Are you finally ready to make big changes in your life by sticking to your diet?Tired of making resolutions in January that you can’t even remember by February? This year, try something different and revolutionary by hiring a life coach to help you stick to your goals.
Most people list big goals – like I’m going to lose 10 lbs this year – without any plan for how it’s going to happen. At least, not with details. And when they see no immediate progress, or get caught up in the daily grind, the goals are forgotten. How many times has this happened to you? Do you even bother to make resolutions any more? If you have had trouble with this in the past, then maybe you need someone to hold you accountable like a life coach.
“The best way to stay committed to your diet is to reverse the system” says Jake Johnson, rated one of the best life coaches from The Coaching Institute. “Instead of focusing on the big goal, focus on the daily plan. Did you know that if you take in 100 less calories a day, you’d lose 10 pounds in a year? It’s true.”
So, what small food item can you drop that’s about 100 calories? Pick a food or drink that does not contribute much to your overall nutrition – like the cookie you eat for dessert. Soon, you won’t miss it. What about exercise? Same deal – if you burn an extra 100 calories a day, there’s another 10 lb. loss. Find enough time in your day to burn an extra 100. Schedule it and make it happen.
Of course, you don’t have to stick to 100 calories. If you want to be more ambitious, you just have to plan a little more time to exercise or identify larger sources of calories to give up. A 500 calorie deficit would mean a loss of 1 lb. a week. You might get an app or a device to help – one that calculates how much you should eat and exercise in a day, and tracks them for you. However, many life coaches recommend that you don’t overextend yourself with your goals otherwise you can crash very easily.
Tis the season…and with it seems to come more stress, overindulging, and focus on anything but health and wellness. Guess what? January will arrive (as it always does) and you’ll be motivated (frightened?) into trying to undo the damage of December.
Why not do things a little differently this year? Why not adopt some different holiday habits and keep stress and weight gain to a minimum? No, I’m not suggesting you punish yourself now; rather, make a few small changes so you don’t feel the need to punish yourself in January.
What is the key? Moderation. Have a bite or 2 of your favorite holiday treats, and really savor them. Ring in the New Year with a glass of champagne. Get with friends and family and go for a walk or bicycle ride in place of a regular workout. You’ll get some exercise while also spending time with them. And try to get plenty of rest. Going to bed a little earlier is a great way to excuse yourself from a gathering you don’t want to be part of.