Making Goals for the New Year

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The new year is here and as usual the number one resolution is to lose weight and get in shape. If you are making the same resolutions year after year and still not getting the weight off that you desire then consider your goals. Do you have clearly defined goals? Make goals that can be tracked and are concrete like to lose ten pounds, decrease your BMI by 10 points, reduce your bodyfat by 8% or reduce your waistline by 6 inches. You can get a clear picture of where you are and where you want to be by establishing goals like these instead of just a desire to lose weight. When you make long term goals outline stepping stone goals to reach your final destination. These short term goals are time sensitive and must be approached with a sense of urgency. They ultimately lead up to the completion of your final goal.
Consider the habits you have that contributed to your current condition. Are you willing to change those destructive habits to reach your goals? How determined are you to completing your resolutions? You cannot change the results you get without changing your methods towards realizing those goals. Track your food and see where you are making mistakes or what you eat that you should not have. Are there triggers for these behaviors? Are you planning meals and cooking ahead to avoid the fast food crunch? Knowledge is power and the more you know about your habits the more you can regain control over them instead of them over you.
Make a plan to reach your goals. Without planning you can’t determine a path to success. If you don’t have the knowledge then hire a trainer for a short time to gain some understanding about how to be successful in the gym. If a trainer is not an option right now, then look in fitness magazines or on websites to get help with a plan. This time of year they are filled with info about how to start your training routines. They might work well for a while and it is a place to start. Just don’t walk into a gym and expect it to all happen with a few sets on a machine or walk for a while on a treadmill. Make a plan and stick with it for at least 2 to 3 weeks until you can make exercise one of your healthy habits and see some success that will fuel your motivation to continue.
These are just a few ideas and helpful hints to make your resolutions successful and enjoy a healthier lifestyle in 2010.
God bless and keep training,
Daryl

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