to stop their weight fluctuations and weight “yo-yoing,” I have two main focal points that I think are many times overlooked in the battle against the bulge. Follow these mental techniques and watch your waistline continue to shrink through the spring.
Surround yourself with healthy people
There’s a reason Oprah is friends with Julia Roberts, the Obamas, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, because you are who you surround yourself with.
Just as this principle works in the land of business, it is equally important when it comes to health and fitness. So many times I see people trying very hard to make big strides toward eating healthier, working out more consistently and thinking more positively, but only to stay around the friends and family who helped to get them into their current state.
No tea no shade, but your fat friends are not going to help you do anything but stay fat. If an alcoholic only hung around his or her alcoholic friends while trying to get sober, we would all realize it’s not the right environment. Same holds true for changing your health.
I suggest finding new friends who are fit, healthy and have achieved some of the goals that you would like to achieve. Having a support system really helps change your mindset of what is the norm. If all your friends work out five times a week and eat lots of veggies then guess what, that gradually becomes your new norm. Let’s face it — losing weight and getting fit is hard for everyone, so you don’t need any extra temptations or bad energy around you. If your partner is your partner in crime, but not your partner in health, that’s what Coach G calls a toxic relationship. They need to get on the program or get out. Love wants you to be the best and healthiest you that you can be. Some say you are what you eat, but I say you are whose company you keep.
Focusing on the little things
“I want to lose 30 pounds.” “I want to fit in my skinny jeans.” “I want to run a 5k.”
These are great goals, but they are all many steps down the road from where many of us are starting out. Sometimes looking that far down the road can cause people to feel frustrated when the goals aren’t achieved when they thought they would be. This will clearly be evident six weeks from now in early February when most people will have fallen off the wagon.
People who see progress stay committed. Instead of the last approach, I have had great success with getting my clients to live by this motto: “If you take care of the little things, the big things will take care of themselves.” Focusing on losing 10 pounds or even losing one pound can feel like a big task, but focusing on eating vegetables with two meals a day or getting in three cardio sessions a week can feel more doable.
I usually get the response, “Oh I can do that,” once I break down the small changes that I want them to focus on for their ultimate success. At the end of the day, success in weight loss, health and fitness is like success in other aspects of life; it’s the culmination of doing the small things right. Staying focused and staying consistent on the smaller pieces of the puzzle can go a long way to allowing you to stay on track to accomplishing your goal.
Losing weight and adopting a healthier lifestyle can be one of the hardest, but most rewarding, challenges that anyone can undertake. Though the task can be daunting at times, remember that by surrounding yourself with like-minded friends and keeping your focus on the smaller parts of the goal, your success is right around the corner. And if all else fails, hire someone to help you stay accountable. A financial fitness commitment can do wonders, I know!