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New Year, New You: Tips on How to Stick to your New Year’s Resolution

Brandon

February 5, 2015
Brandon

The New Year came and you made your resolution to drop those frustrating few pounds you had expected to gain over the holidays. Now it’s time to stick to your word and go to the gym!  BUT, it gets dark on the way home from work, it’s freezing cold out, and of course a Harry Potter marathon is on TV. You can’t think of anything better to do than sit on the couch in your snuggie with your dog, a nice hot cup of cocoa, and a whole buttery bag of popcorn and peanut M&Ms to binge eat while you watch your movies for rest of the night. I know from experience the pain and gain from doing this, so I’m here to help!

Here are some tips to help you stick to that New Year’s Resolution, get your mind away from those winter blues, and ready for that bathing suit you’ll have to put on in a few months!

 

  1. Make peace with your favorite treats

Chocolate, soda, lattes…clearly common favorites.  When we diet, we tend to completely ban these things we love. But, this can backfire if you don’t approach with ease.  By all means, this means not having them at your fingertips at home staring at you the moment you walk through the door, practically screaming “EAT ME!” However, do allow yourself a treat once or twice a week to ease your mind and let yourself know that after a hard week of working out and eating right, you deserve to have that little piece of chocolate or that delicious new flavored latte at Dunkin Donuts.  Give yourself some credit!  Don’t deprive yourself forever or one night in the house can turn real ugly, real fast (I’ve done it).

 

  1. Portion Control- everyone’s WORST enemy, but the most important of them all

Okay guys.  I know sometimes hours and hours go by when you’re at work and there is absolutely no time in the world to eat.   But eating only when we’re hungry, or should I say…waiting to eat until we’re so hungry we could eat our desk… is a bad idea because you’ll end up eating way more than you’re supposed to.  Been there, done that…trust me, you won’t feel great afterwards and it’s not worth it.   However, giving yourself portions of five small meals a day, eaten 2-3 hours apart, with LOTS of water – I promise it’s enough to keep you full all day long.  Snack on plenty of nuts, a piece of fruit, or almond butter in between.

Keeping yourself full all day by eating the correct portions every few hours will keep from stuffing your face.  By doing this, you’re forcing your metabolism to speed up because you are keeping it functioning all day instead of just two or three times a day and at completely different times each day. It’s important to keep your body on a routine. Implementing portion control and maintaining a routine with your eating habits, accompanied by a little bit of walking on the treadmill or doing a few at home work-outs  a couple times a week, will get you exactly where you want to be.  It will take time, don’t get me wrong, but it’s a giant step in the right direction and you’ll feel less bloated and totally satisfied.

 

  1. Set a goal or have a friend hold you accountable

Yes, setting a goal is easy, but not reaching it because life takes over is also an easy thing to happen.  However, when you have support from friends and family, it makes your goals a heck of a lot easier to accomplish.  Set a realistic goal.  Of course, you absolutely cannot lose 10 lbs in 1 day (I wish). As long as you set a realistic goal and know that with time and effort, it’s possible, it will help, and once you start seeing results, it’s all smiles from there.

Going to the gym with a friend or family member is great.  Knowing there’s someone next to you feeling that same pain on the treadmill will give you motivation to push harder!  They become your support system, morally and mentally, and hold you accountable to your goal and help you reach it.  It’s good for someone to be there to remind you of all the hard work you’ve put in and that it’s not worth it to eat that ENTIRE bag of cookies that’s in the kitchen at work.  It becomes easier once you realize someone is there for you!  Doing simple things like this will give you the willpower to stick to it and keep yourself on a good routine.

 

Before 2015 hit, you know you went all out, stuffed your faces with food, and prepared yourself for Dec 31, 2014 to come to an end without changing your bad eating habits! I personally know the struggle, as we all do, when Jan 1st 2015 hit, it was time for us to do what we promised ourselves and drop those pounds! As hard as it can be in the winter, without the hot sun glowing on your face and the beach calling your name, it’s important to stick to what you promised yourself and hit the gym, rain or snow!

A few simple adjustments to your everyday lifestyle will gradually bring you closer to keeping your New Year’s Resolution in focus.  It’s okay to slip and fall, but don’t allow that to destroy your mindset.  Get yourself back up and know tomorrow is a new day, a new you.  Don’t do it for anyone but yourself.  You deserve it!