How to get ahead in 2016 – the five things you must do to keep you on track through January and beyond

Are you fired up, totally focused and 100% confident that 2016 will be the year you actually stay on track with your health and fitness goals? Or are you already experiencing a wobble and reverting to old habits.

Losing weightIf you’ve indulged as much as most British women do each year over Christmas you’re probably feeling guilty, grumpy and like you’ve let yourself down (again).

Well stop that right away!

It probably won’t surprise you to hear that top of the resolution list every year for the past umpteen years has been “lose weight” – it even made the top 10 in 1947!

If ‘lose weight’ or ‘get fit’ regularly appears on your New Year wish list read on to ensure you know exactly what to do so that this year you stay on track for the long haul.

Get real. If weight loss is your goal choose a plan suited to your lifestyle. Don’t invest in a programme you don’t understand just because it promises amazing results. Knowing how your plan works and if it will suit your lifestyle is crucial to your success. If it’s important to you to eat a meal with your family each night make sure your programme allows for that.

Get organized. Plan what you’re going to eat for the week, write a shopping list and then go shopping. Don’t buy unhealthy foods not on your list or you will eat them! If you do like to have treats in your home for other family members keep them in a separate cupboard or drawer out of your line of sight.

Get set. When you’ve got a big night out planned, think ahead and make a pact with yourself as to what you’re going to eat and drink. Set your intentions, commit and stick to them.

Get public. Tell your friends and family what you’re trying to achieve so they can support you. If your mum always gets the cake out when you’re visiting tell her about your healthy intentions for 2016 before you visit so the cake’s not sitting on the table waiting for you on arrival.

Get back on it! When you do go off plan, and you will, you’re only human after all, don’t waste a moment feeling guilty. You’re only ever one meal or one workout from getting back on track. Just hit your personal reset button and get back on it.

Above all remember your health has an enormous impact on your energy levels, mental acuity and productivity. Staying on track with your health and fitness resolutions isn’t just about losing weight or building muscle it will keep your career on track too.

If you’re serious about investing in yourself this year and want to know whether working with me is the right choice for you don’t waste another moment; contact me now and let’s get started!

Julie Dennis
About the author

Julie Dennis is a weight loss specialist for women over 40 and through menopause. She is WATC's new fitness and health blogger. Follow Julie’s blog or visit: www.juliedennis.net.

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