Okay, you know the drill. In fact, I feel like I invented it. You muddle through the first week of the year gung-ho. With your resolutions in hand you head to the gym and log every calorie you eat on Loseit.com.
Week two arrived early this morning and I couldn’t wait to weigh in. Holy Moly, I lost the two pounds Loseit.com promised and there was nothing off limits.
Incidentally, if you haven’t heard of this site, it would be worth your time to check it out. It’s the most user-friendly of all weight loss sites and I can’t tell you how motivational it is. I log in everything I plan to consume during the day ahead, and it tells me how many calories I have left and the nutritional make-up. After my work-out it tells me how many calories I can add back to the day.
You even earn badges for being a good girl. I feel like a brownie scout again!
For me, this has been the magic tool I’ve been missing. Even if your goal isn’t weight loss, you can easily assess where you are deficient in nutrients.
It has also helped me in other areas where I tend to gulp air instead of taking baby steps. If you waste your day watching a Jerry Springer marathon, chances are you’re an unhappy, frustrated person.
Here are a few strategies from Life Coach Jerry Grosman on how to ramp up your days and reach your goals.
- Decide what is most important in your life. Is it your family, your health, your dog? Then, block out time to spend on these aspects in your planner (come on, I know you have a planner). If you don’t make them a priority, you become a marionette, responding to life by having your strings pulled. (I pencil in my workout qat 10 a.m. each morning because that’s when there’s no one at the gym but me.)
- Take planning tips from four-legged gurus. Take a lesson from my dog–(no I am not crazy, read on). My fluffy white guru Sammie doesn’t see the whole yard and thinks, "where do I begin digging it up" or "what if I can’t remove the flowers and plants with my paws" or "when I was a puppy, I came from a dysfunctional litter so I can’t do this." She just goes in there and picks a space to begin her "project." The advantage that you have over Sammie is that you can learn from other "dogs" who have been there before and, thus, speed up the learning curve.
- Don’t live in your day planner. I am guilty of this at times. I know it feels good to write down your to-do list in minute detail in your planner and plan each action step of the day in a-b-c priority. The best thing to do is learn from my wife, who has never carried a planner with even half-inch rings. She takes a white piece of paper and writes down her goals and then (this is the kicker) DOES them. You want to get to a point where you don’t spend more time with your planner than your dog, cat, significant other, or child. It is a tool designed to serve you much like the cell phone, email, and pager that exist everywhere today (I even see them in movie theatres). Get it down on paper and then create the reality from that.
- Establish a starting point or baseline. For example, if you are overweight and you want to lose weight. With such a general goal, you may have trouble keeping your progress, but if you know that you are 180 pounds and you want to be at 150 pounds, then you have "a track to run on." The first question I ask my coaching clients is, "Where are you today in pursuit of this goal?" That gives you the clearest picture of what you have to do to get to the end.