4 Tips to Starting and Keeping Your Weight Loss Resolution

So here we are. We made it out of 2020, and you’ve made a new year resolution to get healthy and shed that extra weight. You’re extremely motivated and excited. You go sign up for a gym membership that you’ve now committed yourself to for the next year. You rush to your local sporting goods store and invest in half of a wardrobe worth of workout gear, and of course, don’t forget the new shoes. You’re getting ready to demolish your pantry, clear out your fridge, and head to the grocery store to get your new spread of healthy food options. This is where I want to stop you, and hopefully, you haven’t gotten to this point yet. Honestly, I would prefer it if I’ve got you before you even pick up that gym membership. 

Now, before I go into this any further I would like to tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Clark, and I have lost nearly 100lbs in the last three years, and I’m continuing to lose more. This will be the first article I have ever written, but about this 100th time I’ve given this advice. I must preface by saying I am not a medical professional, certified trainer, or registered dietician. I am not here to give you professional advice. I am just an everyday average guy, who let myself get insanely out of shape, who’s somehow managed to lose a lot of weight, keep it off and continue to lose, and learn a lot over the past 3 years. 

I am not here to offer a workout plan, debunk any “fad diets”, or sell you the magic supplement that’s going to do all of the work for you. (Unfortunately, that doesn’t exist… yet) I am going to give you my own personal do’s and don’ts of beginning a weight loss journey and more importantly, a healthier life in general. So here we go, here are my top 4 tips on starting, and more importantly, sticking to, a weight loss journey.

Tip 1: See it for what it is 

As corny as it may sound: Accept that this is a lifestyle change and not a diet that you’re going to start and one day end. If you are simply looking to lose that pesky 10lbs for your friend’s wedding, or drop a pant size, then of course a short term diet could be your ticket, but we are talking about serious weight loss here. You are going to want to have a serious mental intervention with yourself, and understand that your primary goal is not to lose weight, it’s to become healthier and feel better about yourself, and in order to do that, you must change the way you live, it’s all or nothing here.
 

Tip 2: Make it unique to you 

Find what works for you, and don’t be afraid to experiment: I am not here to push the way I diet on you, or tell you that any one is better than the other. Quite frankly I have tried multiple different diet’s and eating patterns over the last few years, and no one in particular worked best for me. I tend to bounce around a few different one’s depending on how they fit into my constantly changing day to day work schedule. So what do I recommend? Do some research! Read about different plans online, request an appointment with a dietitian, or even look into meal prep services that check into your goals, and ship the meals strait to you. The same goes for workout plans. Check around at your local gym’s, most gym’s offer one day passes, don’t be afraid to try out a few. At this point for me, I’ve worked out at nearly every gym in my hometown. You can also look into home gym/workout options, or even consult with a personal trainer near you. All of the things I have listed above require time, money, and sacrifice. So before doing any of these things, I recommend you read step 3 first.

Tip 3: Don’t be in a hurry

Run the Marathon, not the sprint: This is not a race, it never will be. In my years of doing this I’ve realized very quickly that overwhelming yourself with high expectations and harsh deadlines can put a dagger in your progress quicker than anything else. If you take away anything from this article I want it to be this: START SLOW. Doing anything cold turkey is one of the most difficult pressure’s you could put on yourself. Although it does happen in diet, quitting nicotine, alcohol, or other vices, typically those who succeed were presented with a fairly significant health scare in some way or another that put them in that position. Given that you’re reading this article right now I’m going to say it’s safe to assume you haven’t had devastating news from a doctor that has you ready to change everything right now, and that’s okay! For the rest of us a slow process of elimination will work just as good. Your goal is to make this as easy on yourself as you possibly can, because we are shooting for the long term here. This is a process that will hopefully last for the remainder of your life, there is no sense in rushing it. I did not lose all of my weight by only eating lean meats and veggies while weighing out all of my meals. It took me 3 years to get to that point. I lost my first 20lbs by deciding to walk every day and cook more of my food instead of living in the drive thru. For some, obtaining noticeable weight loss may not take that long, for some it may take longer, at the end of the day this is YOUR work, and nobody else’s. My most reliable piece of weight loss advice is to start by taking a 15 minute walk every day, that may not provide the instant gratification that 90 minute workouts coupled with a restrictive diet will, but you have to remember that you are setting yourself up for the long term. Creating a habit first, is much more important than 6 weeks of great results that ultimately end in a crash and burn scenario. There are no secrets here. We all know that eating less and exorcising more will help us lose weight, but if it was that easy we would all do it right now, wouldn’t we? Trust me on this, take your time. Start with a walk, and then when you’re walking every, day maybe go ahead and cut out something from your every day diet. For nearly every person I have met so far, that one thing they first cut out was soda. For me, having never been a big soda drinker, it was Arizona Tea and Sour Patch Kids. Regardless, of what it is, just pick one to start. Don’t feel the need to do everything at once. As time goes on, find more exorcises, build that routine, cut some more things out every week or two, no matter what you do, pace yourself. 

