'Tis the season for good intentions!
While cutting calories may seem like the first logical step toward weight loss, getting too overzealous can shrink your progress.
Mistake #1: Making resolutions that are too big or too vague
When someone declares a general, undefined goal, such as "I want to lose 20 pounds this year," but doesn't create a specific strategy for achieving it, success rates plummet. Breaking down the initial goal into smaller components, such as "I want to lose two pounds in January" or "I want to walk for 30 minutes every day."
Smaller goals allow people to have many more wins and feel like they are constantly taking steps toward their ultimate goal, which builds confidence along the way.
Specific: "I will exercise three times a week for 30 minutes" is much more specific than "I will get in better shape."
Measurable: "I will lose 15 pounds" rather than "I will lose weight."
Achievable: "I will run a marathon in three months" is much more achievable for someone in reasonably good shape than for someone who is obese.
Reasonable: "I will run a half marathon in 12 months" is more reasonable for someone who is out of shape than "I will run a half marathon in three months."
Time-bound: Set a date by which you will reach the goal: "By the end of the year, I will have lost 30 pounds and be able to run for 30 minutes without stopping."
Takeaway Tip: To establish your plan, get a blank piece of paper and write your goal and target time frame at the top. Next, break down that goal into micro-goals on a smaller time line. When you see it laid out in front of you in small steps, it becomes much easier to accomplish.
Mistake #2: Having an all-or-nothing mindset
If you slip up and eat too much pizza for lunch, do you think, "The damage is already done, might as well have a few cookies" ? Or if you oversleep and miss your Thursday morning workout, do you figure you'll just forgo Friday's and start fresh next week? Perhaps the biggest nemesis to any weight loss program, this self-defeating outlook can send even the best of intentions into a tailspin.
With all-or-nothing thinking, one mistake cascades into a series of mistakes, which are often followed by feelings of guilt and hopelessness. This approach demands perfection, which is both unrealistic and unsustainable. People who are successful with losing weight and getting healthy learn from their mistakes and get right back on track. They seek balance and are committed to a lifetime of healthy practices.
Takeaway Tip :Focus on forward progress rather than the backslides. Sometimes we just need to give ourselves a pat on the back for doing the best we can, given life's circumstances, and make plans to do incrementally better each day. Good done consistently is always better than perfect done sporadically.
Mistake #3: Overdoing it
If you're new to a workout, take it easy and use the first couple of sessions to observe rather than fully participate. Make sure your teacher or trainer knows that you're new and will be taking it slow. Don't compare yourself to the other participants—they were new once, and they likely have been coming for a long time.
Takeaway Tip: Overdoing any activity for an extended period, no matter your physical ability, can lead to extreme muscle soreness, sickness, diminished confidence and even serious injury. If you experience dizziness, extreme fatigue, nausea, discomfort or overheating during a workout, take a break for a few minutes or leave the class.
Mistake #4: Failing to surround yourself with positive influences
As the old saying goes, we are the company we keep. If you spend time with people who eat poorly, don't exercise and lack motivation, even your noblest resolutions could be in peril.
People who make and break their resolutions tend to surround themselves with similar underachievers. Take a hard look at the five people you spend the most time with—chances are, you're going to be a lot like them. It's important to be picky about who you allow to influence you.
Takeaway Tip: Finding a friend (or a whole group) who's already doing what you want to do, or at least more than you're currently doing, and asking them to keep you accountable. Surrounding yourself with people who are working hard to improve can make a huge difference in your own success.
Mistake #5: Eating food you hate
Practicing dietary moderation doesn't have to mean filling your plate with foods you hate. Although this may work in the short term, severely limiting your diet for an extended period will likely cause you to fall off the healthy eating bandwagon.
Takeaway Tip: For your lifestyle to change, you have to enjoy what you eat.
Mistake #6: Doing just one type of exercise
While it's great to choose workouts you enjoy, tunnel vision is a ticket to Plateau City. Once you've made exercise a daily habit, look for ways to mix it up. If you do any one type of exercise for long enough, your body will eventually adapt to it and progress will stop. Also, repeatedly performing the same movements can put you at risk of injury. Plus, it gets boring! This is one of the main reasons that so many resolutions get ditched by February.
