Every January people want to start over and dedicate themselves to a healthier lifestyle. Unfortunately, the success rate of sustaining these healthy modifications is not very high. Most people are gung ho, and make drastic lifestyle modifications that are not realistic or sustainable.
My suggestion is to start slow and progress as you get comfortable with living healthier. When you understand that you go to the gym and work your butt and burn 500 calories, you don't really want to waste all your hard work and go pound a large pizza and custard!
I really think setting Goals and posting them all over the place is a good way to get started. Let's talk about SMART Goals.
I like to make 3 long-term goals with all my clients and then follow that with 3 Plan of Action Goals to help accomplish their Long-Term Goals.
1st Goal Weight Management/Exercise
Lose 15% Body fat in the 4 months of the BigTime Results Challenge
2nd Goal Nutrition
Stay within Calorie Limit
3rd Fun Goal-this can be anything you would feel good about accomplishing
Read the Bible in 1 year
Plan of Action Goals
- Be active 6-7 days/week and track it on a Calendar
- Use Myfitnesspal to track my calories
- Sign up for a Reading Plan on the YouVersion app.
Now post these goals at Home (kitchen, bathroom mirror), work, in your car. Basically any place that is visited by you frequently.
If you have a weight management goal, I think taking before pictures and having them accessible where you can see them yourself on a regular basis. It's also good to put inspirational quotes in trouble places (kitchen) that could provide motivation and inspire you to be strong!
If you need encouragement and accountability with your goals utilize the services of our lovely Well coach Alyea Alldredge! I have seen Alyea inspire many clients with her Well coaching and I truly feel a little cognitive motivation works for us all. You have to believe in yourself to accomplish BigTime Goals! Hopefully I will get some pro bono services to help make me successful!
If you are someone that needs a prize we are still accepting people for our Bodyfat Challenge. Contact me by Jan 9th
to get your DEXA scan. You do not have to be a client of BigTime Results, to enter the challenge, non-clients just have to pay for the cost of the DEXA scan.
Noah Alldredge RD ACSM CPT