Make 2017 the best year yet!*

Tuesday, 20 December 2016, By Simon McDonald

Are you sick of making your New Year Resolutions and not keeping them?  Making the lifestyle changes necessary to lose weight and get fitter can be very challenging and statistics show 92% of people have been unable to keep their goals by the time they reach February.  With that in mind, I have created a list of 6 'never published before' secrets for you to implement so you kick some butt this New Year!

  1. Pinpoint your ultimate goal.
    This is the big one...  What does achieving that look like? How will you feel?  What will change in your life by achieving this?  Does it mean you can run after the kids/grandkids and be around to see them grow up? Does it mean being healthy enough that your doctor takes you off blood pressure medication? Describe your ultimate goal in graphic detail and read it once every morning when you wake up
  2. Break down your ultimate goal into smaller more specific and achievable mini-goals.These mini goals need to be achievable.  If you currently do not exercise, then going from 0 to exercising 7 days a week is not going to be a long-term achievable goal.  Start small and plan it around your current lifestyle.  Look at your current day to day activities and where you can modify them. 
  3. Find what is the best way to achieve your goal
    If last year you tried your own formula and it didn't work so well, throw that plan in the bin and start again. Take a course, read a book or make an appointment to see a professional so you don't make the same mistakes twice. I recommend finding a local health and fitness professional with a dozen testimonies from helping people achieve the same if not similar result to what you want.
  4. Reward yourself along the way
    What will you reward yourself with when you achieve your 1st mini goal, that will not impact on your ultimate goal.  If weight loss is your goal, don't reward yourself with a dinner out where you will eat as much as you have just lost! Instead you could get a massage, go to the movies, buy some new music or take a YOU-day without the kids.
  5. Don't berate yourself or give up if you fall short                                                                                                      Every worthwhile achievement will have setbacks and days that make you question if you have blown it or if you are good enough. Start to visualise and prepare yourself today on how you will react when you do slip-up and see yourself flicking that switch in your head, refocusing and go again.
  6. Tell someone about your goals.
    Having someone to support you and to share in your struggles and wins along the journey, makes it that much easier and more likely you will succeed. Put your No.1 goal on the fridge, post it on Facebook, tell your partner, work mates and family, join a group class, gym or personal trainer and surround yourself with people who care.

Let 2017 be the year that you take charge and find some real success and happiness.  You deserve it! 

 



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