Every New Year’s we all say the same thing…
“I’m gonna do it this year!”
There’s never any doubt that we all mean it when we plan to lose weight. We make New Year’s Resolutions and make great plans but it never seems to work out for most of us. Workouts and nutrition and all the science behind losing weight is great, but in the end it’s a lifestyle change that means losing weight.
So how do you do it?
The first thing you must do is set a realistic goal and make that the number one priority. This past year my goals were more about performance than number raw numbers, but the main thing I had to focus on was making sure my 50 hour-a-week work schedule didn’t eliminate training time.
Most of you probably have a job that can be demanding at times so training can be difficult. I recommend a membership at a 24-hour gym or buying workout equipment for the home. I found a gym that charged $20 a month for all-day access and after many long days at the store I found myself on a treadmill at midnight.
It’s not glamourous, but it’s not supposed to be. It’s about results, not style!
Secondly, don’t sabotage yourself at home! The hardest thing to do is getting rid of the junk food! Go through your kitchen and throw away, that’s right, THROW AWAY all the chips, cookies and soda you have and make a trip to the store with a healthy shopping list and stock up. I found great lists on bodybuilding.com to get me started and it was a great help.
Finally, a support system is vital to success. When I have a bad workout, my girlfriend hears about it. My Twitter hears about it. I tell the world! When people know that are in the middle of a lifestyle change, most are sympathetic and will offer advice and support.
Though there are some that won’t so it’s a great way to learn who your friends are!
The key to losing weight, or making a lifestyle change as I call it, is to set yourself up for success. Don’t wait until January 1st. Proper planning always guarantees success. The best advice I ever received was that no matter how far you fall off the path, you can always get back on. Plan ahead, work hard and make 2011 your best year!