4 Easy Ways to Stick to Your New Year's Resolution
Happy first day of work in 2011! We bet you are sitting at your desk, perky, alert, and ready to tackle your hefty resolution list, right? Or maybe not. If you're anything like us, you woke up a tad bleary eyed, still have your champagne headache from your midnight toast and are frantically looking at your calendar to see how many days you have to get back into beach body shape.
It doesn't take a brain surgeon to assume that the top resolution is losing weight (according to Fox News the runners up are landing a better job, quitting smoking, and spending more time with loved ones - aww!). With such a popular resolution, it's also safe to assume that more than just a few newly dubbed gym goers will fall off the proverbial treadmill in obtaining this goal. That's why National Director of Equinox Fitness Training Institute Geralyn Coopersmith has shared a few of her slimming resolution tricks with us, so you can stick to your weight loss goal in 2011 and stop cringing every time you spot a picture of Reese Witherspoon (pictured left) jogging when you vetoed your morning workout for five minutes of extra sleep. Read below for her tips to tackle your goal and most importantly, stick with it:
Stay off the scale. Use the way your clothes fit to judge your progress instead of weighing yourself. Since muscle is denser than fat, you may be losing inches without significant weight loss.
Clear your shelves and fridge. Throw out all of the junk food in your house, if it isn't in the house you won't be able to eat it when you feel the urge. Replace old snack foods with new ones like cut veggies and fresh fruit.
Make small, attainable goals. If weight loss is your goal then consider starting out with 20 minutes of cardiovascular activity two to three times a week, then slowly increase your time to 30 minutes each session. You will begin to see and feel a difference in a few short weeks.
Reward yourself. Once you achieve a short-term goal, do something nice for yourself like buying a new piece of clothing to show off your hard work (this tip is our personal favorite!).
What's your resolution for 2011? Inspire others by posting your goals below!