I see you over there, shutting your calendar. You’ve decided to lose weight, alright – but you’re waiting til the new year.
But not so fast – there are 56 days left in this year. That’s two whole months (or about 1,344 hours, to be precise). I can’t think of a single reason to wait til the new year to start losing weight. Not one.
Oh, you might have your reasons:
“Why should I deprive myself when everyone else is devouring homemade fudge and holiday gift baskets?”
“Why bother trying to lose weight when there’s so many temptations?”
“Don’t ya worry ’bout me – I’ll just set a New Year’s resolution!”
On the contrary, I can think of 56 reasons to start losing weight before January – one reason for every day left in this year. Take a look – do any of these sound good to you?
- There really isn’t more temptation this time of year – it will always be there.
- Life ain’t never slowing down – it’s only speeding up every year, believe me.
- If you start sooner, you could feasibly be 8 pounds lighter by the end of the year! (One pound for every week.)
- Then you’ll be ahead of everyone else who actually gained weight the last two months.
- By January you’ll already be rocking clean-eating habits while everyone else is feeling desperate and guilty.
- You’ll start noticing that you’re stronger and tighter within just a few weeks.
- News stations will call your house asking to interview you (be sure to mention me).
- You’ll be strong as hell from lifting weights while everyone else is still on the couch.
- You’ll avoid the greasy potato skins that always make you constipated.
- You won’t have to quietly give up your New Year’s resolution along with the other 92% of resolution setters .
- You’ve got a vacation in mind next year.
- You want to look HOT for that vacation.
- Your boss will think you’re a tower of willpower.
- But you’ll know you don’t need “willpower” to lose weight. It’s all about leveraging micro-goals, yo?
- You’ll still be able to fit into the clothes you just bought (or need smaller ones).
- You won’t be stuck on a cardio machine every day in January (or now!).
- You want to feel better about yourself in the present, not in 8 weeks.
- Your significant other will have yet another reason to brag about you.
- You’ll set the example of a strong, determined woman to your kids or friends.
- Your blood pressure will go down.
- Your cholesterol will decrease.
- You’ll reduce your risk of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
- You’ll have fewer aches and pain, if any.
- Your confidence will increase.
- Other people will probably notice a difference before you do, but you won’t be able to believe it.
- By January you’ll be in a smaller clothes size.
- You can start learning new recipes and ways of cooking food.
- You’ll find new favorite foods.
- You’ll be surprised that you don’t even like certain foods anymore.
- You’ll notice your waist gets smaller first, and this makes you smile.
- You’ll leave more room for healthy foods to fuel your body.
- You’ll be proud of committing and following through.
- You’ll feel confident about lifting heavy things because you’re a weight-room goddess!
- Moving more will become a non-negotiable part of your day.
- Your metabolism will kick into gear and burn fuel more efficiently – which means you’ll burn more fat instead of storing it.
- You won’t be out of breath when you take the stairs.
- You’ll enjoy indulging more because it will be guilt-free.
- Protein will become your best friend because it helps you stay full and build muscle.
- You’ll make new friends online who are also committed to a leaner body.
- You’ll feel more energized in the afternoons as you start energy more nutritious foods and lifting.
- That means no more crashing at 2 o’clock – you’ve learned how to eat for all-day energy.
- You might just fall in love with lifting weights, because it makes you feel powerful and strong.
- You’ll learn to listen to your real hunger cues instead of emotional hunger.
- You’ll have an inspiring story to tell.
- Muscles are sexy. Get ’em.
- You’ll love your tranforming body as it responds to an effective plan.
- You’ll feel better about having your picture taken during the holidays.
- When someone offers you a treat, you can say ‘”no” unapologetically.
- You’ll gain a mental toughness from sticking to a plan.
- You’ll sleep better.
- Your joint health will improve.
- You’ll lose the weight slow and steady, which means keeping it off.
- Your mood will improve.
- You learn that YOU come first or you can’t take care of anyone else.
- The best Christmas gift you could give is to be healthier and happier.
- You deserve all of this.
So maybe you’re a little motivated now. You can see that there are plenty of reasons to start before January. How exactly should you start?
This article originally appeared on www.workoutnirvana.com.