I can’t believe it is already the end of January. At the beginning of January, we are determined. I found dozens of stories about weight loss goals on personal diet blogs (click here for an example) and everyone has the same story – We have these amazing goals and we are confident that this is the year that we will complete those goals. But the funny thing is, that we begin January usually at a party, drinking alcohol, eating junk food or appetizers for the holiday, but yet we seem to think that this is the year, 2015 is the year, that we will lose weight.
Unfortunately for most of us, we end up forgetting about those New Year’s resolutions after just a few days. And once we fail during those first few days, we end up in a slump. We stop trying to be healthy, and we start eating a lot of junk food, and forget exercise!
I decided to compile a list of things you can do to rejuvenate your energy that you had when he wanted to start losing weight in January.
1) Find an inspirational photo to motivate you.
This photo can be a photo of you when you were slimmer or weighed less at a certain period in your life. They can also be a photo of someone you admire, maybe a fitness model are your favorite athlete who has the body of your dreams. Don’t just keep this photo on your computer for when you choose to look at it, make this photo visible. Make this photo a photo that you can look at in your times of weakness to give you strength. You can put this photo on your fridge or in your living room on the wall where you’d generally do your homework outs. Put the photo as your desktop picture on your computer or on your phone so you’re constantly looking at it and constantly being reminded of the body that you want to have.
2) Find a weight loss buddy.
So many people like to try to attempt to losing weight alone, and that’s admirable about. But the problem is, you are not being held accountable for your actions. When you have a friend who knows that you have weight loss goals, particularly if this is a friend that you spend a lot of time with and see often, that person will tell you when you are making bad choices. That person will recognize your weaknesses and encourage you to not buy that one kilo of chocolate covered peanuts for example. This person will keep you on track and help you meet your goals. Also try to find a workout buddy, someone who you can go to the gym with or go on runs with to make exercise not seem like such a drudgery.
3) Learn to cook foods that are healthy and delicious.
Interest is full of amazing recipes for making healthier versions of your favorite fast foods without all the extra fat and calories. Become a chef, become an expertise in cooking and in healthy cooking. That will make eating healthier food almost like a new hobby, and you will realize that your options are not just restricted to broccoli and celery. You can make cauliflower pizza, veggie egg white muffins, oatmeal cookies with Stevia and puréed pumpkin, the options are endless.
These three simple steps will hopefully help you get back on track in February. Do not wait until the first February when you can start today. Good luck and enjoy the rest of January!