Takeaway Tip: For optimal results in shedding fat, sculpting the body and building all-around fitness, follow a varied exercise schedule that works all the muscles of the body, gets you moving in lots of different ways and pushes you outside of your comfort zone.
Mistake #7: Focusing on subtracting rather than adding
When you're laser-focused on losing weight, you might be inclined to think in terms of what should be eliminated from your diet. Sugar, soda, fried foods—all of them become silent enemies of your new, healthy lifestyle.
Takeaway Tip: Rather than concentrating solely on erasing negative habits, thinking about adding positive ones. Instead of deciding that you will give up all junk food, add a glass of water before each meal for a week. Add a salad to your dinner every day, or eat one more piece of fruit or an added portion of vegetables. You may find that you're 'crowding out' the junk simply by eating more clean foods. Feeling deprived is the quickest way to leave you feeling desperate for the foods you eliminated from your diet. A healthy balance of smart choices and treats in moderation is ideal.
Mistake #8: Letting the scale be your only measure of success
Depending on where you are in your weight loss journey, the scale can be your worst enemy or your best friend.
Weight can be affected by countless factors, such as water intake, salt intake, hormones, sleep, muscle soreness and muscle gain. The scale, therefore, is not always the best indicator of progress toward your goals.
Takeaway Tip: Taking full-body pictures is also a good way to visually check progress. If improving your health is your primary motivation, monitoring resting heart rate and blood pressure would also be good markers of improvement.
Mistake #9 : Not planning meals
When it comes to losing weight, getting fit and improving your health, planning is key—and not just for workouts. Meal planning and preparation is integral to fulfilling your weight loss resolutions. Not only will it help you avoid falling into the fast-food and takeout trap, it will help ensure that you get the right mix of proteins, fats and carbs in your daily meals.
Takeaway Tip: Taking the time to plan your meals for the week, and then hitting the grocery to ensure that you have what you need. If you have a busy schedule, take a day to prep the meals so you'll always have healthy go-to meals and snacks during the week.
Mistake #10: Taking on too much at once.
Many resolution-makers start exercising and start diets and changing their lifestyles. When this becomes too much to handle all at once, they quit. Many people attribute the 'fit lifestyle' to working out five times a week, cooking 80 percent of their meals at home, waking up early, going to bed late and making countless sacrifices. Although this may be true, it certainly doesn't need to start out this way. Making too many changes at once can be extremely overwhelming.
So many people resolve on January 1st to eat better, exercise more, go to bed earlier, drink less and start doing yoga. No wonder most of them quit—that's a huge resolution! They're all great things, but trying to do that much at once is a recipe for failure.
Takeaway Tip: Start small by picking one realistic, actionable thing to focus on each week or month and then adapt your routine from there. As the cumulative effects build, you'll be more likely to stick with it and avoid getting overwhelmed.
Mistake #11: Not changing your environment
Although your own outlook, actions and habits are integral to meeting your resolutions, your surroundings also play a critical role in their success, many people set goals for self-improvement but then fail to change their environments, which sets them up to revert to old temptations and bad habits.
Your environment is a big influencer of what you eat, how you sleep and whether or not you work out. If you want to turn over a new leaf, look for positive ways to change your environment.
Takeaway Tip: Try moving the TV out of the bedroom so it becomes your sleep sanctuary. Set out your workout clothes the night before and plan to meet a friend at the gym. Buy a big water bottle that you can carry with you in place of soda or sweet tea. Purge the candy and sugary snacks from your home and office.
Mistake #12: Having self-limiting beliefs
When you're coming from a place of frustration and low self-esteem, it can seem challenging or downright impossible to believe in your chances of succeeding.
Clients might say things like, "I'm not good at sticking to a workout routine. I've only ever lasted a month or two, then I get sick of it and fall back into my old habits." They see these characteristics as set in stone, instead of something they can work to improve over time.
Takeaway Tip: Accept that you might not have had success with your resolutions yet, but that you will always continue to learn and grow, slowly getting better and better as you refine your process.
Setbacks don't signal the end of a weight-loss journey—to the contrary, they're part of the process. Instead of throwing in the towel, looking at your slip-up with curiosity rather than judgment. Did you try to do too much too soon? Did you start negative self-talk for slipping up? Be gentle with yourself, and know that you can simply get back on the horse.
