7 Reasons Why You’re Going To Fail Your New Year’s Resolution To Lose Weight

Every year people around the world decide that its time to make a change in their lives. While reflecting on the past year, they realize that they did not accomplish what they set forth.

For the many, there was some sort of fitness goal that got forgotten way back at the beginning of last January. It’s a blur but you know there was that goal.

You tell yourself that you didn’t make the goal because you had other important things pop up in your life. The kids may have needed new clothes or you got caught up in lots of business trips that made it difficult to maintain the momentum of the goal.

Whatever last year’s case may be, you know that there’s a new year approaching. You now have a new sense of hope. You sit down and tell yourself this time i’m going to make it and accomplish my goal!

Not so fast!!

Before you have a spectacular case of new year’s deja vu, let me be Mr. Skeptical and tell you the reasons why you’re going to fail your new year’s resolution to lose weight.

You Wait Until January 1st

If you have a significant amount of weight to lose, why not make it easier on yourself and get started today? It doesn’t have to be much but just a baby step.

Too many wait until New Year’s Day to do a 180 degree turn on their lifestyle. That’s a recipe that’s destined to fail after a few days/weeks.

No habit can be changed overnight.

You should start today so you can have time to flush out all the steps you will need to make this a long term habit. Aiming to improve by 1% every day is better than just waiting until January 1st. You’re setting yourself up for failure just by making January 1st…The Day.

You Expect Magic

The biggest problem with waiting until New Years Day is that you’re acting as if there’s something magically about starting a fat loss diet plan on January 1st.

Do you actually know the statistics of people that actually stay committed to their New Year’s Resolution to lose weight?

80% of the people that choose to get fit starting New Year’s Day don’t make it past the first week of February!

80 out of 100 people!!!

There’s nothing magically about starting a weight loss plan on New Year’s Day! You should be starting today!

You Don’t Know What To Do When Nobody Is Watching You

It’s easy to go on your social media pages and tell everyone you’re going to lose a ton of weight because this time it’s going to be different. You tell yourself that this is how you will be held accountable. You put yourself out there hoping others will do the same as well.

Your post get’s likes, so you feel good about what you had to say. That’s fine for the short term. But what about the long term?

Are you going to be sending out a tweet when you eat a extra serving of pie for dessert? Or how about the week you skip the gym two days in a row? Will you be posting about that?

See that’s the secret to losing weight that most people are not aware of. It’s the times nobody is watching you that makes the difference.

You can broadcast about your life 23 hours a day. But when losing weight, it’s that 1 hour when you’re alone that matters.

Will you still be dedicated to your weight loss goal when nobody is around to watch you?

What you do with your time when no one is cheering you on will determine just how motivated you truly are towards your goal!

You Expect The Journey To Be Easy

If this is your first time hearing about me, then I highly encourage you to check out my book, Just Keep Going!: How To Avoid Seasonal Weight Gain & Finally Finish Any Fat Loss Diet Plan!

That book gives an awesome story of how something that was supposed to be easy turned into an embarrassing nightmare because the journey was tough. Despite the many setbacks, the person kept pushing forward.

Those who only make New Year’s plans rarely know how to handle the journey when it get’s rough.

You Don’t Know Why You’re Currently Not In Shape

Have you ever truly taken the time to exactly analyze how you got to where you are?

Release The Beast: Conquer Mental, Physical & Mental Challenges To Unleash The Champion Inside! had several chapters dedicated to exploring your past. The exercises are simple but very powerful. You can’t know how to plan for a better future if you don’t know how you got to where you are today.

There’s a reason you stopped going to the gym.
There’s a reason why you have several drinks when dining out with clients on business trips.
There’s a reason you always have french fries and a soda with your hamburger.

Once you get to the root of the issue, you’ll be better equipped to come up with solutions to help get through it.

You Chose To Ignore What The Mirror Is Telling You

There’s two things in the world that will never lie.  (Sorry, your spouse didn’t make the list!)

Mirrors and Pictures.

The easiest way to determine if you have made progress is by using those two tools. All you have to do is look at a picture from a year ago.

Just how different do you look now versus then?

If not much have change, then you know what you must do!

While you are losing weight, you become use to what you see in the mirror thus it’s crucial to take photos of yourself. Over time it’s amazing how you can stack those pictures side by side and see the progress (or regression) you’ve made while on your New Year’s resolution weight loss plan.

