As the days fly by 2017 is quickly coming to a close. With the new year approaching many people start to put their life into perspective and begin to think of changes and improvements they may want to make for the upcoming year. Compiling a list of goals to be achieved most commonly known as the new years resolutions. One that is popular for many people around the world is to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. Now we all know this is not an easy goal to achieve as many of us have made this new years resolution several times and failed to achieve it. My hopes is to provide you with some useful tips to helping you stay on track and finally achieve the goal of living a healthier lifestyle.

First and foremost ask yourself why do you want to lose weight. The reason I say this is because if our reasoning is not from within, it may be harder to stick to your goal. When you are doing something for someone else, you’re expecting them to notice your hard work and effort and when that’s not the case, you end up feeling less motivated to achieve your set goal. Not only that, the very same person you may be doing this for may be your biggest doubter. When you decide to make a lifestyle change it has to be firstly for yourself, whether your doing it so you can feel better physically, mentally, or emotionally because you are your biggest motivator.

Secondly, you want to start by making several small goals rather than having one big goal to focus on. If your focus was on one big goal, lets say ‘I want to lose 40 pounds’, it may seem overwhelming and as though the goal is completely out of reach. However by having small goals such as wanting to lose 1 pound by the end of the week or 5 pounds by the end of the month, this will feel much easier to achieve. The small goals don’t necessarily have to be weight loss goals, it can be you wanting to make it to the gym at least 3 days every week or cutting sugar intake during the weekdays. By achieving these small goals, you are able to stay motivated throughout the process as you celebrate the milestones.

Last but not least, form a group of two or more people in which you all have a similar goal of focus in this case to lose weight. Research has shown that its easier to stick to a weight loss plan with a support system compared to when doing it alone. Within the group you are able to share tips on eating and exercise routines that will help you stay on track. Some people may also like the feeling of competition involved, in this case you can also have a prize for the winner who reaches the monthly goal. For example, at my workplace we all put 20 dollars in a jar and get our weight taken at the beginning of the month. By the end of the month, the person who loses the greatest percentage of weight loss wins the monthly collection. Having everyone in the workplace implementing healthy eating habits during this process reduces distractions and creates a great environment to achieve your set goal.

These are just a few tips to help you stay on track with attaining your new years resolution goal.  Keep in mind the importance of patience. Rome was not built overnight so give yourself time and stay persistent. Moving forward, if you have any questions or run into any bumps in the road feel free to send me a message and I will be more than happy to help you get to your goal.

Wishing you all a 2018 that is filled with great health and many successes!

By: Raya Haddass

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