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Make Weight Loss Resolution A Habit

By Kelli Grant
Published: December 28, 2009, 6:10 PM

So you've put down your foot and decided next year you're going to get off the couch and hit the gym. Maybe you've even decided to cut out the fast food.

Getting back in shape is a very common New Year's resolution. But making it a habit isn't so common.

Whether you're familiar with the gym, or don't even know where to begin, you know it can be intimidating. But getting over that hump can get you here a second, or even a third time. But to keep from stopping there, you need to start here.

“You have to be ready to change yourself. Instead of just having it be January first - everybody's doing it - you have to be ready to change,” Haley Schramm with Sanford Family Wellness said.

And before you set foot on a treadmill, you need to be realistic about what you're trying to accomplish.

“Some people just jump right in because of the time of year and they haven't thought about what their goals really are. They haven't thought about a realistic plan,” Schramm said.

Begin by deciding why you're really here.

“Everybody says they wanna lose weight. Everybody does. But finding an internal motivation, instead of the weight loss, but why do you want to lose weight - you know you wanna feel better about yourself - you wanna have confidence. It affects every area of your life,” Schramm said.

Then choose the perfect time to fit the resolution into your life.

“If you're a morning person, get it done in the morning. Otherwise get in here after work. Maybe over noon if you can get in here over your lunch hour. But find a realistic time for you and your family,” Schramm said.

Most importantly, do what you can, when you can do it.

“If you only have two days a week, do it two days a week. You know it's better than nothing. And if we set goals that are way too high and we don't achieve them, then we feel like failures and that's when people tend to drop off,” Schramm said.

But following these simple steps will hopefully become routine and help you never make weight loss a resolution again.

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