Mike here from B Method.
Don’t look now but we are just about finished with the first quarter of 2016.
If weight loss is one of your new year’s resolutions, now is a good time to reassess how well you’re doing and how on track you are to reaching your weight loss goals.
As we discussed in last week’s post, being overweight or obese can and does affect fertility.
My hope is that you’re doing lots better than what statistics show which is that after January, just over half of the people with weight loss goals are still hanging in there and that number decreases drastically just a few months after that.
If you have fallen of track, now’s the time to regroup, refocus, and get back on track so that you’re not one of those statistics.
Whenever I reflect back on the process of helping my clients lose weight, it doesn’t take me long to come up with the same five reasons every time for what worked and how they were able to stay committed to their weight loss goal.
The reason so many weight loss resolutions fail quickly and often, is because just making a resolution isn’t enough. It may get you through the first month or two but I assure you, it won’t be enough to keep you interested and committed the entire year.
So how do you stay on track and committed to the weight loss goal you made in January?
The same weight loss commitment that’s part of your effort to increase your chances of conceiving by kick-starting ovulation? Which by the way weight loss and regular exercise does do.
I’ll share with you 5 steps that continue to help my clients lose weight that I am confident will help and work for you as well.
HAVE A SPECIFIC WEIGHT LOSS GOAL
Having a goal to “lose weight” or “feel good” isn’t specific.
How much weight? Is it 10 pounds, 20 pounds, 30 pounds? Specify exactly how much weight it is you want to lose. Your goal could also be to drop a specific percentage of body fat or get down to a certain dress or pant size.
When you’re specific with how much weight you’re committed to losing, it allows you to then measure your progress. By measuring and tracking your progress, you’ll be able to validate your hard work and efforts and in doing so, it keeps you motivated and committed to your goals.
MAKE A PLAN CONSISTING OF SMALL DAILY STEPS
Whether you purchase a plan or create one yourself, have a weight loss plan that you’re comfortable and confident with that’s simple and easy to follow.
Whenever you try to do too much too fast, it’s gets overwhelming and old really fast.
Have a plan that is made up of several small steps. Steps that are small enough to where you can complete them daily and consistently throughout the year. It isn’t a few giant leaps the first few weeks of the year that’ll help you achieve weight loss, it’s all the daily small steps that does it.
MAKE IT FUN
Add some fun to your weight loss goals.
Instead of running on the same running path every time, drive to a new location, try out a new gym, or sign up for a new workout you’ve never tried before.
Use these 5 fertility boosting foods in a new recipe or throw a healthy dinner party. Making it fun will keep you happy, attentive, and committed to your weight loss goal throughout the year.
SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SUPPORT
The number one momentum killer is lack of support and accountability. Having people supporting you and holding you accountable, encouraging you and motivate you to follow through on your goal is a must.
Not only is it a must, but studies continue to show that you’re more likely to get pregnant if you join a group that provides exercise and nutritional support and advice than if you try it on your own without the support.
It can be a friend with similar health goals, a family member, an online community, or a weight loss or running group you meet with weekly.
Create weekly and monthly checkpoints where you assess your progress.
Identify what worked, what you did really well, and celebrate those wins.
Take time to appreciate and reflect on your work, efforts and sacrifices you’ve put in. Decide on rewards ahead of time that you’ll give yourself each time you have a successful week or month.
By doing so, you’ll continue to stay motivated, committed to your goals, and making progress.
Sticking to your health goals for an entire year can seem daunting and at times impossible, but it’s not. It’s more possible than you think when you use these 5 steps I’ve just mentioned here.
Take the time right now to recommit and refocus on your weight loss goals and be back on track to becoming a more fit, more fertile you.
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