New Year’s Weight Watchers Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions . . . whether they make you cringe or give you a burst of energy, the time for making New Year’s resolutions is here!

I have a friend who made a resolution this past year to start running and cut sugar from her life. Not only was she able to work hard, persevere, and succeed at both goals, but she reached the 1000-mile mark earlier this month.

Wow! What an inspiration. Now just how do I incorporate the kind of drive, gumption, and will power (or is it simply habits, routine, and positivity?) to make a new year’s resolution like this stick?

New Year's Weight Watchers Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions Worth Keeping

With the new year just around the bend, have you been reflecting on the successes and challenges you’ve faced this past year? Resolutions kept and those fallen by the wayside? And what, for you and you alone, is a new year’s resolution worth keeping?

Perhaps you’ve already decided that this is the time to get serious about your health, with weight loss as your focus. If you’d like to join the Weight Watchers community to help you on your journey, save $10 when you use my referral link with Ebates here.

So many of us make New Year’s resolutions in a move toward better health. But that’s so vague; how do we keep momentum and drive when we just don’t feel like being healthy?

Here are some tried and true ideas to make and keep meaningful health goals in the New Year . . . or anytime!

Create New Habits and Routines

  • Change the way you speak about your food choices. “I’m not doing sugar right now” is much more empowering and positive than “I can’t have sugar.”
  • Create positive visual reminders of your goal. Find an inspiring quote and stick it on your mirror. Place a photo of a friend or celebrity who is pursuing health on the fridge.  Or you can even set out a bowl of fresh fruit on your kitchen table to remind you to grab a healthy snack. Anything personal to you that will positively support your healthy living goals!
  • Make tangible, measurable daily goals. Walking three times around the park after work, journaling one page before bed, making a healthy lunch for yourself every evening while preparing dinner. These things are easy to visualize yourself doing and plan, and thus are actually doable!

Stay Accountable with Friends

  • Tell your world through social media, email, or even starting a blog about your New Year’s resolutions.
  • Enlist a friend to call you weekly, run with you, swap homemade broth for homemade bread, or attend Weight Watchers meetings with you.
  • Buddy up to an acquaintance you know who has already succeeded in a similar goal. Ask them for specific advice about creating healthy habits, decreasing temptations, and streamlining healthy decisions.

Fun Ways to Celebrate your Resolutions’ Progress

  • Thermometer: check out this inspiring couple and their Dave Ramsey-signed debt thermometer that helped chart and celebrate progress toward paying off over $100,000!
  • Paper chain: cut out long rectangular pieces of paper from magazines, construction paper, or scrap paper. Link them together in a chain with tape and hang in a prominent place. The links could represent pounds to lose, miles to bike, or anything unique to you. Then, each time a pound or mile is achieved, snip off a link!
  • Calendar: use colorful pens or stickers to mark off each day on the calendar you stick with a particular goal.
  • Healthy Treat: indulge in three squares of dark chocolate, a dandelion coffee, a homemade fruit smoothie, or another healthy treat food of choice each week you meet your goals!
  • Gratitude Journal: keep a notebook and pen propped against your coffee pot, in your purse, or on your car’s dashboard. Throughout your day, intentionally take note of all the good things in your life. You can celebrate specific goals met, encouragement from a friend, a delicious, healthy new dish you discovered, or even the ability to rise, take in the morning sunshine, and get out for a walk.

Making New Year’s Resolutions Stick with Weight Watchers

I’ve found Weight Watchers to really fit my criteria for staying true to healthy, positive changes. Measurable goals, clear guidelines for healthy weight loss, a supportive community, accountability, flexibility with the new Freestyle program . . . the list goes on.

Whatever your personal goals this coming year, I encourage you to take action, make them bonafide New Year’s resolutions, and go for it!

Why Did I Start This Weight Watchers Blog?

I’ve often wondered and have been asked why I started this Weight Watchers blog. The fact is that I started it for Weight watchers blogmany reasons. One of the main reasons is that I figured that it would be a great way to hold myself accountable, to document my progress and become more knowledgeable along my journey. What I didn’t expect at the time was how life changing my awesome readers would end up being, offering encouragement and motivation that helped make it possible to maintain a healthy lifestyle. While I post what I feel is good, unbiased information, I’ve learned even more from my readers. I firmly believe that if I hadn’t started writing this weight watchers blog and built this like-minded community, I would have given up years ago.

