Your Plan For A New YOU
By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES
You know what I really love? Lists!
They keep you organized, on track, and are a GREAT way to MEASURE success.
And with this year ending and new one beginning, what can YOU do to make your HEALTH and WELLNESS a top priority?
Start a NEW list.
One which will hold you ACCOUNTABLE for all of your health, weight, and wellness goals!
So here is a good way to get started.
Better grab your pen and paper, and get ready to plan your new year and a NEW YOU.
Step #1: Where Do You See Your Weight/Health In The Coming Year?
Have you started out every year the same?
You're gung-ho about eating right, going to the gym, and exercising for about three weeks, then you quit.
You stop seeing results and you say the heck with it!
The first step is to sit down and clarify what YOU want for next year.
Do you want to drop a dress size?
Do you want to fit into your skinny jeans again?
Whatever the goal, write it down.
Writing it down may keep you accountable
and hold you to accomplishing your goal
Step #2: Develop A Path To Your Goal.
Everyone needs a path or a plan.
A way to go from point A to point B!
What is your path?
Having small steps or goals may help you move
successfully from point A to point B
The goals are small, and you should have no trouble accomplishing them.
With each goal you accomplish, it may build your self-esteem and confidence.
Instead of your goal being a HUGE mountain to climb, you break it down into manageable steps that may make it easier to reach the TOP.
Step #3: Determine Where You Need To "Cut The Fat."
This one can apply to almost any area in your life.
It could be financial, personal or business, and your health.
You should look at your diet and determine where you can make changes.
Do you stop for a muffin?
Is there a better option?
So here is how to cut the fat!
Keep track of everything you eat in a food journal.
Keep track of it for a few days, a week, or even a month.
Write down everything!
Anything you eat, drink, or any supplements you take should be entered into your journal.
Determine how many calories you are eating each day and then determine where you need to make changes.
Or you need to ADD food to your diet.
This may help you keep track of when and what you eat
It may even surprise you.
Step #4: Now That You Have A Food Journal, The Next Step Is To Fix Your Problem-Eating Areas.
Now you need to determine where changes are needed.
You found you are lacking calories: Find a time for a snack or add fruit and vegetables to any meal.
You found you overeat: Find ways to spread your calorie intake throughout your day.
Whatever your problem areas are, now is the RIGHT time to develop a plan to fix them.
Step #5: Determine How To Fit More Exercise Into Your Day.
Are you a person who has a hard time fitting exercise in?
Or do you dread going to the gym and sweating?
I can’t really help you with the sweating; it is just a natural process!
Increasing physical activity may be the BEST option
for losing weight and improving overall health
Exercise may alter cholesterol levels, increase good hormones flowing throughout your brain, and you may BURN extra calories.
Now is the time to figure out what might be the best exercise for you, and go for it.
Remember: You need to develop the RIGHT plan for you.
Exercise in the morning or with a friend.
When there is a will, there is a way!
This is the time to check your progress.
And this MUST be built into your plan.
This is where you take a good look at your goals, your success so far, and then determine where you need to change.
If it’s working and you are happy, then just keep going.
If you are bored and not feeling challenged, then mix it up and make it more challenging.
By building re-evaluations into your plan, it allows you to honestly
look at your plan and change what isn’t working
Set Yourself Up For Success
Developing a successful plan for yourself may lead you down the road to better health and wellness.
Your plan should have short- and long-term goals; and with every milestone, a reward for accomplishing your goal.
You may also need to change a few things.
Adding exercise and paying really close attention may help you accomplish your weight loss goals.
Possibly in a shorter time!
Whatever your goals are, you need to RE-EVALUATE and determine if your goals are still what you want or what you desire.
IF they aren’t, make the necessary adjustments to keep you on the path to better health, wellness, and weight loss..
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