I know some of you are planning to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style or at home. You are busy planning one last hurrah before you attack your resolution to lose weight. You’re going to consume copious amounts of food and alcohol tonight. However, what happens when you wake up and it’s January 1, 2017? Are you any more prepared to lose weight and live a healthy and active lifestyle? Probably not, because you didn’t plan and a failure to plan is a plan to fail. There is still time to set yourself up for success!
Here are 10 tips to ensure you start your weight loss lifestyle off right
Every success story had a plan, sit down today and plan what foods you need to buy to embark on your healthy lifestyle journey. Also, determine your caloric deficit to lose a healthy amount of weight based on your needs and activity.
2. Out with the Old
You might not like it, but you will have to throw away the cookies, and all the unsavory food products lurking in your pantry, freezer, and refrigerator. Out with the old foods and make room for the new eating habits you will develop.
3. Grocery Haul
I went grocery shopping today and found great deals on lettuce, and fresh veggies that are set to be sold by January 3rd. Grocery stores are making room for new shipments, now is the time to stock up on produce and meat. I have prepared like usual to have a healthy brunch tomorrow with eggs, veggies, tea, and fruit ready for brunch tomorrow. My meals rarely change and I like to eat the same foods weekly. So, the day is still young for most of you to head out to your local grocer, and set yourself up for success for tomorrow.
4. Let’s Get Physical
Getting physical is the last thing you probably want to do, but learning to love exercising will benefit you in the long run. Gyms will be offering great bargains on memberships in the new year, join or recommit to use that membership you already own. You don’t have to spend an exuberant amount of time in the gym. Start small with a goal of 3-4 times a week for 20-30 minutes.
5. Renew, Repeat, & Never Accept Defeat
Renew your commitment to living healthy daily! Feed your mind, body, and soul with good sources of nourishment. Never accept defeat or setbacks as the reason to call it quits. Don’t be too hard on yourself, if you overeat or eat the wrong foods, don’t binge! You will only add to the problem and can put on more weight, accept you had that cookie and make the next meal count.
Sleep is necessary to function properly and lose weight. I recommend tracking your sleep patterns for about 2 weeks to determine how much sleep you need. Strive to be asleep the same time every night, and turn off electronics 45 minutes before bed. I find 30 minutes is not enough time for me to fall asleep after being online or watching television. Get everyone in your house of a schedule and get 6-8 hours of sleep.
Drink plenty of water, avoid dehydrating drinks, and avoid sugary soda.
8. Reduce Your Stress
This tip is the hardest for any of us to practice. I love this prayer, God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference. You can only control what you can; worrying won’t change your situation. Pray, attend church, journal, meditate, do yoga. Eliminate contact with stressful people and avoid situations that cause you stress.
9. Meal Prep
Meal prepping is truly the way to guarantee you don’t consume the wrong foods. I prep enough meals on Sunday for 4 days of nutritious eating. Slow and steady wins the race, don’t resolve to eliminate sugar, sodium, carbs, dairy, and meat all at the same time. Remember, don’t eliminate everything all at once you will not make it this way.
10. Gym Plan
Schedule a time to exercise and don’t let anything break that date. I find mornings easier to exercise, evenings are plagued with meetings, or other unforeseen circumstances. Mornings or evenings it doesn’t matter, just pick a time, and plan out your workouts.