Inspiration and Encouragement

By sharing my struggles, workouts, and even body image issues I deal with from time to time, I’ve been able to inspire and encourage myself and my readers along our weight loss journeys. It’s difficult to succeed in just about anything in life without inspiration and encouragement.

Accountability

Let’s face it – our biggest enemy when it comes to weight loss is ourselves. A busy schedule, temptation, a loss of motivation, fatigue, among many other things, can cause us to lose track of our weight loss and exercise goals. Practicing self-control and holding yourself accountable will help keep you on track.

My Weight Watchers blog helps me hold myself accountable by sharing it with my readers. When you’re the only one that’s aware of your weight loss goals, it’s far too easy to let yourself slip up and not meet it. On the other hand, when you make your journey public, you will feel more responsibility to meet your goals. Telling your readers, supportive friends and family members about your specific goals, like how much weight you plan on losing and by what date, how often you plan on exercising, etc., will help you remain accountable. Readers will expect you to meet your goals, motivating you to succeed so that you don’t disappoint them.

Unbiased Source

To be an unbiased source of information regarding weight loss. Part of my goal for the Weight Watchers blog is to be an impartial resource, providing information about weight loss programs I’ve reviewed, healthy weight loss information and tips, and my unbiased thoughts regarding the latest trend in weight loss tips, supplements, etc.

Continuous Learning

I certainly don’t claim to “know it all” and don’t plan to. The fact is, life is a journey, and I will always be open to learning new things. Those who have managed to successfully lose weight and have kept it off have a lot to teach all of us. What they also know for sure is that extreme diets and exercise routines are recipes for failure. Bottom line, weight loss is a journey based on continuous learning.

I don’t sell anything on this blog. Maybe I should. But then that would make me a little more biased I think. Luckily the ads and affiliate links on this site pay for keeping this blog online. So, for now…you get me and my thoughts. I wish you the best in your Weight Watchers journey, and thanks for reading my weight watchers blog.

Increasing Activity Points on Weight Watchers

When it comes to increasing activity points, you may feel that motivation and increasing activity pointsexcitement will get you where you want to go. But after the first week, maybe not so much. Here are five tips to keep you motivated and increasing activity points in no time.

1. Connect With Your Why

The first step in any diet and exercise regimen is to understand your “why.” Why do you deserve to make time for exercise? I say “deserve” because exercise is a gift. A gift to your health, body, mind, and spirit. Be sincere with yourself and address those deep needs and desires.

2. Start with Ten Minutes
Find one activity that you enjoy and devote ten minutes of your day to it. That’s it, just ten minutes. Since the hardest component of working out is getting to the gym or taking the first step out the door, this one small task will have a ripple effect. As soon as you’re ten minutes into the workout, you probably will not mind the next ten or twenty or fifty minutes.

3. Dial a Friend

People who have exercise pals have the tendency to not only exercise more routinely, but they also have more fun doing it. Go for a walk with your best friend and catch up on the day. I love working out with my husband. He’s a trooper! He’ll often go to Yoga or Body Works class with me.

4. Immediately Reward Yourself
I reward myself with a trip to the sauna right after a workout. It’s hot in there and sweat flows (gross right?) from all my pores. I just sit for 10 minutes and catch up on Facebook or meditate. It’s so relaxing and a great reward after I workout.

5. Be Prepared

So much of being healthy and fit is just being prepared. Are you putting out your workout clothes and shoes so you can grab and go? Believe me; it’s hard to walk past your workout clothes without feeling bad about skipping the gym.

Some people use devices like a Fit Bit or Apple Watch. These tools can help motivate you to move a little more and stretch yourself further than before. Just like anything, in the right healthy atmosphere, with the right strategies and tools, you’re more likely to see the success you want!

All of us have healthy and also not-so-healthy days. The key is to keep working at increasing your activity points. Not only do they offset bad smart point days, but they can also mean faster weight loss and a sleeker physique.