Here at Coffee Talk Consulting we are always preaching that #HealthMatters. We are also continuously preaching that for those of us who work from home, it can be a challenge to stay healthy, especially through the holidays. So, it's only natural that after the holidays lots of us set weight loss goals for the New Year… and most of us fail miserably. Let's take a look at why we crash and burn when it comes to reaching our goals for a healthy lifestyle change.
1. The number one reason most weight loss resolutions fail is because we go into them with an all or nothing mentality. We do really well for a few days. We eat healthy and do our workouts. Then on day 3 or 4, we slip. Maybe we have a cookie in the afternoon and instead of stopping there, we decide the day is blown so we have 2 more cookies and pizza for dinner. Or, maybe we skip our workout on Wednesday and decide that we'll just wait and get back on track on Monday.
We can't let this happen. If you slip up and have a cookie, oh well. That's okay. No one is going to go the rest of their life without having a cookie, so have a cookie and then just go back to eating healthy. If you miss your workout on Wednesday, okay, that's fine. Get up Thursday and get right back on the wagon. Don't wait till Monday. There is no rule that says a workout routine has to start on Monday. Don't let one missed workout or a cookie or two sabotage your goals.
2. The number two reason weight loss resolutions fail is not planning meals. I (Frankie) never thought this was a big deal until I started doing it. I still don't plan breakfast, lunch and dinner for a full 7 days in advance, but I do at least plan dinner for Monday – Friday. This not only helps me stay on track with my eating, it also makes my life much easier. I already know what we are having for dinner every night of the work week so I just throw it together and I'm done. I don’t have to worry about going to the store or even trying to figure out what we'll have. If you don't have your meals preplanned, you're more likely to go for something quick and easy and that usually means not healthy. So plan ahead.
3. And the third reason most weight loss resolutions fail is only measuring your success by the number on the scale. This was a big one for me. If the number on the scale wasn't going down then I would give up because obviously whatever I was doing wasn't working. That's so wrong! I've since learned to rely more on measurements, how my clothes fit and, most importantly, how I feel. Those things are the real measure of success. The number on the scale is just that, a number. Sometimes it doesn't move for weeks, but if my clothes fit a little looser or I just feel better then that's enough for me to realize that what I'm doing is working. Don't let the scale intimidate you into giving up on your goals.
There are plenty more reasons why we don't stick to our weight loss and healthy living resolutions. Comment below with your thoughts on why we fail and what we can do to succeed.
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.