A common resolution at this time of year is to lose weight. It may be for that summer vacation, that summer wedding, or for health reasons. While we know that our outward appearance is not what makes a person, it has a huge impact on our self-esteem. It is difficult to be at your best for yourself and others if you are unhappy about how you look. When you feel look good, you are more likely to feel good.
There are many strategies to help people lose weight; exercise plans, supplements, special diets, personal trainers, etc. Those strategies can all be very effective. However, they can also be costly too. Guess what? It doesn’t have to be. No matter the strategy, the formula for losing weight is actually pretty simple. You simply need to create a consistent calorie deficit. In other words, you need to burn more calories than you are taking in. That’s it. For example, let’s say you are taking in about 3000 calories per day before you decided to commit to an exercise program. You may decide to eliminate 500 calories from you diet by eliminating a couple of sodas each day. Then you would also burn 250-500 calories by doing moderate exercise 3-5 days a week. With just that simple formula, one would be on the way to losing approximately 2 lbs a week, maybe more. A combination of moderate exercise and a reduction in calories will melt pounds away. While there is nothing wrong with special diets, personal trainers, etc., you can do it without them. You likely have everything you need to have the body and health you so desire! You can win by losing!
Happy New Year’s everyone! The New Year brings with it an opportunity to start anew. In our culture, it is quite common to make New Year’s resolutions. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a resolution as “the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc.” A resolution is basically a goal. I think it is great that people use the New Year to make resolutions. Having goals for oneself is always encouraged. People relate well to cycles; a new year is essentially the natural beginning of a cycle, thus a relatively convenient time to set goals. Obviously, we should not confine resolutions or goals to New Year’s Day. We should all be in a state of continually developing and progressing ourselves.
We are all aware of the ease of making a goal or resolution compared to the challenge of actually sticking with them. I feel our resolutions should focus more on our process or progress toward a goal as opposed to the goal itself. Notice that I say progress. Progress indicates positive, consistent actions toward an expectation or goal. We have a much greater likelihood of keeping our resolutions, no matter when they are made, if we are focused more on the consistent actions to reach a goal. Consistency in our actions leads to growing confidence, which strengthens our resolve in progressing toward our goals. We must have resolve in our resolutions. Achieving success is a process and not an event!
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