Tip 4: Consistency

Consistency; Through all of the articles, all of the videos, all of the books I have explored through all of the varying opinions and advice all across the fitness industry, the one constant is consistency. Now when I say consistency I’m not referring to sticking to a consistent routine and never shying away from it. That is a completely unreasonable ask. What I mean is that when you fall short of your plan. When you slip up on your diet, when you miss a workout, you forget to walk, or your friend’s decided on a place to eat and you didn’t want to be the only one sitting there without a plate, or failed to meet a short term weight goal: don’t get discouraged! I have yet to meet a single person out of the hundreds of people I’ve talked to throughout the industry who haven’t fallen short of their goals at least a few times. The difference between those who are, and aren’t successful is simple: those who succeed are those who get back to the process after failure. As a compulsive binge/emotional eater I still to this day will slip up and eat my way through an entire large pizza and an order of taco’s within an hour and then spend the rest of the night asking myself “what have I done?” but the most important part of making those occurrences fewer and fewer is getting right back to work the next day. I wake up, avoid the scale, head strait to the gym and give myself a workout to be proud of. Staying consistent is the key factor in making this a long term, enjoyable journey that has potential to bring you many friend’s and great memories along the way.  

In conclusion

When it come’s to diet and exorcise, there is a plethora of recourses out there, go find them! Your journey is unique to you and I am not here to push my ways onto anyone. My goal is to give you a few bits of my favorite advice, a bit of understanding, and hopefully relieve some of the stress that come’s with beginning this process. I also would like to add that this may not all apply to you, and that’s absolutely okay as well, there is an abundance of ways to go about this and this is just one of many that I wanted to throw out there.
I would like to thank you for reading this, and wish you the best of luck on your journey! Feel free to explore this awesome website for an abundance of information fitness and training.

-Clark Morgan-


This article was a piece created by a great friend of mine, Clark Morgan. He has had amazing success with his weight loss journey and is now contributing an exceptional piece of content to help you with yours!

Setting Goals for 2018!

Setting Goals for

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Well it sure has been a while haha, I do apologize. I have been busy with training and getting some new things done for work that I can’t wait to announce! However it’s time to get goals ready for the new year. I wanted to make a post to help you out so you can make this new year a breeze!!

Breaking down your goals to find your “why”

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Let us start with a break down of your goals. What I mean by this is come up with your “why”. You may know what your goal is but why do you want to achieve it? Why is it important to you? You should come up with a “why” statement that will be able to motivate you on the days you are tired and don’t feel like doing anything.

So lets say you want to lose weight, well nice. You have the “what” but now you need the “why”. Maybe you need to lose 20 lb for a health reason which should be a huge motivation. Maybe you are an athlete that wants to be faster. That’s good but why? Do you want a starting spot, or a better chance of outrunning defenders? Do you want a fast 40 yard dash time to get noticed by college teams? Find out your “why” and this journey will become 2x more smoother.

 

Be specific

This kind of goes along with my statement above. Be as specific as possible so don’t just say that your goal is to “lose weight” say how much weight you want to lose if that is your goal. Example, “my goal is to lose 20 pounds in 2-3 months”.

By doing something as little as being specific in your goal setting, you are opening yourself up to being able to tell if you are on track. So if you see you only lost 5 pounds in a month and still have 15 pounds to go within 2 more months then you may have to kick it up a gear.

 

Write them down on paper

This is another tip that literally changed the game for me. When I started to write goals down on paper or on a bored then it was “write” there in front of me… see what I did there?lol

Okay really though, try this out. Grab a piece of paper from a notebook laying around in your house and a pen. Now write some of your goals down and grab a few pieces of tape so you can tape it up. This is where it can be more of an impact. Tape it where you will see it EVERYDAY when you wake up and right before you fall asleep. I used to put it right above my light switch. I now have a big bored on my wall that states my year goals, monthly and daily, yes I said daily. This brings me to my next point…

 

Break it down to a daily mission

So I will come up with 3-6 main goals for a year. These are almost like a task list I live by that year. From there, I will break it down to goals I can accomplish in a month. After I look at those, I take it a step further. I break it down to a daily mission of little goals.

Lets say I want to own a gym and thats a year goal. I break that down each month to get myself to that end goal. So the first month of goals might consist of preparing a business plan and finding possible locations for my gym. When I break those down into daily goals it may look like a list with taking time to do some critical thinking about the business aspect of the gym. I may also drive around local areas and scout out competition to see what could be improved and what is working quiet well for them. So on and so on, you get the point, that would be how I break down my goals to a daily mission.

 

Make a checklist

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If you have followed me for a while then you will know I am a huge fan of checklist and what they stand for. I believe incorporating a checklist on your wall by your light switch is a huge help and creates self-discipline. Every morning you wake up, you turn on your light switch. Every evening you go to bed, you hit your light switch. There is something about checking a task off or a goal that you want to get done. You get a good feeling inside about it because its a sign of self accomplishment. There is nothing better to motivate you than a checklist!

 

Enjoy the process

This is literally the most important part and the key to being happy in life… Enjoy the process. It can take years to conquer some goals depending on what they are, why not enjoy the ride?? I have heard a lot of successful people say it wasn’t the destination that was the best part but the journey they went through to get there. So with that being said, pick a goal and attack it with a head of steam. Take on these goals and have fun doing it.

 

I wish you all nothing but love, support and luck with a new year upon us! I hope you all make the most of it!! Thank you to all that have supported me in doing what I love, I appreciate it more than you know. I am looking to grow my business, followers and everything else I can through another year! Have a great day and enjoy time with your loved ones but make sure you still make sometime to tackle your daily goals for today.

Also, I am taking more 1 on 1 online training clients at this time so please email me at Costafitness1@gmail.com to get in touch about how we can work together to achieve your goals and make 2018 the best year yet for you!!

Happy New Year!!

-Alex Costa-