2014 A New Year… A New Journey… A New You!

For most of us, “Ringing in a New Year” often involves hard to keep “New Year’s Resolutions”. If yours involves weight loss we can help!

By New Journey Weight Loss & Wellness, Dina Dogum-Smith, CHHC, AADP –

2014 A New YearWith the tick-tock of our clock’s sweeping hands, 2014 arrived and about 50% of Americans wrote out their New Year’s Resolutions. For some the list will have the same resolutions that were made the previous year, topping the lists – losing weight. If you weren’t successful last year, this year can and will be different; especially if you select the right weight loss journey.

What is a New Year’s Resolution? Typically it is a promise that you make to yourself to start doing something good or to stop doing something bad, with intent to begin on the first day of the new year. Resolutions are a tradition, rooted in sincerity, determination and a resolute mind-set to succeed in the new year. Despite the initial confidence of success, it sometimes doesn’t take long for reality to set in; with goals overshadowed, derailed by other priorities and losing direction, support and accountability.

To improve finances you need to consult someone who understands finances and fiscal maneuvering. To find a better job a recruiter might be enlisted. So it goes without saying that in order to lose weight you must seek expert advice to be successful.

At New Journey Weight Loss & Wellness our programs can ensure the success of your weight loss as a New Year’s Resolution or at any time of the year. We can even offer guaranteed results on our programs. Here are some helpful tips toward success in your weight loss based New Year’s Resolution.

Proper Goal Setting
Weight loss goals are more often attained when you set small measurable goals; such as, losing 3 pounds a week, instead of saying “I want to lose weight”. At New Journey Weight Loss & Wellness we ensure your goal is attainable, safe and tied to your lifestyle. Although there are quick fix diets with pre-packaged meals, prescribed drugs and shots like HCG available, New Journey Weight Loss & Wellness will teach you how to lose up to 3 to 5 pounds per week while eating restaurant and grocery store foods and prepare food that any family member can enjoy.

Don’t Wait for Motivation to Kick in
If you wait to get motivated to lose weight, you’ll likely never succeed in your resolution; seek action now. Once you take that first step toward fulfilling your weight loss journey and see a few pounds start to fall off and begin to feel the healthier side of your life, then motivation and inspiration will stimulate you to success. Call New Journey Weight Loss & Wellness today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation (239) 280-0678.

Find a Friend
You don’t have to take your new weight loss journey alone. Success has been found to be higher when your goals are made public and you get support from a friend, family member or trusted weight loss professional. Quoting Frank Ra (author of the New Year’s resolution book “A Course in Happiness”), he said “Resolutions are more sustainable when shared…, Peer-support makes a difference in your success rate with New Year’s Resolutions”. Involving family members or a close friend in your weight loss journey will help when it comes to eliminating temptation and committing to a healthier life style.

Seek a Qualified Coach
Working with a qualified weight loss professional can provide you the encouragement and cheerleading you need. Several studies agree that talking with a weight loss coach about your New Year’s Resolution can help you have a higher success rate. A Health Coach can offer inspiration, provide social guidance, support after occasional slip-ups, help with your challenges and cheer you along with every step. They’ll also be there to share in the excitement as you reach your goal.

Be Positive
Remember, every step in the right direction, no matter how small, is moving ahead. Don’t underestimate the power of small changes. A weight loss professional will hold you accountable yet not be involved in every eating decision you make. You must learn to make eating choices without immediate oversight for sustainability.

Pictures are Valuable
Chances are if you’re on a quest to lose weight you may not feel great about yourself, so taking a picture may not be top on your list, but pictures don’t lie. If you’re serious about succeeding in your goal, then it’s worth it. Snap a few now, then at intervals along the way. You’ll be able to track your progress and be able to visually see how far you’ve come. Best of all, when you finally reach your goal weight, you will be glad to see the overall change and even identify small facial features and body changes that would otherwise have been forgotten. It will be your pictorial journey on the creation of the new you!

Time for a Kitchen Makeover
One of the toughest aspects of weight loss is contending with temptation. Spend time in your kitchen doing a pantry makeover. Start by getting rid of as many tempting non-program foods as possible, such as cakes, chips, snacks, sugar drinks, high sodium, and fat-laden, high calorie foods. It’s hard to cut back when they are front and center in your cabinets. Don’t forget that you can donate your unopened, unwanted foods to a local shelter.

Keep a Food Journal
When trying to change behavioral patterns it is best to keep a journal that helps you and others to analyze your food consumption and decide where you need to make adjustments to stay on track. You can be encouraged when you see your success over time.

Be Prepared with Structured Eating Plans
Healthy eating doesn’t occur through eating just leafy greens and proteins. You will have to have variety and exciting foods in order to sustain weight loss and change eating behaviors for a lifetime. Structured programs such as those developed and provided by New Journey Weight Loss & Wellness deliver the variety and stimulating food alternatives that ensure long-term success. New Journey Weight Loss & Wellness provides eating plans for adults, children nine years of age and older, vegetarians and non-insulin diabetics.

New Journey Weight Loss
(239) 280-0678

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