How to get real results from your resolutions…

New year resolution and the desire to get in shape concept with a calendar with january first circled, gym equipment like purple dumbbells and pink and black workout gloves

Here we go again. Is this the year you a) go on a diet b) go to the gym at least three times a week c) get some sleep d) give up alcohol?


New year resolution and the desire to get in shape concept with a calendar with january first circled, gym equipment like purple dumbbells and pink and black workout glovesWe are wise women – we know that if we just do the same things all over again we will get the same (poor) results.

So here are a few tips on how to do things differently this year and get real results.

Its all very well saying ‘I’ll do this and I’ll do that’ – we are much more likely to succeed if we hold ourselves to account – but we also know that that’s not easy and sometimes we need some help. I have found that a kick start works really well if you get some help and check in with a personal coach at least weekly. Now before you say that you don’t have time, can’t afford it and can’t be bothered, just take a minute to think…

You would like to lose a bit of weight – right?  And tone up a bit and generally get fitter?

Your food. Try keeping a food diary that you are going to show your trainer once a week. Imagine writing down everything you eat! I can just about guarantee that you will eat less rubbish because you can’t face writing it down. You’re in charge but do you really want to let someone else know you ate the whole packet of ginger nuts?!

Your exercise. All keen, you hit the gym, all sore and time limited you stop going. What you need is a plan, a manageable schedule that has exercises you can do at home and a sensible number of steps per day.  Get outside, get fresh air and get away from everything for half an hour a day. We all need some cardio (where your heartbeat is raised) and some resistance work (building muscles to raise your metabolic rate and burn more calories) but you might need advice on how to manage all that.

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Your sleep. It’s not an optional extra, you know! We seem to think we can get away with less and less – well, that’s not true. Lack of sleep upsets your hormone levels and your insulin control.  Make a commitment to get to bed at a certain time – and yes, you’ve got it – hold yourself to account.

As for alcohol? How about two or three alcohol-free days a week? Great idea – which days?

So you get the idea. All these steps are possible, but can work better if you have an accountability coach to help.

Marion Foreman

About Marion Foreman

I fall neatly into the ‘women who weren’t born yesterday’ category. I grew up in a turmoil of Guardian fuelled feminism. I went from ‘little woman’ to independent person in a decade. I began my nurse training in the early 70s in the midst of a male dominated university town. I convinced myself that my views must be wrong as the ultra clever men didn’t agree with me. It wasn’t until I did my degree with the OU that I realised that I had a voice – and a legitimate voice at that. Four children and three husbands later I have found my place in the world. A place that simply says that I am who I am, that I can choose my own path in life and choose those who walk with me. I have learnt that equality means making and taking opportunities, not feeling compelled to ‘do it all’.