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What Happens When You Succeed with a New Year’s Weight Loss Resolution

More than half of all New Year’s Resolutions made detail a desire to lose weight, but ultimately less than 5% are reported successful. Losing weight takes commitment and strong willpower. It means exercising daily, journaling your food intake, and choosing water over soda. It means making realistic, attainable goals – not a goal of losing 100 pounds, but breaking that goal into 5-10 pound increments as many times as necessary.

What happens when you do succeed, as I did? I made that fateful New Year’s Resolution on January 1, 2005 and I have to say that those four words – I will lose weight – have changed my life drastically.

Now, knowing that I was successful in that endeavor, one of the hardest things I have ever done, has helped fuel me for the future. I really wanted to lose weight, but I didn’t have confidence in my success. After all, I’d tried countless times before – but this time it stuck. Now that I know I have been successful, it makes me want to try other areas. I’m currently working towards my black belt in Muay Thai boxing. It’s more difficult than I ever anticipated, but then again, so was losing 80 pounds.

When you succeed with your weight loss efforts – and I have no doubt you will – let that success spur you on to your next goal. What have you always wanted to do, but your weight has gotten in the way? List them here!

January 3rd, 2011