It’s 11:59pm on December 31st, 2016. Standing in a room full of friends with champagne glass in hand, you feel the buzz of excitement for the possibilities of the New Year ahead. The crowd begins to count down…10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…HAPPY NEW YEAR! You find yourself feeling elated and bursting with enthusiasm about everything you’re determined to accomplish in 2017. At the top of that list is the resolution that this will be the year to drop the weight you’ve vowed to lose every New Year for the last ten years.
Chances are that each preceding year’s resolution to lose weight began with equal enthusiasm and determination, but somehow dissolved into the frustration of another failed attempt. According to a study done by Statistic Brain Research Institute, weight loss was the most popular resolution for 2017. Yet, the same study shows that over half of the people who make resolutions break them after just one month! The good news is that 2017 can be the year to break that pattern of failure by changing how you set your goals.
- Find your why. Without a reason, a goal lacks the horsepower to persevere when challenges arise. Therefore, it’s essential that you examine the “why” behind your desire for losing weight. Identify how losing weight will ultimately impact your life and how you will feel, both physically and emotionally. Then remain focused on your “why” to power through the inevitable hurdles along the path to your goal.
- Make a commitment. Don’t just make a New Year’s resolution, make a commitment to yourself. As a person of integrity, you understand the importance of keeping your commitments so mentally frame your weight loss goal as you would any commitment you might make to family or career.
- Make your goal SMART.
- Specific – Identify the ideal weight you intend to achieve.
- Measurable – Decide how many pounds you want to lose over a period of time.
- Assignable – Take ownership of being responsible for your weight loss.
- Realistic – Set a healthy and attainable goal. Small steps in the right direction are best for long term success.
- Time bound – Determine the date by which you intend to reach your goal weight.
- Reward yourself. Set smaller milestones on the way to your larger goal and specify the reward you will receive upon reaching each milestone.
- Be accountable. Studies have shown significantly higher success rates when one person is accountable to another for their goals. Find a reliable support system to report your successes and challenges to on a regular basis.
The caring professionals at Medifast Weight Control Centers can help you to set healthy, attainable goals and stick to them! Call today to schedule a complimentary consultation and make 2017 the year that you achieve your resolution to lose weight.