Here we are once again at our New Year's resolution.
Talk about a Groundhog Day concept. New Year's is the
ultimate clean slate. Why not? Let's go for it.
The reason most of us don't succeed with our New Year's
resolution is because it's often times an emotional statement
we blurt out with no real plan. This is our year people!
We are going to do it right, and we are going to start
by creating an organized checklist/plan of attack on how
to get it done.
1. Depending on your fitness level the first thing you're
going to do is get the green light from your doc to say
it's OK for you to get going.
2. Map out where your starting point is: current weight,
exercise schedule, foods you are eating, and even some
basic measurements of your body. It's always great to
see where you begin, and it will help you appreciate progress
3. Make a nutritional plan. Sounds crazy, but mapping
out your meals for the week makes a big difference. Do
not reach for food based on how you are "feeling."
No emotional eating; just eat what's on your plan. This
will help you stay on top of food, and allow food to control
you or sabotage your goals.
4. Create an exercise agenda. It's not going to work
to just want to eat better and exercise more. You have
to be specific and define what that really means in your
You should have your food journal, which keeps track
of the food you eat from day to day, andincludes your
original food calendar. This way you can see how close
you are to hitting your mark and note which kinds of situations
throw you off (i.e. stress, poor planning, etc). Not to
mention you will start to see which foods are your Achilles
heal and which ones you reach for most often in the heat
of the moment. Becoming aware is often times half the
You should create a workout journal. Include your cardio,
strength, and even stretching schedules. This should include
how many days a week, for how long, and at what intensity
you are going to work out. Write it all down.
5. Create a great support system. Figure out who is going
to be a part of helping you reach your goals, and who
may need to be kept at bay. Even notice if you have certain
friends that only want to go out and eat certain kinds
of food that may just pull you back into your ways of
old. Try to avoid predictable circumstances that will
6. Make time for some positive reading. It may sound
corny, but create some time every week to read inspiring,
educational, and motivational material. Spending a small
percentage of your week reading materials that are supportive
will help reinforce your morale and give a boost to your
This is it! You can do this, but make a solid plan and
be kind to yourself. If you have an off day or week, just
get back to your plan. That's one of the best things about
making a plan on paper -- you can turn it over to the
schedule, and follow what it says instead of your feelings
at the moment.