Fit for 2016? Is it too late?

Have you made a pledge to get fit in 2016? Is 2016 the year you are going to clean up your eating and exercise more? Is 2016 going to be a year of changes? Looking to start in January?

You might be too late.

The Statics Brain Research Institute states that the top 5/10 New Year’s resolutions for 2015 are:

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Get Organized
  3. Spend Less. Save More
  4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
  5. Staying Fit and Healthy

If you are looking to get fit and lose weight you are definitely not alone. 45% of people make resolutions and only 8% are successful at keeping them.

So why do so many people fail? I think it’s not that complicated. This is what happens to a few of us:

  • You set a target to lose 10lbs in 2016.
  • You spend the month of December enjoying your last month of freedom; eat what you want, attend holiday events, have a few extra drinks, because you know, come January, everything is going to change.
  • You wake up January 1st and you realize that you gained 5lbs through the holidays.
  • You update your goal to 15lbs.
  • You start going to the gym (or workout at home). The workouts are hard. You get tired. You stick with the workouts for 3 weeks. Meanwhile you are trying to clean up your diet. You promise yourself no more sugar, maybe you are ‘off carbs’. You start to feel tired and run down. You get on the scale the 3rd week in January and realize you have only lost 2lbs. WTF!
  • The ‘no sugar and no carbs’ is hard and you start sneaking a few crackers here and there.
  • You get to the end of January, get on the scale only to realize you have only lost 3lbs.
  • Then the chocolate displays for Valentine’s Day start popping up everywhere. So you start snacking on the odd chocolate (because you have been sugar free for a month) and keep up with the gym, but you are tired.
  • You get to the end of February and you have now gained the 3lbs you lost!
  • Then you start realizing that this new diet is not working. So you go back to what you are eating (because you are starving) and the next think you know its spring and you are still 15lbs overweight.
  • Then you try and lose a few pounds through the summer; maybe do some crazy cleanse, or try no-carbs for a few weeks and you can’t shake those 10lbs.
  • Or maybe you never lost those 5lbs and now your target is 15-20lbs.
  • Does all this sound a bit familiar?

So how do you get out of this cycle? Making a commitment to lose weight, permanently, means changing “how” you live, and that change needs to start now, not in January.

Changing how you ‘live’ means: improving nutrition, increasing physical activity, reducing stress, and building better habits. It isn’t easy, but it is possible.

A better “you “starts today, don’t wait until January. If you are interested in how to make this happen: call me. Let’s start the conversation.