As the days progress into the new year and you start to write down the goals you wish to achieve there are a few things I have learnt over the years that I would like you to keep in mind.
Don't change everything at once.
Completely overhauling your lifestyle is a big thing. And most people's goals fall by the wayside come February because they aim for perfection and try to change everything all at once - a recipe for failure. It's hard to change food habits, exercise habits (or lack of), time management skills etc. all together, especially if you are a beginner. Grab yourself a sheet of paper and set yourself some small, sustainable weekly goals. Pick one or two things each week that you would like to work on and then focus on consistently progressing in those areas each week. Once you've got that under control, pick another 2 things to focus on the following week.
For example, in the first week you might focus on drinking 2 litres of water a day and walking for 30 mins 5 days a week. The next week you will continue with this and you might add "cutting sugar in tea/coffee" and "walking for 40 mins 5 times a week".
You will have setbacks
Life happens. There have been some weeks when I have only managed to work out twice a week. Days when I've been caught out and I've had to rely on food choices that are less than ideal. Life will get in the way. This is a journey. As long as you are consistent most of the time this will not be a problem so don't beat yourself up. Do not throw in the towel and assume you have ruined everything.
Results may not be noticeable be in a week or 2 or even 4. Weight loss, fat loss, strength goals are all great but they take time. Chances are others will notice changes before you. Some changes will start from the inside out so do not panic if the scales are not changing (more on that in another post). Focus instead on the improvements you are making to your health, your fitness, your mood etc.
Don't forget to rest
Rest is important not just for your body but for your mind too. Giving your body one or two days rest a week will ensure you avoid over training, physical exhaustion, injuries and mental burnout.
Be Kind to yourself
Don't beat yourself up if you have a bad day/week/month. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get back in the game. No body is perfect, and they only person you need to be better than is yourself.