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The New Year is always a time that people find refreshing. It is a new start, a way to wipe clean the slate of last year and to lay down a healthy, well-made foundation for the coming months. One of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions, which will come as no surprise to most of you, is to lose weight, and if you plan to be one of those weight-losers there are a few tools that will help you lose weight with as little anxiety and guilt as possible.
5 Meal Planning
Meal planning is an excellent way to feel safe and secure in your healthy eating, as when we’re in a hurry and have no plan, we tend to either under eat or over eat out of anxiety or panic in case we can’t get more food within the next few hours. Plan your meals, make them ahead of time if you need to. Easy things to make into meals are sliced or diced raw, stir-fried and steamed vegetables of all sorts, baked starchy vegetables, prepared beans, cooked and refrigerated brown rice and quinoa, nuts, seeds, organic raw energy bars, and cooked fish and meats (within a day or two for these). Also keep clean condiments like organic dressing, lemons, Tamari., balsamic vinegar, olive and coconut oils, mustard, and organic ketchup.
4 Daily Motivation
Finding books, CD’s, mp3’s, blogs, and other social media personalities for daily motivation will help you to stay positive and on track, helping you to love what you eat and how you feel. When you are feeling pessimistic, you will reach for reaction foods like sweet, salty, gooey or crispy foods, which ironically, will only make you feel worse. Call friends and family who are healthy and positive if you need to and listen to positive, uplifting music. Motivation is key when it comes to weight loss so don’t deprive yourself of it!
3 Support Groups
Support groups are one of the best ways to help you keep on your weight loss journey, as you can always turn to them when you’re feeling blue, unmotivated, pulled by intense cravings, or simply for tips, recipes, and motivation. You may find forums, specific people that you may want to partner up with, or even just a few close family members who promise to hold you accountable and not ‘let you slide.’
2 Before and After Photos
Taking a before shot and looking at it as you go through your health journey will help to jumpstart your motivation. As you begin to see changes it will help keep your motivation strong. Keeping shots of yourself every two weeks or so should let you know if you are being effective or if you need to make a few more changes. Never criticize yourself when you looking at yourself in these photos! Remember that this is just where you are right now and every day you have the choice to create a more beautiful future you. The point of power is always in the present moment, as Louise Hay, author of ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ stresses, which means that you have control at each point in time over your choices. Make better choices now and you are laying the foundation for a better body in the future.
1 A Food Journal
A food journal is an excellent way to see what you are actually eating in reality and to help you become aware of eating patterns, whether it’s eating healthily until 3 o’clock rolls around, or whether after dinner is when all the guilty foods can come in. By writing down your food choices as well as a few notes on your own observations, you can begin the process of making changes. At this point it’s not about tracking specific calories, just noticing your behavior. Take notice of where you can add in more greens, or plan a workout when you regularly head to a drive-thru.
The New Year always symbolizes hope and new beginnings. Be sure to keep this energy far into the year so that you can feel constantly renewed and motivated for a constantly growing and flourishing you.