Hey friends, Wish you a very very happy new year 2018.
So, 2017 is almost over and we are heading towards 2018. Its time for new beginnings, new goals and new resolutions. Now I have a habit of making new year resolutions since my childhood and I do it till date. And I am sure many amongst you guys also make new year resolutions every year. One of the new year resolutions since many times has been to lose weight, to live a healthier lifestyle, to exercise, in short to be fit. Back in 2015, when I was 76kgs I made a new year resolution to lose 20 kgs of weight. And guess what I did fulfill my resolution. By the end of December 2015 I weighed 54kgs. Then came 2016, and I made a resolution to maintain my weight as I was struggling to do so and I did that as well. Obviously with a lot of struggle and dedication. Its been 2 years since I have lost all that weight and I am still maintaining my weight pretty decently by exercise and a healthy diet.
Now, its time for the resolutions of 2018. I strongly believe in resolutions as I do take them very seriously. I also know that there are many amongst us who want to take their health seriously or want to lose weight or built a healthy lifestyle. We often say that from this year onwards we will change our habits and built a healthy lifestyle. But very few amongst us are successful. For a month or two we all are fully driven and motivated. For do our exercises regularly, we eat healthy and so on. But as the months pass, we begin to tired of this and say that from next year for sure I will lead a healthy lifestyle, or exercise. How many of you relate to this with me. I am sure many of you do. So, here I have come to make things easy for myself and for you as well.
Today, I will be sharing with you guys, simple steps which I follow because of which I have been able to stick with my weight loss resolutions and I am sure you will be able to as well. Lets get started.
Most of the time we say it in heads what we want to achieve but we don't physically write it down.
It has been scientifically proven that people who write down their goals are more likely to follow it through and achieve it by 80%.
So, what I want you to do is grab a diary and write down your goal. Don't just write the resolution and never look back. Develop a habit of what you are doing every single day to achieve your goal. I do it every single day. I write a set of things to accomplish every single day and I more likely achieve my goal. So give writing a try. It really works. The habit of keeping a diary will help you focus on your goal, you will stay more committed and achieve success.
STEP 2: BE DETAILED:
The next step is what you should write. Now don't just write down straight away that you want to lose 20kgs in one year. It can be a little overwhelming. Instead write smaller goals which seem achievable like losing 3kgs a month. These short goals will help you achieve your long term goal without scaring you out. When you add quantity to your goals and break them down to smaller goals you are more likely to ensure success by tracking it easily.
STEP 3: HAVE A ACTION PLAN:
Now, setting a goal is very easy, the main and most important thing is to have an action plan. How you are going to achieve your goal. You have to have a clear vision of how you will achieve your goal of losing weight. What do you have to do more. What things you have to sacrifice. You know yourself best so you should write all this down in your plan of action.
For eg, my plan of action to achieve my goal was to exercise at least 5 times a week. I have a major sweet tooth so I knew I had to reduce my sugar intake. In a nut shell be very clear of how you will achieve your goal.
STEP 4: TURN YOUR RESOLUTION INTO YOUR HABIT
Now that you have your goal set and an action plan ready to follow, next step is to put them into practice daily and turn them into habits. Losing weight or maintaining a healthy body is not a one time goal it is a lifestyle change which can only be possible if you bring those changes into a habit. Make it a habit to lead a healthy lifestyle or to exercise. You can built habit with consistency in your life. Built new positive habits and focus on what you are going to do instead of focusing on what you are not going to do.
For example, instead of focusing on what you won't do focus on what you are going to do. Like I am going to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day instead of I am not going to have junk. You see the difference. Make slow and subtle changes to make a healthy habit.
STEP 5: SHARE AND BUILT A COMMUNITY
Surrounding you self with like minded people helps you to stick to your goal. For instance, when I started off with losing weight I shared my experience with people trying to do the same. Sharing and building a community with like minded people will help you to stick to your goals in times when find it tough to stick to your goals. The catch here is to share it with write people. Don't go on telling everyone that you are trying to lose weight as there is always a group who will try to discourage you or shift you from your track. So, chose your company wisely and don't be effected with what others say. There will always be people who bring you down. Instead share with people with good energy.
STEP 6: PERMANENT LIFESTYLE CHANGE
Remember that it is not just a resolution. It is a lifestyle change. Its not something you do and then stop when you have lost a certain amount of weight. As it will take no time to be back to square 1. and you don't want that right? After working so hard achieving your goal it is important to make your habits permanent and a lifestyle.
Finally, I want to say that losing weight is not something you can achieve instantly. It is a long process, there will be ups and downs. But the main thing is to not lose your motivation. There were times when I got stuck and could not lose even a kg of weight in the entire month but I did not stop believing in my self. I kept on working hard and finally came closer to my goal.
So, I can tell you right now that it won't be a smooth journey, it won't be easy. Do not turn your temporary failures into excuses to GIVEUP.
SO, that is it. Get ready to start your fitness journey in 2018. Follow along with me and share your experiences and resolutions with me in the comment down below. We all are here to help each other.