We’re into the second half of 2010 — do you still remember what your New Year’s Resolutions were?
+10 points if you remember what you resolved to do
+20 points if you’re still working toward your goal
+50 points if you’ve reached your goal and you’re keeping up the good habits
I’ll admit it. I only get 30 points on that scale. I resolved to work out more and lose some weight (just like everyone else), but haven’t been able to reach my goal.
What was your goal? Are you still fighting for it?
If you’re like me and falling short on your weight loss goals here are a few reminders that could help you us get back on track:
- Set Realistic Goals – Losing 10 pounds this week probably isn’t realistic (and certainly isn’t healthy). Make sure you’re not defeating yourself before you get started. Healthy weight loss happens slowly, at a rate of about 1-2 pounds per week. That means you’ll need at least three months of work to drop 25 pounds. To do that, the average person needs to burn 500 to 1,000 calories a day by eating less, excercising more, or both.
- Think About the Long Term, but Set Short Term Goals – It’s okay to set out to lose 25 pounds in three month’s time, but experts suggest celebrating milestones along the way as well. Dropped those first five pounds? Nice work! Do something to reward yourself (maybe a mani/pedi, a fun night out with the girls, that new book you’ve been wanting to read). Stopping to celebrate your progress will help keep you motivated for the long haul.
- Track Your Progress – It’s hard to keep track of your weight loss efforts along with everything else you’ve got going on. Start keeping a journal of what you’re eating and your excercise routine. Seeing more weight come off? Check your notes to see what you may have done differently and learn from your own experience!
Good luck with your resolutions! Let me know how you’re doing — leave a comment in the box below! Bragging encouraged!