Well, we’re at it again, trying to honor our promise on New Year’s Day to lose weight and tone up those flabby parts. Although the year’s still young more than half of our New Year’s Resolutions have strayed from their promise of fitness and or weight loss. The reasons may vary as to why their resolutions have been pushed to the side, one common complaint is difficulty in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Why? It’s difficult to break old HABITS!

For so long we’ve had a life of overindulgence with the foods that are considered taboo, now we’re expecting ourselves to enjoy doing without those favorites with no effort whatsoever. Rather than ease into a new way of eating through the gradual elimination of the no-no foods we jump in with both feet not expecting any backlash. To our surprise, we have reactions ranging from endless cravings, headaches, stomach, and intestinal discomforts. Some pointers for being successful this year:

As mentioned above ease into your new eating plans, gradually eliminate forbidden foods from your diet. As far as exercise is concern give yourself plenty of time to build your endurance, don’t attempt to work out for two hours the first day and you’ve been sedentary for twenty years.

Set goals that are short term. Instead of setting a long-term goal to lose forty pounds this year, lose four pounds a month.

When you feel anxious and desperate to reach your goal in a hurry remind yourself of the past day, week, or month’s progress. Losing a lot of weight in a hurry leaves little time to adjust lifestyle habits for long-term success.

Have hobbies and other outside interests so you’re sure to get a mental break from your goal. Thinking too much about having to lose forty pounds can depress even the most enthusiastic of persons.

Don’t be afraid to take time out of your day to relax your nerves and do nothing but enjoy that moment.

Use your imagination to see yourself after reaching your goal. The more vivid the mental picture the better, doing this will enlist the aid of the subconscious. It has been said that our goals are 10% actual work and 90% mental. So don’t be afraid to be child-like in using your imagination to help you reach your goals without sweat and strain.

Always remember, “What the mind can conceive it can achieve!”

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