If you’re too embarrassed to see the real you in the mirror, you may have a serious self esteemed issue. If you can’t learn to accept who you are in the real world, no amount of weigh loss will automatically make you feel better about yourself.

Love yourself first and the body will change accordingly!

You Don’t Have A SMART Plan

What is a SMART Plan?

SMART stands for Specific Measurable Achievable Relevant Time bound.

Specific (simple, sensible, significant)

Your goal needs to be clear and concise. The goal should be able to address all the five W’s (What, Why, Who, Where, Which)

Measurable (meaningful, motivating)

You need to be able to track progress so you can stay motivated.

Achievable (agreed, attainable)

I will lose 30 lbs in two weeks!” is NOT an achievable goal!

You need to be more realistic. For starters, the body can only safely lose up to 1-2 lbs of fat per week without losing any muscle. If you’re losing weight you should be losing fat not muscle!

Having a measurable goal of losing 1 lb a week is very attainable.

Use the mirror, a scale, measuring tape or tight pair of pants to help measure your progress.

Relevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based)

Is this goal something you really want?

Is it something that you will actually stick to?

Make sure that it is relevant to your big dream for this new year.

Time bound (time-based, time limited, time/cost limited, timely, time-sensitive)

If you never give yourself a deadline, you’ll never have the drive to finish getting towards your goal. You’ll just always have excuses.

Let’s say that you had a goal of losing 30 pounds. You now know (thanks to MicVinny, your favorite traveling fitness coach), that you can only safely lose 1-2 pounds a week.

A year long realistic MicVinny fat loss plan would look something like this:

  • February Checkpoint: 4 total pounds of fat loss achieved
  • March Checkpoint: 8 total pounds of fat loss achieved
  • April Checkpoint: 12 total pounds of fat loss achieved
  • May Checkpoint: 16 total pounds of fat loss achieved
  • June Checkpoint: 20 total pounds of fat loss achieved
  • July Checkpoint: 24 total pounds of fat loss achieved
  • August Checkpoint: 28 total pounds of fat loss achieved
  • September Checkpoint: 30 total pounds of fat loss achieved

You will have a plan to lose 30 lbs by September with at least 8 checkpoints to gauge your long term progress.

The fat loss may happen faster, it may happen slower. Regardless of the exact time it will take in the real world you at least now have an actual SMART plan!


Just by reading this post and having a SMART plan you’re already ahead of the 80 people who will not make it past February while pursuing their New Year’s Resolution weight loss goal!

If you need help staying accountable, sign up for one of MicVinny’s training & accountable services and get the help you need to make it in the new year!

Why Every Day Is A Blessing To Be Alive

Are you truly thankful for your blessed life?

Do you only show gratitude on Thanksgiving?

Why not be better than average and show gratitude on a daily basis!

Watch the video to get inspired to be a good person every day of your life.

Life is not just about fitness and yourself! Get involved in the world and remember the blessings in your life!

Video Highlights:

  • See the positives in your daily life?
  • Do you still care about the Flint, Michigan water crisis? (Be honest!!!)
  • Try to be thankful for one thing every day

What It’s Like Being The New Kid

Do you remember what it’s like being the new “kid” at your new job?

We’ve all been there. Whether it was at school, a gym or starting a new job. We all know what it’s like to be the new kid.

It can be awkward and embarrassing as you try your best to make new friends and relate to the new people around you.

Video Highlights:

  • Getting use to being the new person while changing careers
  • Working at a local gym as a personal trainer
  • Why people hate personal trainers
  • Judging others without actual knowing the whole story
  • Not everyone wants to look and be just like you

What One Year Of Calorie Counting Taught Me

Learn what happens when you spend a full year logging your meals in MyFitnessPal!

Ever wondered what would happen if you logged what you ate for a full year?

Using the free friendly food journal app, MyFitnesspal, MicVinny spent the past year recording every meal he ate. What started out as a method to help out the client mentioned in the #1 Best-Selling Book, Just Keep Going, turned into a full year of food journaling.

See what happened on the last day of the journey.

Video Highlights:

  • How I made sure I had enough protein/calories for my day of traveling
  • How I made a healthy choice while eating out at Panera Bread
  • A future idea for a fast food “How To Survive Video”
  • What happened on MyFitnessPal on Day 365
  • Why I don’t recommend you try this experiment
  • Why you need to keep showing up if you want to be successful
  • Stephen Curry & Michael Phelps inspirational commercials

See My Previous Calorie Counting Blog Observations & Lessons Learned

What 100 Days of Calorie Counting Taught Me
What 200 Days of Calorie Counting Taught Me
What 300 Days of Calorie Counting Taught Me

Conservative or Liberal: How Today’s Decision Will Ultimately Affect Your Body Forever

Americans….

