5 Ways to Actually Keep Your New Year Weight Loss Resolution

In the next month or so, your 2018 resolution motivation will begin to fade. It’s normal. It happens to you and the other 80 percent of people that set goals, myself included.

I know what to do and how to make it happen. I wanted to share strategies for success that I’ll be using to finally reach my goals and change my perspective.

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FitBit – Week One Thoughts

I’ve officially had my FitBit Charge HR for one week. Being that it was $150, I was hoping it was money well spent (especially since I had cancelled my Weight Watchers).

Needless to say it’s been completely eye opening and I actually probably hadn’t been eating enough during the week or if I could actually get through a weekend without messing up.

Granted, I did go to a place in town last night and went over my calorie goal yesterday, I think I’ll be okay.

Before we went out I realized I was already two pounds down. There’s a certain weight that I won’t really feel I’ve made progress until I’m down (about five pounds), but even this two is more than I’ve seen in awhile.

I LOVE that I can just rely on the FitBit to tell me my caloric intake for the day. It takes information from the heart rate monitor on all your activity to determine that.

Plus, it’s encouraging to help you get in your 64 ounces of water in and 10,000 steps a day.

I always thought I was so far off based on what my iPhone said but I’ve been able to get them in and sometimes more every day.Then for the water, I thought that would be hard. It hasn’t been as hard as I thought. I’ve hit the goal five of the seven days I’ve had the FitBit! And the days I missed, I just needed one more bottle. If you drink a bottle (16.9 ounces) before work, one in the morning, one in the afternoon and then one at night with dinner or whatnot, you’re there!

I’ve always taken the time to plan each week, but had trouble with understanding caloric deficit. I mean the whole concept made sense, and I calculated my BMR online but that was just a number. That doesn’t take in account the different things you do in a day. That’s what I love about the FitBit Charge HR. It takes everything into account and adjusts my day.

I haven’t been starving this week. I’ve been pretty active even just taking long walks instead of jogging every night. I’ve drank more water during the day than I have in forever.

I will also plug everything into the app so it’s nice to have all one place. Others really enjoy using My Fitness Pal with it too which is a great idea. Since I was starting from scratch with something after canceling my Weight Watchers, I didn’t mind just using the FitBit app. It’s been very easy to use.

Best of all, I’ve seen a little progress. Hopefully that stays true through the end of the week but I’m already very happy with this purchase.

Changing Up my Weight Loss Journey

FitBitWeight Watchers has been successful for me in the past, so I stuck with it. I even went off of it for about half a year last year because I was close to my goal and thought I knew the basics enough to implement my own strategy with calorie counting mixed in with a lower carb diet which I think has been how Weight Watchers has helped me.

Then some things changed up health-wise and there I was. Back where I started.

It’s a terrible place.

Since Weight Watchers has been like a security blanket for me I went back to it. I think just over time I learned how to cheat the system maybe a bit, and maybe I over-did it on my freebies in terms of fruits and vegetables because at the end of the day some really do have calories.

I’d tried on and off since September of last year to really work hard and get back to at least closer to my goal. Needless to say I haven’t been successful. At all.

Albert Einstein said insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result.

That’s been me of the last year.

I’ll go in spurts where I’ll do a great job at working out, and eating right, then I’ll break if I get busy. I’ll just throw it out the window. And lately even if I am doing everything right, I’m sure I’ve been cheating my Weight Watchers. I’ll sometimes see how much of a serving I can have before the point value changes to the next number. Or I will fill my ninja blender with fruit for a smoothie–I’m sure especially the smoothies with bananas in it can add up.

I’ve been listening to the Half-Size Me podcast for quite some time now and it’s been so helpful to understand a lot about weight loss, what making a lifestyle change is all about, etc. In fact, that’s where I heard the quote above about insanity because Heather, the gal who runs the podcast, says that quite a bit. And it’s so true.

While the exact math of calories in and calories out isn’t totally accurate, I’m sure insanitybeing as close as possible while maintaining a somewhat low carb diet would be great for me.

Hence I threw off my security blanket this weekend.

I bought a FitBit HR and cancelled my Weight Watchers subscription.

I’m hoping that seeing the actual numbers will help me. I’m sure it will. I’m hoping it’ll help me on those days where I feel I just want to give up. I hope it will just be a great aid when I am feeling motivated.

In the Half Size Me community, and the other fitness group I’m a part of on Facebook, I’ve seen so many people overcome such great obstacles. It makes the 20ish or so pounds I want to lose seem so small. I wonder “Why can’t you just do it? Some people have lost 100, 200 or even 300 pounds! And you can’t do 20!?”

So I’m making a change in hopes to be successful. Get the results I want. I’ve had my thyroid checked again and I’m fine, so this is definitely all on me. My failures are my fault, and my successes are my own personal gains.

We’ll see how this FitBit goes. If you have any suggestions or helpful tips, let me know below in the comments!

I’ve been terrible about blogging just because I’ve been so busy lately but hoping things change soon–and I’ll definitely try to keep up with my progress.

The Start of a New Year is Just Always Easier

Weight LossOnce Halloween hits, it’s really hard for the following two months to stay true to fitness goals. It’s very possible, don’t get me wrong, it’s just hard with family functions, holiday parties, etc. Maybe that’s why it’s easy to say January 1 is a good day to get back on the wagon. After all, there really isn’t much coming up. You need some time not to be tempted to build up the strength to say no.

Once you’ve got a couple weeks under  your belt of being healthy and maybe seeing a pound or two go, it suddenly become much easier to say “You know what? No. I don’t want that donut. I don’t want that cookie. I don’t need that pasta.” You don’t want to ruin all the hard work you’ve done.

For me, I did really well over the summer. I got down to numbers I haven’t seen in awhile and was really happy with myself. Then the holidays set in, and I’m not too far away from where I was, but I’ll need to do some work to get there. Then I’ll need to do some work to get where I want to be.

I get a lot of shit from people from where I want to be, but we all need to remember to keep our weight loss goals relative to ourselves. That includes myself. When people are thinner than me, or I admire the way they look, it frustrates me they’re trying to lose more. But I don’t walk in their shoes. Who am I to judge? Think of it that way. It’s all relative.

This treadmill is getting unfolded!

This treadmill is getting unfolded!

With my wedding being this year, I really need to step it up. Absolutely no excuses. This sounds like such a typical “new year” thing to say. But I’m on a deadline. I have eight months.

Originally I wanted to do this on my own, but then I realized I needed to become a part of something. I’m going to be doing a challenge with a group of girls, then will also be going back to Weight Watchers. I stopped WW a few months ago because I was tight on money and had a calculator. I figured why not do it myself? But obviously, I haven’t. And now that I have a smart phone, I can use the app. I’m really looking forward to that.

What I love about WW is how realistic it is. It teaches you healthier decisions. And you can eat treats and snacks. You just have to be smart about it. I’m really looking forward to getting back on track. And I know I can do it. I’ve lost 20 pounds. I’ve been really hovering over the same weight for about a year, it’s gone up a bit during the holidays. Hopefully I can just work really hard and in a few months, I’ll really be happy about the decision to become a part of the challenge and pay for WW.

Here’s to a successful 2013!