“Reality Check” is an article series which looks at common mistakes people make when they begin dieting for weight loss. We’ll check out some ‘thought adjustments’ that will help you make better choices on your journey. The articles include tips, new ideas to try, strategies to follow, and encouragement to keep you moving forward.

New year, new you?

“It’s a new year, and it’s going to be YOUR year to change your life. You’re going to get thinner, and fitter, more toned, and happier.”  

The new year always brings grandiose personal promises of change on the diet and fitness front. People decide to train for marathons, or lose 50kg in twelve weeks, or whatever else their goal is.

The problem with this is that they’ve made these commitments every year for the last ten years, but they’ve never succeeded before, and there’s no magic potion that kicks in of the first of January. For some reason, though, they feel like THIS year will be different. They head into the year thinking about their future success, but go about their business with little to no actual change to create the success they dream of.

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Does this sound familiar?

So here’s the inconvenient truth:

If you want to actually reach your goals this year, then you’re going to need to be uncomfortable.

You’re going to have to alter your lifestyle. You may have to give up on some things that you really love, in order to get something you’ll love even more. And if you don’t do these things (and keep doing them for months and months) you’re going to come short AGAIN.

Here’s a suggestion

Maybe change your goal from completing the Iron Man (or Comrades etc…) to something more achievable that’ll only take a few weeks of hard graft.

Something like “I want to lose two kilograms of bodyweight”, or “I want to go to the gym three times every week”. These are achievable, and achieving them will make you feel amazing. This creates momentum, which makes tough decisions less tough – and that’s the key to making commitments last.

Once you’ve achieved your small goals, you can escalate them, and slowly but surely you WILL achieve your dreams. But start small, and work on the foundations FIRST.

If you do this, then you are laying the foundations for success… Do it! I know you can!

Read more in the ‘reality check’ series below: