4 Steps to Prepare for Weight Loss Success in 2014

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With the holiday season approaching, many people want to think about cutting back and losing weight. However, with the rush of work, shopping, cleaning the home, and everything else that comes with the busy time of year, weight loss can get pushed to the back burner.

If that happens, most plan to start fresh at the new year. Will 2014 be the year that you reach your health goals and get the body you want? If so, read on for the steps you need to take in order to prepare yourself for weight loss success beginning in January!
Prepare for Weight Loss Success in 2014

Prepare for Weight Loss Success in 2014

1. Don’t worry about your goals until January.

This may seem strange to say, but guilt and stress over what you are eating at the holidays isn’t going to do you any good. So, enjoy the family dinners with loved ones rather than obsessing about what’s on your plate. It’s still recommended that you eat sensibly during the remaining months of 2013, but you don’t need to go hardcore if you are waiting until the new year to begin your weight loss.

2. Ask for health and fitness products as holiday gifts.

This is a great time to ask for the high-dollar weight loss products that you wouldn’t have the money to afford (or wouldn’t buy for yourself) otherwise. Maybe you’d like a Fitbit Flex or a heart rate monitor to track your progress. A blender may be a good investment if you plan to make healthy smoothies. Think about things that will make your journey easier once you start it in 2014 – these are practical gifts that will get tons of use!

3. Clear out your kitchen on December 31.

Spend New Year’s Eve cleaning out the pantry and refrigerator. Get rid of unhealthy snacks, frozen dinners, and anything overly processed. All of the leftovers need to be gone by then too. Make room for your new healthy way of eating. Once it’s ready, fill your kitchen with delicious foods that will help you lose weight and get in shape rather than hindering your efforts.

4. Define your goals and plans before you begin.

Anything worth doing is easier when you have a plan to stick with. Weight loss is no exception. Decide how you want to eat…Will you be cooking low-fat, low-carb, or a mixture of the two? Do you want to eat completely clean or try something like Paleo? Perhaps a healthy eating cookbook would be a great tool to begin with.

Also, consider your activity. Will you join a gym? If so, how often will you visit it and what types of exercise do you plan to do? If you will be working out at home, what methods will you be using? Workout DVDs? Routines that require dumbbells or balance balls? Determining exactly how you want to achieve your weight loss success is essential in order to reach your goals.

Comments

  1. says

    Thanks a lot. I was on Jenny Craig and have gone off the wagon. I have to stop this diet of late night cookies, I can feel the pants tightening. Thanks for the reminder!
    Mitch

  2. says

    I think clearing out your kitchen is a great start and you can start now to do better. I started last year to do better when I decided to not buy anymore soda for the home. So far I have only slipped twice this year but that is great considering I use to drink soda by the case load

  3. says

    clearing out the kitchen probably doesn’t include eating all of the things that are going to be cleared out in a day, right? :) i kid, i kid. excellent steps! i have big goals for myself in 2014

  4. says

    I really like that first step – so that means I can eat all the peppermint I want for the rest of the month, right? ha ha! No, in all seriousness, I have to watch what I am eating NOW because I don’t want to gain even more weight before January first. But I am not going to worry about LOSING until then.

  5. says

    Thanks. I try to watch my weight especially during this Season because of all the holiday treats (Yum). So I cut way back on bread, rice and other carbs so I can indulge sparingly.
    Estelle

  6. says

    I love that you said not to worry about it this month. I want to do a cleanse and start an exercise routine in January, but I know I would fail if I started now with all the holiday parties.

  7. says

    What a great list of tips. I know so many people who set New Year’s Resolutions of losing weight in the new year and just never do it. I think that coming up with a list of proactive steps you can take to achieving any goal makes it much more likely to actually come to fruition.

  8. says

    I love the tip about not stressing over the holidays- I think this so often just sets us up to fail! I also think clearing out your kitchen is SUCH a smart idea and a great way to prepare for the new year. Great tips!

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