This post was sponsored by Puritan’s Pride. All opinions expressed are my own.
The only thing I feel like I can count on more than making a New Year’s resolution this year is the regret I’ll feel the rest of the 11 months for not sticking to it. Let’s face it; it’s hard to change.
You might remember a couple of months ago when I mentioned my plan to take part in the One Small Change challenge. Well I did, and I am surprised at how quickly I could adapt to making that change and how quickly it became a part of my life. At that time, I made the commitment to exercise at least 30 minutes every single day, and I was able to stick to it by making exercise fun, including my family, and reaping the benefits. When I made the commitment, I felt like I was on top of the world and it would come pretty easy to me. After all, what is 30 minutes? In reality, I have appreciated the benefits of spending 30 minutes exercising daily, but I have noticed that, at times, it’s hard to fit it in between chauffeuring the kids, making dinner, and keeping the house clean.
One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight, and I’ve already learned how sticking to One Small Change can help me reach a goal like that. Now, this in itself is not a negative goal. Losing weight and making sure we are in the medically recommended BMI range is something super positive; I applaud anyone making a step towards that. But how many of us stick to those goals? Why do we make such rigid and harsh goals for ourselves only to quit before we have even started.
The answer is very simple. One of two things is happening here. Either we have made a fitness goal that is so harsh and so rigid that it’s impossible to stick to it or we underestimate what needs to be done and make goals that are so small that we quit because we aren’t seeing any results.
There is no magic device to be brought in here; to reach your weight-loss goals, you must burn more calories than you take in. Believe it or not, the mystery is in plain view. The only way to lose weight is diet and exercise. Now, I don’t mean a crash diet where you only eat one type of food and you involve yourself in a group that meets once a week and shuns people who start eating cheeseburgers. If you are one of these people, you’ve already set yourself up for failure. By a diet, I mean the things you eat. This means you eat high-quality, healthy foods at every meal and control your portions.
As far as exercise is concerned, you would be surprised how far 30 minutes a day can take you. If you spend more than an hour a day checking your social media sites, then you have 30 minutes to go outside and get your body moving. Don’t want to go outside? Fine, you have 30 minutes to get your body moving inside too. I like to spend a portion of my day, with the music turned up loud, just taking a break from it all to get moving around the house. Even if I am dancing while I am sweeping the floor, it’s all part of the change I am going to make this year.
So take this time to reevaluate the type of fitness goal you have given yourself this year. If you have not made one, go ahead. What is stopping you?
Doctors recommend 30 minutes a day of exercise for optimal health anyway. If you aren’t getting that, see where you can fit it in. As far as portion control and losing weight are concerned, I suggest one of the many calorie-counting websites. Not only are these helpful for tracking what you eat, but they also allow you to add and motivate friends. Logging your food gives you an opportunity to see where your biggest calories come from and helps you make better choices when it comes to the calories and fat content of the food you eat. I found that breakfast was one of my highest-calorie meals, so I started adding a smoothie to the mix.
If and when you start feeling overwhelmed by your New Year’s resolution, give yourself a little reboot. Without the right tools, you could not complete your goal anyway. Take a step back and make a clear and concise goal. Wanting to lose weight is not a clear goal. Wanting to look fabulous in new outfits isn’t a clear goal either, although it is definitely part of my goal.
A clear goal means committing to making a small change and sticking to it. Committing to exercising 30 minutes a day and committing to losing exactly 25 pounds is an example to follow. A clear goal is substituting one meal a day with a fresh and healthy salad or substituting your breakfast coffee and donuts with a fruit smoothie.
If you give yourself a clear goal, you won’t need to reboot your New Year’s resolution if you fall off track; just get back on where you left off. Make sure you have the right tools at hand. Make clear goals, and write them down in a place where you can visually see them if you have to. Make some pacts with your girlfriends to keep you motivated, and make sure you are getting enough vitamins and minerals to keep your body and mind healthy. An important part of my personal weight loss and fitness journey has been making sure I take my Women’s One Daily Multivitamins every day in addition to my Puritan’s Pride fish oil supplements and my smoothie with added vanilla protein powder. This helps me start the day right, stay positive, feel great and keep working towards my goals. Once you achieve your goal, and you will, it’s all just maintenance from there. Good luck!
We are attending a twitter party for Puritan’s Pride tomorrow! Take a look at the details below:
Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Time: 9:00 p.m.
Topic/Title: Resolution Reboot with @PuritansPride