Over the next few weeks you are going to witness an onslaught of ads for products and programs designed to aid with every New Year’s fitness or weight loss resolution imaginable. But losing weight and eating healthy are typically the most commonly broken resolutions.
Today I want to share with you the cold hard truth as to why most of us will fail in reaching our New Year’s fitness resolutions and more importantly, what it takes to succeed!
1. You’re not specific enough. What do resolutions like losing weight, quitting smoking and reducing stress all have in common? They’re incredibly vague. When you commit to these goals, what does that actually mean? How much weight do you want to lose? How can you tangibly measure your stress level?
Get specific!! Really sit down and think about it. What do you want? Do you want to fit into your clothes again? Do you want to go all the way and rock a bikini body? Think harder.. Hmmm What do you want your physique to look like? Do you want leaner legs? Would you like an apple bottom? This is about YOU. Be specific. That’s what I loved about talking with that potential client this weekend. Her specific goal is contest prep. Meaning she has to set up those principles now in order to have an enjoyable prep!
Write your goals down somewhere that you will see daily. Long term goals are great but I strongly encourage you to set short-term milestones as well. These keep you motivated and are sort of mile markers on your overall journey.
2. No one is holding you accountable.
You know how all of your runner friends are constantly posting Facebook updates with the stats from their latest jog around the neighborhood? Yeah, it’s annoying sometimes but, I promise it’s not about bragging. It’s about accountability.
Public declarations are a solid psychological tactic proven to increase the likelihood of sticking to your commitments. Whether or not my Facebook friends are actually paying attention to when I post a sweaty selfie, I end up feeling compelled to explain myself when I miss one, or when I have an off day. Tell the people in your life what you’re up to so they can root you on. Keep them informed of your progress. See if someone will take on the challenge with you as a partner. In fact, if it makes sense and you’re comfortable with it, consider creating weekly updates on your FB or Instagram account. There’s a reason why so many people blog their individual weight loss journeys -- by going public, they make themselves accountable to whoever is reading.
3. You didn’t budget for it. Most reputable workout and nutrition plans like bodybuilding.com and Weight Watchers come with a monthly subscription fee. Changing your nutrition can initially create an increase on your grocery bill. And what about gym memberships? Classes at that new fitness studio in town? What’s the monthly financial cost of sticking to your resolution going to be? If you haven’t accounted for these, your best efforts may be limited because you’re not willing to make room in your budget to cover these costs.
The “sunk costs fallacy” is the idea that once we’ve invested in an idea, even if it’s a bad idea, we’re less likely to walk away from it. There’s nothing wrong with investing in an online training plan or in-person weight loss challenge. You’re far less likely to slack off when you’ve paid the registration fee and don’t want to feel like you’ve wasted it.
To be clear, I’m not talking about spending hundreds of dollars on an elliptical that will become a really expensive clothes rack a month from now. Stick to small investments in the beginning, and work your way up to the big stuff later, once it’s clear the habit is firmly established and not going anywhere.
What are your New Year’s resolutions? What are your best tips for staying on track? Let me know and count it towards your public declaration!
Talk to you soon,
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