6 New Years Diet and Fitness Mistakes

If your are like most people who make a resolution to finally get started on those fitness goals come January 1st then you might just want to take a look at these 6 tips for avoiding The New Year’s Failure Cycle!.

Avoid these common mistakes and you will be on your way to a new you in just a few short weeks,

Happy-New-Year1. Going full bore too fast. Yes, it is great to be enthusiastic about getting in shape; however, if you spring out of the gate too fast, you’ll never reach the finish line. Pace yourself and make changes gradually this New Year. It will allow you to stay motivated longer and reduce the likelihood that you burnout a few weeks into your new diet and routine.

2. Not charting what you are doing. This is a mistake even individuals who are already in shape make. You need to write down what you eat and the workouts you are performing. This not only keeps you accountable to your New Years routine but it allows you to analyze periods of your plan that are successful and periods of your plan that are not as successful. This will allow you to adjust your routine so that you can stay successful.

3. Not setting measurable goals. Unfortunately, most resolutionists simply say that they want to lose weight or want to get in shape. Without setting a clear goal, you won’t have something specific to work towards. Most sports scientists and nutritionists agree that measurable goals are the best method of goal setting. This could be as simple as saying you want to lose exactly 5 lbs. or limiting your daily caloric intake to 1,600 calories.

4. In addition to not setting measurable goals, most individuals do not setup a timetable for when they want to reach their goals. When compounded with a generic goal like "I want to get in shape", there is no real direction for the individual to take to progress toward that goal. A timetable will keep you accountable throughout the process. For example, if your goal is to lose 5 lbs., then you could set a date 6 weeks out at which you want the goal accomplished by. Furthermore, you can set a goal of reaching at least one-pound of weight loss each week. This means you have to keep to yno-excusesour plan to meet the challenge you set before yourself.

5. Deciding to start when the calendar turns to Jan 01, 2XXX. You don’t have to wait to New Years to start working on your resolution. There is no magic power that will make you any more successful when the calendar shows 1/01 than if the calendar shows 3/01 or 11/20 or 12/18. The most important part is deciding you want to make the change and then starting on it. Developing a mentality of delaying the start of your new program is doomed to failure. Start today!

6. Believing everyone around you will support your decision. Unfortunately, your decision to change will be met with opposition by your friends and loved ones. They will invariably offer you foods you know you shouldn’t eat or invite you to activities that take time away from working out. As much as you would like to get them involved in your change, you have to remember you are the one that is changing, not them. You should rely on support from yourself and other like minded individuals, like a personal trainer or a friend who might also be changing, to help you meet your New Years goals.


Committed to your success!’


JJ Brawley N.C.P.T.

The San Diego Personal Trainer that GUARANTEES your success!


PS: Do you need help with setting realistic goals for yourself this year?  Call me….Lets sit down and draw you a map to your success!


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