It has arrived! 2018 is here and it came in with a bang for us. Literally!
We are living on a small island called Big Corn Island in Nicaragua for a month. We rented a little place that overlooks the glorious ocean, it takes our breath away every time we look outside.
But apparently, the locals way of celebrating the new year is to light a garbage bag on fire with something in it that causes a loud bang. It does give off a little spark, but in no way shape or form is it a firework. It reminds me of a gunshot and the relentlessly created this banging sound all night!
Small price to pay to be living in paradise I guess.
Create a Goal – Ignore the Hype
As for the new year, I know many of us are creating goals for our health. It may be to tone up, learn to eat better, increase our energy, and possibly shed a few pounds.
Goals are great and necessary in order to see changes. But every time I check my email or social media, there is a new diet, supplement or workout program being hyped as the solution to all of our problems.
Many of these products and programs are amazing and well worth the investment. However, just like anything, they require commitment every.single.day. Plus, with any diet offered with a program, you need to make sure you modify it to fit your unique body type.
So what should we do?
Rather than making a huge unrealistic goal for 2018, make a goal that will require a stretch, but that is also doable.
Here is a simple step-by-step action plan:
- Create a reasonable goal for 2018. By reasonable, I mean reasonable! If your goal is to lose 50 pounds, make a goal of a 20 to 30-pound weight loss for the year.
- Break that goal down it to bite size chunks. So for example, the goal for the first month could be 6-8 pounds but then maybe only 2-3 pounds a month after that. This will give you a boost right off the bat but then won’t seem so overwhelming when the excitement has worn off.
- Find an exercise program you know you can physically commit to long-term. A great option is brisk walking, pilates, a group fitness class, or a program that will keep you motivated, without the daily dread of having to do it.
- Find a diet that doesn’t require too much tracking, measuring and counting. This is not sustainable for the long term. In fact, if you can eliminate the “diet” all together you will be better off. However, if you are like me you need some sort of direction. A great option is to find a clean eating program and follow it as close as possible. Keep a food journal for the first 3 months and write down everything you eat. This is the only way to see how foods are affecting you. Keep adjusting the foods you are eating until you find out what works best with your body.
I know this all may sound a bit too simple, but that is why so many of us don’t get lasting results, we tend to overcomplicate it and want to see the dramatic results promised on social media.
If you are looking for help or guidance to get started in 2018 feel free to reach out to me for a free 30-minute strategy session. I have programs ranging from 7 days to help you drop that first 3-5 pounds to a 90-day program designed to help you completely overhaul your body, mindset and give you habits that will completely reset and transform your life.
Schedule your FREE “Weight Loss Resistance” strategy session HERE. Whether or not you are ready for a program, you will walk away from the call with clear actions steps to take to completely rock your goals in 2018.