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The Recipe For Weight Loss Resolution Success

"What are your new year's resolutions?"

It's a common question this time of year and statistics show that 40 to 45% of adults make one or more resolutions each year.

Chances are that one of those resolutions is to lose weight.

And chances are you won't achieve it. According to the University of Scranton, only 8% of people achieve their New Year's goals.

So what can you do about it? Ask yourself these questions:

Am I willing to put in the time to achieve my goal of losing weight?
What kind of accountability plan do I have in place for when I fall off the wagon?
How will accomplishing this goal make me feel?

Here's why these three questions are important:

Am I willing to put in the time to achieve my goal of losing weight?

Losing weight and getting in shape is a time commitment. With the busy lives we lead, time is precious and I think we can all agree that it feels like we never have enough of it.

Not making exercise and eating right a priority is a surefire way to failure.

There's no getting around it. It takes time to exercise and prepare healthy meals.

Here's the good news. There are very efficient workout plans available that can have you in and out in less than 30 minutes. Also, try doing workouts at home. You'll save yourself a lot of time travelling to and from the gym.

What kind of accountability plan do I have in place for when I fall off the wagon?

You will fall off your schedule no matter how committed you are the first week of January. It's a good idea to have a plan in place for when it happens.

That could mean teaming up with a friend who is also on a weight loss journey. It could mean quickly sending a daily text to someone you've asked to keep you on track. It could mean joining a Facebook fitness accountability group whereby you check in every day.

The important thing is to set this check-in system up before you set out to achieve your goal.

How will accomplishing this goal make me feel?

Weight loss is as much an emotional journey as a physical one. If you can predict how you'll feel once you accomplish your goal, you'll be so much more committed to achieving it.

The reason you're setting this goal in the first place is because you're unhappy with the way you feel. So play up the opposite angle.

Losing this weight will make me feel (fill in the blank). It could be that it will make you feel happy to walk into a clothing store and not have to seek out the baggy sweaters that hide your rear end. It could be that you'll feel energized and able to keep up with your kids who are constantly tugging at you to play with them.

Only you know for sure. Dream a little and picture yourself in your lighter body.

Time Accountability Emotion = Weight Loss Success

Are you setting a weight loss goal for yourself this year? Leave a comment below and let me know.

Happy New Year and congratulations in advance for being in the 8% of people who will achieve their goals this year!

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