It’s that time of the year again! Are you a resolution maker? Do you know what you want to accomplish in the year ahead?
Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.
~ Pablo Picasso
Are you planning to eat better? Cook healthier? Lose/maintain your weight? Improve your fitness? Take better care of yourself?
Losing weight and getting in shape are two of the most popular resolutions made each year. Unfortunately, most resolution-makers give up before ever really getting started.
Did you know that 75% of us abandon our latest healthy eating, weight loss, fitness and/or diet goals within the first month? Sad but true!
Don’t let this be you! By applying the following tips to achieve your New Year’s healthy weight loss fitness goals, you will set yourself up for a successful new year!
- Have a Plan
To make progress in achieving your goals you will also need a PLAN—a realistic, step-by-step approach—including the resources, tools and support required to make it happen.
If you want a little help getting started with a LIVABLE PLAN, my 28-Day Smart Start Weight Loss Challenge, filled with the very best ideas, strategies and tips to help you lose weight in a way that is simple, sensible, sustainable and feel's "just right" for you, is here to help!
Regardless of what method you are using to lose weight—counting calories or carbs or WW points, eating clean or intermittent fasting—this 28-Day Smart Start will help.
You'll receive daily emails that will guide you to start off smart and stay on course building your confidence every step of the way. You'll also get the emails assembled into a comprehensive eBook you can refer to again and again, whenever you need a boost of motivation and practical guidance.
It's like having your own private coach checking in every day to help you start slow and stay strong all month long! Click here to learn more
- Make Meal Planning and Prepping a Habit
Unhealthy eating habits are the number one reason that resolutions fail.
Meal planning & prepping is invaluable when it comes to staying on track.Having healthy foods cooked-up and and ready to go will make it so much easier to make healthy choices.
There's nothing worse than getting home after a long day and having nothing healthy to eat.This is usually when you end up diving into a bag of chips or cookies while waiting for pizza delivery!
Walking though the door to the smell of a slow cooker meal or opening up the refrigerator and finding a pre-cooked healthy meal will not only save you tons of stress, but lots of extra calories too.
Here is a great collection of meal planning tools to help:
- Best tips and tricks for meal planning success
- Here are 101 Meal Prep Tips from Successful Weight Watchers
- My Month of Weight Watchers Friendly Meal Plans eBook complete with 4 weeks of dinners and grocery lists!
- My WW friend Alisha's 12 Week eCookbook and Meal Planner and Table for Two Meal Planner and eCookbook
- Create or Join a Support Group
Did you know that one of the greatest factors in your personal health is the health and lifestyle habits of those around you? Support is critical.
So it's really important to surround yourself with people that have similar goals who can keep you motivated and on track.It doesn't even have to be an "official group." It can be as simple as getting a few of your friends or co-workers to join you on your fitness journey.
Aside from the motivation factor, having people that understand the process (and the struggles that come with it) can be extremely helpful to getting through the rough patches.
A few support options to consider include:
- Private in-person coaching
- Online coaching in groups or alone
- Commercial weight loss programs that offer support
- Social media support and motivation
- Internet weight loss/fitness communities, such as Carol Tuttle's 4-Week Weight Loss Cure with it's active Private Facebook Group.
- Non-profit community organizations
- Friends and family
- Workout Buddies
Martha is the founder and main content writer for Simple-Nourished-Living.
A longtime lifetime WW at goal, she is committed to balancing her love of food and desire to stay slim while savoring life and helping others do the same.
She is the author of the Smart Start 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge.
A huge fan of the slow cooker and confessed cookbook addict, when she's not experimenting in the kitchen, you're likely to find Martha on her yoga mat.
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I can’t manage to get these wonderful recipes printed. I use Google Chrome. Thanks for your help. I have lost 40# on WW since July, and am going to keep on going.
I am going to give this my best and lose what I need to get healthy. I love the fact that you have helped us to get what we need in all areas here.
I will learn to plan and cook ahead so I won't fail.
I agree with everything you've said here. I've been able to stick to this new lifestyle for almost 7 years. Planning and making an effort to always meal/snack prep is the biggest help for me. And be nice to yourself. If I go off track, I just get right back on. I try not to kick myself and feel like I've failed. Because I haven't... I just took a day or two break. Thank you for all the work you put into this site. You've been a big help to me. Your emails and recipes always keep me interested in succeeding. LOVE your hair change!!! It's very flattering AND you look younger!
Pamela, Thanks for sharing your experiences and insights. Very much appreciated! ~Martha