Welcome to 2013! Have you made any New Year’s resolutions? If you’re like most of us, you probably resolved to take control of your finances this year and lose weight (those were the top two across the nation). While we can’t help you with the first one, we can certainly offer some suggestions for achieving the second one.
Resolve to Change Your Lifestyle
First, it’s important to understand that losing weight or getting fit needs to be more than just a passing fad, or something you work on for a few months then go back to your old, unhealthy ways. Everyone is excited in January to begin a new diet or exercise regimen but by the time February or March rolls around, they are ready to give it up because it’s just too hard to continue over the long haul.
That’s the first key to failure. Instead of starting a “diet” or an exercise routine designed simply to lose weight, you must change your lifestyle. That means a year from now, five years from now, ten years from now, you should still be doing the same things you are doing today to get into shape.
Tips for Staying the Course
The best of intentions often fall to the wayside in favor of the easier route. This can occur because you get bored with the same exercise routine or tired of starving or depriving yourself of those foods you really enjoy eating. That’s normal – but avoidable. Try these tips to stay on track:
- Don’t focus on what you’re losing, but what you are gaining by shedding a few pounds.
- Don’t diet. Instead, change your eating habits to reflect a focus on healthier food choices, always.
- Don’t deprive yourself, but do limit portion size. It’s much better to go ahead and eat that dessert you’ve been craving, but instead of a slice of cake, make it a smaller cupcake.
- Find healthier versions of the recipes you enjoy so you can still feel as if you are indulging. For some great, lightened-up versions of his mother’s recipes, check out Bobby Deen's page at the Cooking Channel.
- Every bit of physical activity counts. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park further away from the front door of your office or the grocery store, get up and walk back and forth down the hallway several times a day. Sitting still is the most detrimental thing for your health.
- Keep a journal of what you eat in order to limit calories. You might be surprised at how much you are eating (and drinking) when you enter it into a worksheet and tally the figures.
- Don’t weight yourself more than once a week. Try not to obsess over your weight daily; you will feel as if you accomplished much more if you look at your weight loss over the period of several days.
- Schedule a weekly FIT Bodywrap for ultimate results with least effort. Because a FIT body wrap uses your body’s energy to create sweat, you can easily shed several pounds and inches in a single session. Those fantastic results are sure to motivate you to keep going toward your ultimate goal.
Are you ready to make 2013 the year you finally lose that extra weight and get into shape? Let FIT Bodywraps help you achieve your goals the easy way; contact your local salon and set up a weekly session today.