John Basedow: Committing to losing weight is a top New Year's resolution for most Americans, but the majority of us fail to stick to our plans by the second week. By setting yourself up for success with my simple tips, you'll be on your way to a new you in the New Year.
Out with the old, in with the new; get started by clearing out the pantries of all that holiday junk food. Start off small by adding one natural day a week and avoid processed foods in boxes, bags or wrappers to get your body used to the idea.
Your next step is to make the commitment real. Transform thought into action, consider joining a gym; buying home exercise equipment or even an exercise DVD. One thing to remember you may not notice the incremental differences day-to-day, but capturing your weight loss with a photograph every week or two is proof that never lies. Make sure that all photos are taken in the same location at the same time of day in the same outfit. Don't worry; no one has to see them, but you.
To keep yourself in the exercise group, mix up your routine with new activities, turn a regular day at the gym into a fun one by trying new machines or taking classes in a new style. Variety is the key to success.
By keeping your pantries clean, your mind clear and routine fresh, exercise will become an activity you look forward to, and before you know it, you can claim your New Year's goal as accomplished.