2014 is so last year.
The holidays are over.
A new year has started.
Vacations are over and the kids are back at school.
I have 1 question for you:
Are you any closer to achieving your health and weight loss goals today than you were this time last year?
I’m afraid I already know your answer…
Now’s the time to move on and make 2015 different – time to really make a difference – time for MASSIVE change and improvement.
It’s time to become the best version of yourself you can possibly be!
How are you going to become the new you?
Let me tell you…
To really accomplish your health and weight loss goals in 2015 follow this tried and true success blueprint.
Your 2015 Weight Loss Success Blueprint
Step 1. Review your goals from 2014 and acknowledge successes and not-so-much successes.
It’s important to take a step back and look at how your efforts, or lack thereof, have served you in the past.
Without this knowledge, you really don’t have a launching pad from which to leap from.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- “Did I properly prepare for weight loss success?”
- “What action did I take to achieve my goals?”
- “What could I have done differently that would have ensured my success?”
- “What worked for me that I can continue to do this next year?”
- “Was my action plan full of short-term weight loss tactics or long-term strategies?”
Once you take a good look backwards to analyze the successes and failures from the previous year, clear the slate and start fresh.
Step 2. Decide on 1-3 new health and weight loss (SMART) goals for 2015.
Of course, you can and should set more goals in other areas of your life but for the sake of this blog post we are focusing specifically on weight loss and health related goals.
SMART goals are:
S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Attainable
R = Realistic
T = Time Component
I’ve written about my method for setting SMART goals here so I won’t go in to too much detail now.
Here is an example of the perfect goal:
“I will easily lose 20 pounds of fat from my body and weigh 140 pounds and be 15.5% body fat by March 31, 2015.”
This goal has all of the requirements of a SMART goal and will greatly increase my chances of successful weight loss over a less well-crafted goal such as:
“I want to lose weight.”
“I want to fit into my skinny jeans.”
There just isn’t enough detail in those goals to help you achieve them.
Step 3. Develop a highly effective, lifestyle-shifting action plan to accomplish those goals.
An action plan is essentially your step-by-step guide to how you are going to achieve your particular goals.
The more detailed your action plan is, the greater the chances you have to achieving your goals.
One caveat is that many people fill their action plans full of weight loss “tactics” – short-term tasks they will do for a week or two before they become too much of a pain in the ass to continue doing until goals are reached.
On the other hand, weight loss “strategies” are techniques used long-term – essentially healthy habits that are incorporated into daily life, one at a time, with the intention of doing them for the rest of their lives.
I call these weight loss strategies LIFESTYLE SHIFTS.
The most effective action plans are filled with lifestyle shifts.
If you don’t think you can maintain a particular action forever then there’s no use in trying to do it at all.
Step 4. Develop your “powerful why”.
Your powerful why is the one thing that you feel so strongly about that it can motivate you to get up every single day and make all the right choices that move you closer to your goals.
No obstacle is strong enough to stand in the way of your powerful why.
I wrote more about how to determine your powerful why and how to use it in this blog post.
Step 5. Enlist social support and the guidance of a mentor.
Studies show that having social support greatly increases your chances of achieving your goals.
Find friends, family or co-workers who have similar goals to yours and carry out your action plans together.
- Schedule exercise time together.
- Share healthy recipes and menus with each other.
- Hold each other accountable.
If you really struggle with motivation or accountability you may want to consider a Weight Loss Coach. They’ll give you a proven plan to help you lose your unwanted body fat, as well as motivate you and hold you accountable.
You *could*skip this step if you are good at motivating yourself. Here’s a great presentation to help you:
Step 6. Fully commit yourself to becoming the best version of yourself you can possibly be.
It’s one thing to go through the first 5 steps of this blueprint, it’s another to fully commit yourself to your desired outcome.
I have each one of my weight loss clients sign I commitment to excellence form – it’s a promise to themselves that they will give 100% effort in carrying out the action plan we develop for them, and it really works great.
If you want to be successful in 2015 at reaching your health and weight loss goals then I suggest you sit down today with a pen and paper and take a few hours to hash this information out.
You won’t know how to get there if you don’t know where you’re going…
This blueprint will be your “treasure map” to your best self!
Need help with your Weight Loss Success Blueprint?
These are the exact steps I take with my coaching clients as we work together towards achieving their health and weight loss goals.
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“Working with Susan was exactly the motivation and accountability that I needed to reach my personal goals this year. I wish I hadn’t waited this long to get results!” ~ Judy B.
“Susan taught me some new techniques to keep me motivated to wake up everyday and make the right choices to help me lose weight. Before I started this program I really wasn’t giving it my best effort. I was held accountable and that really made the difference for me.” Katherine L.
Don’t let 2015 pass you by like in previous years…