Saturday, December 31, 2011

Resolutions for 2012

Here we are again. The day of "last suppers", "this is the last time I'll eat ___________", and "I'm going to start going to the gym five times every week."

If you are saying these things to yourself (again), you'll likely be saying the same thing to yourself again this time next year. I did it for so many years before I finally realized these resolutions were not realistic or actionable. If you truly want to lose weight and get healthy for 2012, ditch all of these resolutions and cancel your order for the commercial diet plan. There is a better way!

Make one resolution - to make a lifestyle change
The year I finally started making progress toward my weight loss goals, I resolved to make small changes slowly with mini-goals. If I messed up, I started over. When I achieved a goal, I gave myself a non-food reward and started on another small goal. Soon, these became habits and I managed to lose 40 pounds.

Pick one small goal today
Today, pick a small goal like reducing soda intake or walking for 30 minutes three times per week. When you conquer this goal, move on to the next. And, don't forget to take your "good-bye" photos. They will be fun to look at this time next year when you are celebrating your accomplishments instead of having your "last supper".