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Two 8-oz. cans crushed pineapple packed in juice ( drained & rinsed)
1 tbsp. chopped garlic
1 tbsp. lime juice
1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
3/4 tsp. salt
12 oz. raw lean boneless pork tenderloin, trimmed of excess fat
12 oz. raw boneless pork shoulder, trimmed of excess fat
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 cups chopped onion
One 4-oz. can diced jalapeños (drained)
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, or more for topping
In a slow cooker, combine pineapple, garlic, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Mix well.
Season both types of pork with black pepper and remaining 1/2 tsp. salt, and add to the slow cooker. Top with onion, jalapeños, and cilantro. Gently stir to coat.
Cover and cook on high for 3–4 hours or on low for 7–8 hours, until pork is cooked through and onion has softened.
Transfer pork to a large bowl. Shred with two forks.
Return pork to the slow cooker, and mix well.
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1/2 large bell pepper (sliced lengthwise), seeds and stem removed
1 large egg
1 slice (about 1 oz.) reduced-sodium ham
1 tbsp. fat-free plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. light butter
1 drop lemon juice
Preheat oven to 400ºF. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
Place pepper half on the baking sheet, cut side up. Bake for 20 minutes, or until tender.
Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Cook egg over easy, 1–2 minutes (or cook to your preference). If desired, cook ham on the opposite side of the skillet until warm.
Transfer pepper half to a plate, and top with ham and egg.
In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine yogurt, mustard, butter, and lemon juice. Mix until uniform. Microwave until hot, about 15 seconds, and stir. (If you prefer a thinner sauce, add a bit of water.) Spoon over egg.
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5 Minute Bluberry Crunch Toast
1 slice whole grain bread with 35-40 calories per slice
1 1/2 tbsp. light/reduced-fat cream cheese
1 1/2 tbsp. light/low-fat ricotta cheese
1/2 packet no-calorie sweetener
1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
3 tbsp. blueberries
In a small bowl, combine all remaining ingredients except freeze-dried blueberries. Mix until uniform.
Fold in blueberries. Spread over the toast.
Top with remaining blueberries.
MAKES 1 SERVING
1/3 cup (about 3 large) egg whites or fat-free liquid egg substitute
8 oz. raw pork tenderloin, trimmed of excess fat, chopped
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. ground ginger
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
4 cups riced cauliflower
2 cups frozen peas and carrots
1 cup chopped onion
1 tbsp. sesame oil
2 tsp. chopped garlic
1/4 cup low calorie thick teriyaki marinade or sauce
Bring an extra-large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Scramble egg whites/substitute until fully cooked, about 3 minutes, using a spatula to break them into bite-sized pieces. Transfer to a medium bowl.
Remove skillet from heat; clean, if needed. Respray, and bring to medium-high heat. Add pork and seasonings. Cook and stir until browned on all sides, about 2 minutes.
Add cauliflower, frozen veggies, onion, oil, and garlic. Cook and stir until pork is fully cooked and veggies are soft, 6–8 minutes.
Reduce heat to medium low. Add scrambled egg whites/substitute and teriyaki sauce. Cook and stir until hot and well mixed, about 2 minutes.
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One 3-lb. raw boneless chuck beef roast (trimmed of excess fat)
1 tsp. each salt and black pepper
One 14-oz. can fat-free beef broth
4 cups carrots cut into 1/2-inch coins
3 cups roughly chopped onion
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 cup celery cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 tbsp. tomato paste
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 tsp. chopped garlic
2 tbsp. cornstarch
Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to high heat. Season roast with 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper. Cook and rotate until all sides are browned, about 5 minutes. Place in a slow cooker.
Add all remaining ingredients except cornstarch to the slow cooker, including the remaining 3/4 tsp. each salt and black pepper. Gently stir.
Cook on high for 3 - 4 hours or on low for 7 - 8 hours, until roast is cooked through.
Turn off slow cooker. In a small bowl, dissolve cornstarch in 2 tbsp. cold water. Stir into the liquid in the slow cooker. Let sit, uncovered, until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
Remove and discard thyme sprigs. Slice meat and serve topped with veggies and sauce!
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