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6 Tips to Help You Reach Your New Year’s Weight Loss Goals

6 Tips to Help You Reach Your New Year’s Weight Loss Goals

New Years Resolutions are very popular.  I bet you can guess what the number one resolution is?

Yep, you guessed it!  Weight Loss!

Less than 1/2 of the people who make these resolutions keep them up longer than 6 months.  Even worse only 8% actually achieve their goal.

I bet every year you have told yourself, “This year I’m going to stick to my New Year’s weight loss goal!”  Well let me ask you, did you? If so, congratulations! If not, why not?

It isn’t easy to reach your fitness goals, but the wonderful truth is, it isn’t impossible.

6 Tips to Help You Reach Your New Year’s Weight Loss Goals

1. Be Specific.  A lot of times we say that our goal is to lose weight. That goal is too broad. Think about what you need to do in order to lose weight and make more precise goals. For instance, I will eat whole foods and no processed foods, I will workout 4 days a week for 60 minutes at home using my DVD program, and I will journal the food that I eat in my phone app daily. 

2.  Less is More. Having a year long goal is too long! Make smaller goals as checkpoints throughout the year like 30, 60, or 90 day goals. Once you hit lets say 60 days of doing a certain workout routine, make a new 60 day goal for yourself. Having shorter goals throughout the year will help you make it through the entire year without feeling overwhelmed.  You can see the finish line as it will always be pretty close.

3.  Mix it Up.  Sometimes we stop working out because we get bored.  Don’t let boredom stop you from reaching your goals.  Mix up your workout routine either weekly or every few months.  For instance, one month you can take a spin and yoga class. The following month take water aerobics and kickboxing. This will vary how you use your body parts and touch your muscles in different ways. This is the best way to condition your body for weight loss and toning.

Personally, I workout at home.  Every 60-90 days I start a new DVD workout program that keeps my attention for that time frame. When I’m done with that series, I’m excited that I actually completed something, and I’m eager to start a new program that will work my body in different ways with a new trainer. It makes working out exciting and fun!

4.  Log it.  In my workout accountability group that I run, this is probably the thing my clients hate to do the most, but it’s the number one thing that helps them succeed.  Logging your workouts and your food intake into a journal or phone app helps you to stay on track.  If you miss a day or two you know you are heading in the wrong direction.  You can see what progress you made, or how you can improve. 

Medical studies have shown that keeping a food journal DOUBLES your weight loss success! I use a free app via computer and phone called My Fitness Pal

5.  Grab your man.  What better person to help you stay on track and to help you keep accountable than your man!  My husband and I always joke around and say that “the couple that works out together lives longer together”.  It’s no secret that diet and exercise is the secret to longevity.  Since we love our men, let’s do something together that will benefit us both.

There are many fun things that you can do as a couple, hiking, biking, lifting weights, rock climbing, skating, and more.  A healthy lifestyle begins in the kitchen.  Start making healthy meals to get you both headed in the right direction. 

6.  Just Do It!  So many times laziness can get in our way.  Do you think that the fit folks you see with ripped muscles at the gym are lazy?  Heck no! It takes time, it takes hard work, and it takes dedication to be fit.  Don’t look back on 2014 and think where did it go? Don’t look back and still have 10 or more pounds still to lose. 

Do something about it. Don’t start tomorrow. Start now! Make a decision and write your step-by-step plan on how you are going to make it happen.  If you need help, I’m always available to help you navigate through it, just message me or get in touch via Fit Moms Fit Kids Club.

Have a Healthy 2014!


Annett Davis is an Olympian in Beach Volleyball. She loves great food and helping people get healthy over at Her favorite topics are marriage and anything fitness related. Being married to her soul mate, Life Coach and author Byron Davis for 16 wonderful years, Annett loves being a homeschooling mom of 2. She blogs over at, and inspires kids to grandmas to get in shape for life in her private accountability groups.

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