You have a very important decision to make today. For the last couple of years you’ve seen viable options come and go. Through a process of elimination those many choices have been dwindled down into only two.

For over six months you’ve wavered between those two choices. There’s some good but you can’t help but notice the bad with either choice. This has been a tough choice for you! You’ve scroll through countless social media feeds looking for some new insight that will make selecting the proper candidate easier.

Before you make the most important choice of your life….let’s re-examine your two options.

Choice #1: Conservative

This choice is always the safest bet. The followers of this plan don’t want anything radical getting in their way! If what worked in the past worked, why change a good thing?

You are not required to spend a lot of money. You know exactly how much it will cost per month. This is (normally) a very safe choice.

Choice #2: Liberal

The people who tend to follow this choice have had enough of the typical establishment. It’s more about freedom and having new options. They see that things that may have worked in the past may not necessarily work for this new world they find themselves living in.

They are more willing to make a change in their philosophy. Whether or not they fully understand the policy, they are willing to put their trust in the long term plan.

Take Time To Decide

Today marks a critical time period when it comes towards what you will do for your body. You have to make a decision. It is never easy. The Holiday Seasons is upon us. From Halloween until New Year’s Eve you will be bombarded with advertisements geared toward making you fatter and less mobile. You need to decide if you’re going to let this season beat you down or if you’re going to do something different.

You have to choose between doing a conservative or liberal approach to get to your fitness destination.

Conservative Holiday Season Plan

The conservative approach to the holiday season is very basic. What you see is what you get. You simply embrace the holiday season because that’s what you are supposed to do.

You see no problem with eating as much as possible on Thanksgiving. You will attend as many holiday parties as possible and gorge on cookies and cake. For New Year’s Eve you will give your self one last toast to a year of bad decisions because it will all go away that following day. After all, you (and countless others) will be making a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight.

Why?

Because that’s how it’s always been done. There’s nothing you can do to change this fact if you take the conservative choice. There’s nothing wrong with that choice because it’s your choice.

What you must ask though is if that’s what you really want for yourself? Just because your family, friends and loved ones choose this choice every year, does that mean you have to?

As an adult you still have the ability to make your own decisions. I completely know the conservative approach is easier to follow and follows the tradition of the average person.

If you have no ambitions to go above the conservative average person, stick to it!

But i’m curious if you would be interested in the liberal choice……..

Liberal Holiday Season Plan

The liberal choice for this time of the year is definitely harder up front but will lead to a body better in the long haul. If you’ve never heard of the liberal approach, you will first feel threaten by something new. That’s human nature.

We always fear the unknown which is why so many people refuse to change their lives. It’s hard to understand the small sacrifices up front.

As you look at the liberal choice, you will have to sacrifice time and money at the beginning stages. What that means is that in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, you will be having cheat meals instead of cheat DAYS. You will be able to enjoy the holiday’s meal but will not be gorging on other junk the days after your big feast.

It will also mean that you will not have to be one of the millions of new people signing up for a new gym membership on January 2. You don’t need to because you would have been consistently working out before the New Year begins.

It means that you will have gotten very skilled at eating vegetables and lean protein sources. The old #1 with burger and fries will have turned into just a burger with a side salad if at a fast food joint. Something that you could never imagine yourself doing.

The magically thing about the liberal approach is that these crazy ideas and strategies seem out of place at first. But if you implement them by the time the holiday season is over, you’ll have yourself a healthier version of you that you’ve never seen before! You will be entering the new year with confidence.

This small sacrifice will make it easier on your body by giving up a few unnecessary meals. If you don’t believe me, check out my book Just Keep Going: How To Avoid Seasonal Weight Gains & Finally Finish Any Fat Loss Diet Plan.

There’s a chart of the journey that will blow your mind and make you understand why the liberal approach may actually help you avoid seasonal weight gains.

Which Choice Are You Voting For

Just like when it comes to voting for a big election you must really think about the long term. The choice you make isn’t just for today, but it actually impacts how you will look years from now!

It all starts with just once choice. Something so powerful get’s overlook and could change the history of yourself years from now!

Notification: The Republican Party And The Democratic Party did not financially support any of the material in this blog posting. It is the independent thoughts and opinions of MicVinny… Champion of Traveling Professionals and busy people everywhere!!!

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