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How to Stick to Your Weight Loss Goals

How to stick to weight loss goals

Many people have made fitness goals for the New Year. Some people want to lose weight, while others simply want to get healthy. Here are some of the things that you can do to stay healthy and stick to your weight loss goals this year.

Invest in some exercise equipment.  Having a gym membership is good. But, what happens when the weather sucks, you have a flat tire or you simply don’t want to leave the house? Keeping some equipment at home is a necessity to keep options open. My home equipment includes my “tried and true” treadmill, some dumbbells, an exercise mat and exercise DVD’s. Especially during t the harsh winter months, it is really important to have exercise options that can be used at home. Maybe you don’t have space for a treadmill, but you can certainly run in place. If dumbbells are not in the budget, use bottles of water or cans of soup to keep muscles tone instead.

The point is to banish the excuses. Develop a system that you can use at home and then use it. Rain, Sleet or Snow…those exercise excuses have to go![Tweet “Rain, sleet or snow…those exercise excuses have to go! #health #wellness”]

Find a Way to Move.  Even if you can’t seem to find the 30-60 minutes in your day to exercise, there are always ways to move more. Take the stairs, dance with your kids, park the car a little further away, do squats with while holding your infant. Where there is a will there is a way. If you have the will, find a way to move!

Act the Part. Don’t just say that you want to live a healthier more fit lifestyle, act the part.  Subscribe to a fitness magazine.  I personally like Shape magazine.  Visit blogs, chat rooms, read articles, surround yourself in all things fitness.  Prepare some healthy recipes.   This will have an overall impact on your psyche.

Pump it Up. Listen to some great music during your workouts. Music is a great motivator. I don’t know one person that doesn’t enjoy some type of music. Not only will it help get your blood pumping., but it will help to keep you motivated and the time exercising will seem to go by quickly.

Get Back Up Again. It is inevitable as long as you are human, that you will mess up. So don’t be so hard on yourself. If you lose your way just pick back up where you left off. Such is life. No one is perfect.

Remember it’s all about balance.

What are you doing to stick to your weight loss/fitness goals?

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Comments

  1. Hi Lisa!! My problem isn’t so much weight loss, but sticking with an exercise regimen to stay in shape. At 46, my metabolism isn’t like it used to be, lol. I lack consistency in that area big time! But I promised myself that this year, I’ll do better…promise! ;-)

    • I can totally relate. I think that it is so much easier to achieve dietary goals vs exercise goals. The good news is, everyday is a new day to make new choices, new decisions and try to be better than the previous one. I wish you well in that journey!

  2. It make excuses and blame it on the kids that I cant exercise when I know that it is not true because I can walk them to the park and walk the trail. I also have a few pairs of weights that I could life in my spare time and I have steps to do cardio aerobics on but I just can’t get motivated to get up and do it. I am 161 and want to be back to my prepregnancy weight from 4 pregnancies ago lol to 130 at least. I had a baby 7 months ago and I am back to my pregnancy weight when I was 8 months lol… so I have 30 lbs to lose and my goal is by my birthday august 6th. I can go to aerobics classes again, but we are down to one vehicle so its hard for me to make the classes in time when hubby gets home too. sorry for rambling… but this really inspired me!!

    • We all loose focus sometimes. What is important is that we “dust ourselves off” and get back on track. Everyday is a new opportunity to do something different. And don’t worry about the rambling. I am glad that you felt inspired and comfortable to share.

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