10 Reasons Why 88% of New Year’s Resolutions Fail

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10 Reasons Why 88% of New Year’s Resolutions Fail

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The New Year… a new chapter. We set ambitious goals and attempt to confront those areas of our lives that need to be “cleaned up.” Lose weight, get in shape, be more responsible financially, save more, quit smoking… The sad truth though is that only 12% of you will succeed with your resolution!

Losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution so you’re not alone. But the tips below can be applied to just about any resolution so listen up and get it right this year!

#1 - Don’t treat it like a sprint… it’s a marathon.

Focus on one resolution rather than several. Small changes stick better. They are less intimidating and a lot more effective. If you want to lose weight, crash or fad diets, supplements or 5 days a week of boot camp won’t do it. Failure will result in the shame of not succeeding… again. With diet, maybe focus on drinking more water and less soda this week. Next week, consider adding more veggies and fruits. With exercise, begin with lighter weights so you build a foundation and maybe set a target of walking 2 miles a week for the first 3 weeks. Then add or change as the weeks progress.

#2 - Don’t put the cart before the horse.

Adding diet pills or supplements without changing your general diet won’t help you lose weight. It just won’t so don’t lie to yourself and depend on a miracle pill to do the work you need to. Instead, ask yourself “what is the one thing I can do today, right now, towards my goal?”

#3 - Believe in yourself.

This is extremely important. Has anyone ever knocked you down and made you feel bad about yourself? Maybe it’s your own inner voice telling you that you can’t do it. Maybe it’s your spouse! Forget any past failures! You have what all of us have – the drive to get it done. Block out those negative thoughts and try something different. Try believing in yourself whole-heartedly.

#4 - Too much thinking, not enough doing.

Stop with the researching this and that. The formula is simple. A healthy weight = regular exercise + eating a balanced diet of whole foods + drinking lots of water + getting enough sleep. That’s it. Now put the formula to work. Check in with yourself as the weeks go on and make sure you’re keeping to the formula.

#5 - Slow down.

Everyone wants results, results, results! But weight loss is not like a page you click on off the internet. To “download” the extra pounds in a healthy way that keeps them off will take time. It took time to put them on so be patient with the time it will take to take them off.

#6 - Don’t ignore the small successes along the way.

Yes, have a specific goal in mind but celebrate the progress along the way. When a client goes from doing push-ups off their knees to free form push ups or goes from doing only a few crunches to numerous sit-ups, celebrate that! Those are clear signs your body is getting stronger… healthier. Reflect often on what you could do when you started and what you are doing now. That will keep you on the road to success.

#7 - Don’t try too hard.

Stay away from anything cold turkey. Cutting soda outright may prove difficult, but cutting down and weaning yourself is something we all can do. Going from no exercise to going to the gym 5 days a week is a sure way to fail within the first month alone! Again, consistent small steps that are manageable. The best fitness plan is the one that causes the least interruption to your daily life.

#8 - You don’t track your progress.

Set a specific goal. Losing weight is not a specific goal. Losing 10 pounds in 90 days is. Consider keeping notes in your phone or a journal. What worked well for you this week in terms of schedule… diet… exercises? What didn’t? Did you get support from a friend? If you have a personal trainer, did I accomplish more that I could’ve 2 weeks ago? Tracking the progress will help keep you interested and you’ll get more and more motivated as you get closer to your goal.

#9 - You have no emotional support.

A great way to build your self-esteem is to find your cheerleader. That person that has always believed in you no matter. Call them when you need a pep talk. Another great option is working with a personal trainer. Not only will they help you with exercising safely and effectively, but they’ll celebrate your hard work, progress and results. It’s also an easy way to stay consistent, especially if your personal trainer is training you at home. No excuses! For tips on how to find the best personal trainer, read our blog post here.

#10 - Why do you want to lose weight?

What’s driving the resolution? Do you want to lose weight for your significant other? To be more healthy? To set a better example for your kids? To feel better about yourself? Knowing what motivates the resolution will help you get off the sofa when it’s time to exercise and will guide you in your diet plan. Know thyself… know what’s going on inside of you and always remember why you’re doing this!

A personal trainer can help you set a realistic and obtainable New Year's Resolution this year as well as help you stay on track to your goal. Please feel free to contact us and discuss your fitness goals for the New Year.

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