Every year around this time I used to start making my list of New Year Resolutions just like everyone else around me. My list always, always, always had “lose weight” in it and I was determined as ever to “eat right,” “work out,” and watch the pounds come off. Each year though was an epic fail.
Well, I did not have the proper information to ever make my resolution stick. Around this time, I was being mentally saturated with TV commercials, shows, episodes, internet posts, ads, etc. draining me with diets, pills, routines, dvds, gym memberships, etc. that all promised to be what I needed in order to “lose weight fast.” Too bad each time my eyes went directly to the super tiny, almost invisible text that told me “these results are not typical.”
The above is a major reason why I think people who set up New Year Resolutions have such a hard time keeping to them. We have the best intentions, positive energy and desire but are ill-equipped with the information we really need.
Think about it. People just make more money when they sell you these products and by never giving you the real information you need, the system is setting you up to always need them and pay them up. My two cents anyways.
This is the information you really need to understand:
1. What do you REALLY want? Most likely, if you want to “lose weight” you don’t mean that. You want tolose fat and preserve as much lean body mass as possible. Start with that knowledge.
2. This will take more time than you want or think – be patient. There is NO short, quick fix to lose this permanently. If you want to lose 20 pounds in a month, yes, you can do it, but I can almost guarantee you will gain it right back and then some. If you are looking for a quick fix, I’m sorry, can’t help – I am genuinely interested in something that will stick and be permanent.
3. Your main goal is made up of smaller, mini-goals. You cannot try to build your dream body in one day. You should consider building smaller habits that will create a lifestyle for you over time. You want to just be on auto-pilot at the gym, eating clean, and living a healthier life? AWESOME. You want to jump from 0-100 overnight when the clock ticks January 1? That will be really tough to keep. Just being honest here. Check out my willpower post on why.
I am giving you this information because in the lifetime in which I realized my weight was a problem and tried to do lots of things about it, I never saw this marketed to me. This is years of experimental research on myself laid out to you in simple, real, talk.
It’s not selling you a product, pill, magazine, tv ad, fad diet, nothing. Just telling you conceptually what you need to know. The “HOW” is covered all over this site – just take a look at the different posts – it’s an internet representation of my pursuit of health and happiness for you to read for free.
What’s better is you can really apply the above to whatever your New Year Resolution may be, even if it has nothing to do with fat loss and pursuing a healthier lifestyle. The steps remain true. You have a main goal and mini-goals that need to get done before the main goal is finished. The mini-goals are habits you need to build up to one-by-one. Once you accomplish one, you tackle mini-goal two, get it into auto-pilot mode and keep it going. This is much more sustainable on your person and ultimately you have no choice but to reach your main goal. Trust, it will feel amazing. Trust that you got this and trust that I am here for you!