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As much as I advocate healthy living as a permanent lifestyle change I know there’s no better time to initiate those changes than the New Year. Every year thousands of people resolve to lose weight and get healthy, but by February most of those resolutions have fallen by the wayside. Don’t let that happen to you! This year can be your year. To set yourself up for success you need a solid plan. I’ve created 6 super simple, extremely effective, steps that will help you get the look you’ve been dreaming off. These are the same tips that I used to lose 50 pounds, and keep it off for 5 years now, so I promise they work!
Day 1: Get the right gear. I know when it’s cold outside the last thing you want to do is go out for a run, but with the right gear I promise you can actually enjoy the chilly morning air! It’s important not to overdress for a run (dress for 10 degrees warmer than it actually is since your body will heat up as you run.) The perfect solution for me is a vest. I picked up this puffy Bongo vest for $15 and I love it because it buttons all the way up to my face, helping to keep warm my poor neck! Also critical: perfect gloves. I needed ones that I could use my phone while wearing and these Isotoner SmartTouch gloves work perfectly, are super cute, and keep my hands warm.
Day 2: Enlist a friend. I don’t know if I could have completed marathon training without having a running partner. Knowing someone is counting on you helps keep you accountable and motivated. Plus, if you publicly share your fitness goals you are more likely to stick with them!
Day 3: Set SMART fitness goals. Vague resolutions like ‘I want to lose weight’ are more likely to backfire than setting specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-based goals. Examples are; “I want to run a 5k in 2 months,” or “I want to lose 10 pounds in 6 weeks.” The more specific you are, the more likely you will hit your target.
Day 4: Make 3 simple changes to your diet: don’t drink calories, eat more colors and avoid foods with any ingredient you can’t pronounce. For the majority of people starting out on their weight loss journey these changes will be ridiculously effective.
Day 5: Get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep. All of your hard work can be undone if your not sleeping enough. Lack of sleep has been shown to increase the amount of food you eat the next day. You need energy to exercise, and getting to bed early and sticking to a sleep schedule (yes, even on the weekend!) will help.
Day 6: Practice gratitude. In my personal experience and talking with others as a personal trainer I’ve found that happy people tend to be more successful in getting healthy. Try to make it a daily point to pray, meditate, or write in a gratitude journal. Remember, you need to lose weight because you love yourself, not because you hate how you look. Change that is initiated from a positive place is much more likely to be permanent.
Before I went in to shop I signed up online for their Shop Your Way program. It took literally 10 seconds and now whenever I shop I get to collect points that convert to cash. #Winning. At the checkout counter the girls told me they just helped a lady who didn’t even realize she had $65 in points to spend!
My final tip for hitting your New Year’s goals: come up with a reward! I always treated myself to a new outfit. I’m the last person to offer fashion advice so for cute ideas to help inspire you check out the SearsStyle Pinterest board.